Golden Eagles unable to hold on to early leads.
The University of Minnesota-Crookston baseball team looked to add on to its win column Thursday afternoon with a doubleheader in Aberdeen, S.D.
However the Golden Eagles were unable to do so as they were swept by the Northern State University Wolves.
Despite holding a two-run lead in the first game, UMC couldn’t keep Northern State at bay and ultimately lost 4-3.
The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI groundout.
NSU answered in the bottom of the inning by tying the game at 1-1 on a fielding error.
UMC took a 2-1 advantage in the third inning on an RBI single to the shortstop. The squad increased its lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning on a wild pitch.
The lead was short-lived, however, as NSU hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 3-3. The Wolves jumped out to a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on a bases-loaded walk and held on to ultimately take the one-run win.
UMC’s Anthony Stewart led the team offensively by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Dallas Matthew picked up the loss on the mound for the Golden Eagles. He pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up one run on one hit and three walks.
UMC drops second game
UMC was unable to rebound in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader as Northern State claimed a 10-5 victory.
The Golden Eagles held a 3-0 lead following the first inning and a half on a 2-run RBI single and a solo home run.
However the Wolves answered by scoring five runs in the bottom of the second inning on a double, fielding error, groundout and a 2-run single to take a 5-3 lead.
The Golden Eagles pulled within one in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Reed Hjelle, but the Wolves responded with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the frame to increase their lead to 7-4.
UMC scored one run in the sixth inning on an RBI double to right field to pull within a 7-5 deficit.
The Wolves then scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning on two singles to ultimately take the 10-5 victory.
Stewart went 4-for-6 at the plate for UMC, including a solo home run and two runs scored. Hjelle went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
UMC’s Jacob Butcher picked up the loss on the hill. He pitched three innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout.
The Golden Eagles fall to 18-24 overall and 12-18 in the NSIC while the Wolves improve to 19-23 overall and 12-18 in the conference.
UMC returns to action at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday to host the University of Minnesota Duluth Huskies (21-20, 16-13 NSIC).