Baseball drops two in Twin Bill in Bethel

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Gustavus’ baseball team lost a pair of conference games to their toughest MIAC opponent this season, the Bethel Royals. The Gusties drop in the 4-1, 8-6 double-header and move to 18-6 overall and 7-3 in the conference. The Gusties haven’t been swept by a conference opponent since the MIAC Championship in 2019 against Saint John’s.

Gustav 1, Bethel 4 | The score of the box

Bryce Novak (Jr., Cleveland) started for the Gusties with a hit to get on base, but the Black and Gold couldn’t do much in the first inning. The Royals stayed strong on the rubber before scoring four runs in the second inning.

Andrew Gustafson (Jr., Maplewood) provided relief after the fourth Royal run and kept Bethel scoreless for five innings. The Gusties had another hit in the fourth before taming the fifth and sixth innings. Gavin Baker (Jr., Lakeville) just won MIAC Athlete of the Week hit a home run to left field for Gustie’s lone run in the 4-1 final.

Gustavus 6, Bethel 8 | The score of the box

Gustavus got his first lead of the day in the second inning after Dalton Thelen (Sr., Cold Spring) found the gap to the left side for an RBI brace, scoring Ethan Mocchi (Sr., Champlin). The Royals fought back with three runs on their own in the third inning. Thelen continued to respond for the Gusties with a line drive to left field to tackle two more runs, making it 3-3.

With two outs late in the fifth, Drake Siens (So., Rogers) homered deep into left field to drive in two runs for a 5-3 Gustie lead.

Bethel veered on a run in the sixth and another in the seventh, making it 6-5 before heading into the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Novak hit an RBI single to even the score. Bethel heated up his bats in the ninth inning, tackling two more runs to cool the Gusties in Game 2 8-6.

Gustavus grounded eight runners and had six runs on 10 hits. The Gusties will then host Northwestern on Thursday, April 21 with a 2:30 first pitch.

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