SMSU BASEBALL: Mustangs return to action at UMC

Independent file photo SMSU’s Cole Petersen delivers a pitch during their May 6, 2017 game against the University of Minnesota Crookston. The Mustangs will face the Golden Eagles today.

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State University (5-18, 4-14 NSIC) baseball team will look to snap a five-game losing streak today as it resumes Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play with a doubleheader at the University of Minnesota Crookston (19-13, 12-6 NSIC) at the UMC Baseball Field in Crookston. The first game, scheduled for seven innings, is set to start at 1:30 p.m., followed by a nine-inning game.

•The two games were originally scheduled to be played at Alumni Field in Marshall, but was moved due to poor field conditions. SMSU will serve as the “home team” for both games. SMSU, which has yet to play a home game or a game in the state of Minnesota, has now had 10 home games relocated this season.

•UMC is currently in sixth place in the NSIC standings while SMSU is in 14th place.

Game coverage

•Live statistics for both games will be available at smsumustangs.com.

•Updates can also be found by following @smsubaseball on Twitter.

Series history

•SMSU holds a 48-6 all-time series with the first meeting occurring in 2000.

•SMSU is 32-2 all-time in games played in Crookston, including winning three of four last season.

•SMSU has won 17 of the last 20 games since the 2010 season.

Mustang

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•Jayden Fleck leads the team with seven multi-hit games while Tanner Strommen has six multi-hit games.

•Nathan Kuhn, who missed the last two games with an injury, leads the club batting .306 with five doubles and seven RBI.

•Fleck is batting .286 with a team-high 13 RBIs and a team-high five home runs.

•Jake Hendricks, Matt Bezdicek and Kuhn all have a team-leading five doubles.

•Fleck’s grand slam to help defeat CSP on March 15 was the first grand slam by a Mustang since Fleck hit one versus Mount Marty on March 10, 2018.

•Connor Johnson reached base in 11 straight games earlier this season, the longest by a Mustang this season.

•Left-hander John Bezdicek has two complete games and has a team-leading 37 strikeouts in a team-high 31 innings and has compiled a 2.61 ERA.

•Right-hander Spencer Schroeder has made four starts and is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 23 1/3 innings.

•Right-hander Donny Schroeder has made a team-high eight appearances out of the bullpen and has two victories.

•Left-hander Wes Sarsland recorded his first career save win SMSU’s win over Dordt on March 11.

•Senior right-hander Justin Clark started two games this season but is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to an injury. He has appeared in 34 games including 29 starts with 147 strikeouts in 153 innings during his career.

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