Who said baseball was boring?
The Minnesota State Mavericks and Bemidji State Beavers put that notion to rest on Saturday, at least for a day, with a day of preposterous offense—and perhaps some offensive pitching performances—that led to a 41–20 Mavericks win in a Division II baseball game played in Bemidji, Minn.
Incredibly, the 61-run output came on the backend of a doubleheader. In the first game, Minnesota State won 10–9. The second game was historic, as the Mavericks' 41 runs set a single-season program record and the 56 hits combined (35 for Minnesota State and 21 for Bemidji State) are a Division II single-game record.
Minnesota State put up runs in the first three innings, including 10 in the third, and a whopping 14 in the eighth.
Individually, Minnesota State third baseman Connor McCallum went 4 for 7 with six runs and four RBI, and designated hitter Max Waletich went 3 of 5 with three runs and five RBI. Centerfielder Kevin Kramer went 3 of 8 with four runs and five RBI.
MLB.com's Cut 4 has some all-important context:
To put that all in perspective, coming into Saturday, the MLB's leader in runs this season was the Athletics with 32 and the Tigers and A's were tied for the league lead in hits with 53.
- Mike Fiammetta