The games were originally scheduled to be played in Crookston, but were moved due to field conditions and weather.
The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team will hit the road for the third time in seven days as they head to Winona, Minn. for a four-game series with Winona State University Thurs., March 29 and Fri., March 30. The series was relocated to Loughrey Field in Winona, Minn., due to the field conditions of UMC Baseball Field. The games were also moved up a day due to weather forecasts for Sat., March 31.
The Golden Eagles enter the series with a 10-13 (0-8 NSIC) mark. They are looking to break out of an eight-game losing streak as they seek their first conference win. Winona State has posted a 5-12 (4-6 NSIC) mark in their first 10 NSIC tilts. The Warriors lost their last two games Tues., March 27 to Minnesota State University.
Minnesota Crookston Projected Line-Up
R-Sr. CF 1 Anthony Stewart, .351, 25 runs, 6 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBIs
Sr. LF 5 James Cullinane, .217, 11 runs, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Sr. SS 27 Ethan Mushitz, .309, 16 runs, 5 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 17 RBIs
Jr. 1B 33 Reed Hjelle, .389, 15 runs, 9 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 27 RBIs
Jr. 3B 16 Jonathan Lund, .253, 7 runs, 2 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBIs
R-So. DH 12 Wyatt Peppel, .280, 4 runs, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBIs
R-Sr. C 7 Zach Frazier, .183, 8 runs, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs
R-Sr. 2B 6 David Anaya, .234, 9 runs, 2 2B, 4 RBIs
Sr. RF 20 Mitchell Bornhauser, .224, 11 runs, 1 2B, 4 RBIs
Sr. OF 8 Scott Mortenson, .267, 3 runs, 1 2B
Fr. UT 29 Ben Thoma, .171, 6 runs, 7 RBIs
R-So. 1B/32 Hunter Baldwin, .211, 2 runs, 2 RBIs
Jr. RHP 23 Parker Hanson, 1-4 3.25 ERA, 36.0 IP, 29 K, 9 BB
Jr. RHP 21 Zach Seipel, 1-1 3.68 ERA, 14.2 IP, 4 saves, 26 K, 10 BB
Jr. LHP 24 Zach Rustad, 1-3 6.15 ERA, 26.1 IP, 27 K, 14 BB
R-So. RHP 38 Esten Beneda, 0-0 1.42 ERA, 6.1 IP, 4 K, 0 BB
Jr. RHP 37 Louis Gerzin, 0-0 2.35 ERA, 7.2 IP, 4 K, 1 BB
Minnesota Crookston saw their bats come out of a slump Tuesday as they scored 11 runs on 22 hits against Minot State University. The Golden Eagles had previously not produced over 10 hits in a game since March 12 versus Pace University. The Golden Eagles are hitting .268 on the 2018 season. They have been propelled by Reed Hjelle (Jr., 1B, East Grand Forks, Minn.), who is hitting .389 with nine doubles, one triple, three home runs and 27 RBIs. Anthony Stewart (R-Sr., OF, Oak Harbor, Wash.) is fresh off a two home run game against the Beavers Tuesday. Stewart is batting .351 with 25 runs, six doubles, five triple, three home runs and 16 RBIs. Ethan Mushitz (Sr., SS, East Grand Forks, Minn.) is also coming off a two home run game against Minot State. Mushitz leads the team with five home runs and has 17 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Wyatt Peppel (R-So., DH, Greenbush, Minn.) has also been a run producer for the Golden Eagles. He is batting .280 with four runs, three doubles, one home run and seven RBIs.
The pitching staff enters the series with a 5.55 earned runs average (ERA). Parker Hanson (Jr., RHP, Hawley, Minn.) has guided the staff with a 3.25 ERA in 36.0 innings pitched. Hanson has 29 strikeouts to just nine walks. Zach Seipel (Jr., RHP, Eagan, Minn.) protects the Golden Eagles on the back-end as the closer is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 14.2 innings pitched with four saves, 26 strikeouts and 10 walks. In addition to Seipel, several other bullpen arms have been throwing well for the Golden Eagles. Esten Beneda (R-So., RHP, Lankin, N.D.) is 0-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 6.1 innings pitched with four strikeouts and no walks. Louis Gerzin (Jr., RHP, Ely, Minn.) has posted a 0-0 mark with a 2.35 ERA in 7.2 innings pitched with four strikeouts and one walk.
Winona State is hitting .262 as a team with just 69 runs scored, 19 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 65 RBIs. The Warriors have struck out 107 times this season with just 52 walks earned. Sam Kohnle, who is hitting .354 with four runs, two doubles and nine RBIs, has led Winona State. Taylor Field comes in hitting .317 with 11 runs, one double, one home run and seven RBIs. Derek Martin is batting .311 with six runs, two doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs.
The Warriors have a 7.31 ERA on the season. They have 101 strikeouts as a staff with 56 walks. The top starter for the Warriors has been Caleb Schoenholz, who is 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts and five walks. Aaron Mutter comes in with an 0-1 mark and a 3.48 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched, while Austin Savary is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched with 15 strikeouts and six walks.
The Golden Eagles took 1-of-4 games with Winona State to open the conference season in 2017. The previous season, Minnesota Crookston took all three wins from the Warriors in a three-game series.