The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 16, 2013

Mavericks split pair to open season

The Free Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota State baseball team split a pair of season-opening games with Winona State on Saturday at the Metrodome.

The Mavericks trounced WSU 14-0 in Game 1. Parker Sullivan went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Connor McCallum and Nolan Johnson were both 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Scott Lindner also drove in two runs.

Three MSU pitchers combined on the shutout. Jason Hoppe worked the first five innings to get the win, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out three.

In Game 2, Winona State blanked the Mavericks 3-0. Chase Blazier shut MSU down on four hits. He fanned six in seven innings without walking a batter.

Tyler Ockuly started and took the loss, giving up three runs on nine hits. He struck out 10 and walked one. Chris Williams added two scoreless innings.

The Mavericks (1-1) have a 10:45 doubleheader with Sioux Falls today at the Dome.