BEMIDJI, MINN. -- The mercy rule kicked in during Minnesota State Mankato’s baseball doubleheader sweep Saturday.
The Mavericks put up a total of 53 hits, including eight home runs, and 51 runs in a doubleheader sweep at Bemidji State that included a 41-20 result in the nightcap.
The teams combined to break the NCAA Division II record for the most hits in a game with 56 in the second game. That record had stood since 1993, when Southern Indiana and St. Joseph’s (Ind.) combined for 52 in a game. The 61-run total in the second game is the second-highest mark in Division II history; St. Francis (Ill.) and Robert Morris (Ill.) scored 71 in a 1996 game.
MSU Mankato’s 41 runs in Game 2 set a school record.
Boosted by Dylan Dresel’s grand slam, MSU Mankato (21-4, 11-3 NSIC), ranked seventh in Division II, led 9-0 in the second inning of Game 2, then watched the Beavers (10-21, 7-9) climb back to make it 9-7. The Mavericks scored 10 runs in the third, then added 10 more over the fifth and sixth innings. The scoring didn’t end until they scored 14 runs in the top of the eight inning. The mercy rule was enforced after the Beavers didn’t score in the bottom of the eighth.
The Mavericks won the first game 10-9 on Max Waletich’s three-run homer in the seventh inning, after the Beavers had erased a 7-0 deficit.
A few standout statistics:
• Each team used eight pitchers in Game 2.
• Bemidji State added to the carnage by making six errors in the second game.
• Six MSU Mankato batters had at least eight plate appearances in the second game.
• Waletich hit four homers for the day.