In Saturday's home doubleheader against Northland Community and Technical College, the Spartans fell in the opener 11-3, but rallied in the nightcap for a 4-3 victory. In Game 1, the Pioneers put up two four-run innings and capped it with a three-run seventh to seal the deal. Jakob Bradsteen, Casey Peterson and Matt Pietsch each had two hits in the game, while Rory Drewes added two RBIs. Devin Bush took the loss for the Spartans pitching the entire game, striking out three and giving up 10 earned. The second game saw the Spartans take control from the early going, but give away the lead late. M State mustered one more run in the home half of the final inning to get the win. Bush, Ryan Schmitz and Andrew Shaw each collected RBIs in the game. Skylar Mursu went the distance allowing one earned run and fanning seven.
Sunday's doubleheader was on the road against Ridgewater College in Willmar. The Spartans took the first game 17-10, but fell in the second 8-4. The Spartans pounced on the Warriors scoring three runs in the first, five in the second and third, single runs in the fourth and fifth, and two in the sixth. The Warriors didn't throw in the towel as they scored two in the first, six in the third, and solo runs in the fifth and seventh. Pietsch led the Spartans at the plate going 5-for-6 with six RBIs and four runs scored.Chandler Gramm picked up the win going all seven innings and striking out three.Ridgewater avenged its earlier loss with an 8-4 victory.The Spartans started out the game with two runs, but a five-run second inning kept the Warriors in the lead the rest of the game.Bradsteen led Spartan hitters going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Levi Arnold took the loss giving up eight earned on eight hits and striking out 11.
The Spartans will hit the road for a doubleheader against Central Lakes College at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
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