MINNEAPOLIS – Playing three blocks from its downtown Minneapolis campus, the North Central University baseball team squared off against Bethany Lutheran College in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader. Surrounded by a sea of purple seats at the newly opened U.S. Bank Stadium, the Rams fell 10-2 and 4-3 despite a strong extra-innings showing in the second game.
Freshman Blazsen Ferreira threw every pitch for NCU in the nine-inning second affair, which was only scheduled to go seven frames. The native Hawaiian yielded just two earned runs in his second career start, striking out three Vikings batters along the way.
At the plate, North Central's Brandon Scott went 2 for 4 with three RBI, two of which came off a double in the bottom of the fifth inning. Scott's other RBI, courtesy of another double, put the Rams on the board in the third.
With the score tied 3-3 after seven innings, the Bethany brought an unearned run across the plate in the top of the ninth frame. Despite having runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings, NCU was unable to answer.
North Central needed a few innings of work to get the jitters out in Game 1, as the Vikings scored three runs in each of the first two frames. The Rams' scores came on a pair of runs in the third and sixth innings, one of which was thanks to another Scott double.
Next up for NCU (1-8) is a road trip to Iowa next Saturday, April 1, when the Rams will play a doubleheader at Central College.