• Tyler Luban

Beaver baseball splits weekend series with third ranked Colorado Mesa

Minot State baseball was trying to do something that no team has done in 10 years: win a series against the Colorado Mesa Mavericks.

The Beaver baseball team wrapped up a four-game series in Colorado Feb. 29-March 1 against the number three ranked team in Division II, the Colorado State Mesa Mavericks. In a long-fought weekend, the Beavers were able to take games one and two but the Mavericks responded by taking the last two games to split the series at 2-2.

In game one of the series, the Beavers were able to win a wild comeback 11-10, behind an offensive explosion as redshirt freshman Kellen Peat and junior Drew Behling helped the offense erase a 7-0 deficit early in the game. Junior Dylan Roach filled a valuable role in this game as he pitched 3.1 shutout innings to keep the Beavers within striking distance.

The offense continued early in game two on Saturday as the Beavers won 13-10 behind home runs from Behling and junior Blake Gallagher. In the seventh inning, the Beavers exploded for four runs to give them an 8-4 lead which they would hold on to the rest of the way.

On the night game of the Saturday double header, the Beavers dropped a close one by a score of 10-6. The game started fast with two home runs from senior Nolan Monthei and sophomore Jackson Pokorny. The 4-0 lead was tied in the fourth inning and the Mavericks built on momentum to finish the game 10-6 and got their first win of the series.

After a tension-filled three games, all eyes looked to the series finale as the Beavers looked to make history with a win on Sunday. Early on, the Beavers looked determined as they bounced back from a 3-0 deficit as they tied it in the third inning. The Mavericks put on an offensive show as they pushed across 17 runs on the Beavers and ran away late as they won 17-11 to secure a series split.

Infielder/pitcher Gallagher played an important role in the series by picking up a win on the mound.

“I feel like we played a competitive series from start to finish,” Gallagher said. “We showed what we can do when we play our game.”

The Beavers left Colorado with an 8-6 record looking to reenergize and take the next two weeks to prepare for conference play, which begins Saturday at the University of Sioux Falls at 1:30 p.m.

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