Errors doom Beavers baseball in sweep

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minot State University baseball team opened its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule with a pair of losses to Winona State on Thursday.

The Beavers droped the first game 8-2 before falling 8-6 in game two. MSU committed nine errors in the doubleheader.

In the opener, the Beavers (8-8 overall, 0-2 NSIC) committed more errors (six) than they recorded hits (five). MSU was held scoreless until the seventh inning, when junior A.J. Begay delivered a two-RBI double.

WSU jumped on MSU starting pitcher Jesse Goertzen, scoring five runs in the first two innings.

“We just didn’t come out ready to play today,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “We played scared, we played hesitant and we didn’t grind.”

MSU’s offense fared better in the second game, recording nine hits. Seniors Mike Turcotte and Mitch Olson each finished with two hits and two runs scored.

The Beavers led 6-5 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, but WSU scored the game’s final three runs to complete the sweep.

MSU travels to play 16th-ranked St. Cloud State on April 6 and 7.

– Daily News Staff