Baseball swept by Minot in relocated series

Baseball swept by Minot in relocated series

Maurice Hudson, Sports Reporter

The Warriors went winless  against Minot State University Wednesday, March 27.

The games were originally supposed to take place at home but were relocated due to conditions with the field, forcing the team to travel to Aspen Park, South Dakota to play both games.

While the relocation may seem like a struggle, junior pitcher Tanner Haessly said the team made the most of a bad situation. Hessly said, the road trip allowed him to continue building relationships with his teammates.

“My favorite aspect of traveling with the team is simply spending time with the guys. From top to bottom, this is probably the closet team I have ever been with,” Haessly said. “It is always a fun time when we have the entire team together so road trips are always a blast.”

In the first game, the Warriors jumped out of the gate with 1-0 lead over Minot with a RBI-single by sophomore infielder Travis Williams, which brought in sophomore infielder Zac Stange.

However, Minot State would get the ball rolling in the third inning, bringing in two runs to take the one-run lead.

Junior outfielder Chad Herbst tied things up with a sacrifice fly to the infield, which allowed Williams to score.

Minot State proved to be the better team on this occasion though, as they ran away with the first game, bringing the final score to 5-2.

In the second game, Minot State started the game with a grounded out to second base, which advanced a runner to third and brought a runner in to make the score 1-0.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Beavers increased the score to 2-0 with a left field double that brought a runner home.

The Warriors responded in the bottom of the fifth inning, starting with a single to right field from junior shortstop Derek Martin and  bringing in junior Nick Nalewanski to get the team’s first run of the game.

Redshirt sophomore outfielder Nathan Loomis was able score off a wild pitch that also advanced Martin and Stange.

Stange would then score off another sacrificed fly, this time coming from Williams.

Winona State gained the lead, 3-2, after the fifth inning, but Minot State would take it back right away in the sixth off a two-run homerun and a left field single that brought a runner home giving a 5-3 lead.

The Warriors tried to work their way back in the eighth inning off a Nalewanski right field double that brought in junior outfielder Andrew Pilner to make the score 5-4, but they would fail to score the tying run and would fall yet again.

Winona State falls to 11-10 (5-5 NSIC) while Minot State improves to 10-9 (4-3 NSIC) with its first conference sweep of the year.