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College Baseball: Ridgewater sweeps Northland in 4 games

WILLMAR -- Ridgewater opened its Central Division schedule this weekend by sweeping a four-game series from Northland in MCAC baseball.

The Warriors piled up 54 runs and 50 hits in winning 15-8 and 8-5 on Saturday and 17-2 and 14-0 on Sunday.

Ridgewater (4-0, 13-7) hosts Central Lakes in another Central Division doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunday's Games

Game One

Ridgewater 17, Northland 2

The Warriors batted 10 in the first inning, nine in the third and eight in the fourth en route to scoring in every inning.

The first inning was highlighted by Shane Kampsen's two-run single and Clint Aretz's two-run homer that he hit on the first pitch.

Kampsen, Mike Weber and Cameron Lehner had three hits apiece as Ridgewater pounded out 18 hits. The three also combined to drive in nine runs.

Ridgewater starter Ryan Speltz limited Northland to five hits to get the win.

Northland 001 10 -- 2 5 1

Ridgewater 625 4x -- 17 18 2

HITTING - Northland: Dustin Spaeth 2-for-3, rbi; Nolan Knott 1-for-2, rbi ... Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 1-for-3, 2 runs; Colin Spooner 1-for-1, 2b; Benji Hager 2-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, rbi; Matt Willner 1-for-1, rbi; Shane Kampsen 3-for-3, 3b, 3 runs, 4 rbi; Matt Christensen 1-for-3, 2 runs; Clint Aretz 1-for-2, 2-run HR, 2 rbi; Jordan Prill 1-for-1, rbi; Mike Weber 3-for-3, 3 rbi; Jordan Flick 1-for-3; Cameron Lehner 3-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Northland: Ryan Kalinowsky (L) 2 2/3-12-11-11-1-0, Brett Mistic 1 1/3-6-6-6-3-1 ... Ridgewater: Ryan Speltz (W) 5-5-2-2-1-2

Game Two

Ridgewater 14, Northland 0

Matt Christensen was the beneficiary of another offensive explosion for Ridgewater as the sophomore from Aitkin struck out four and surrendered five singles in his complete-game win.

Mike Weber went 3-for-3 and Christensen, Luke Frauendienst and Shane Kampsen had two hits apiece to spark the Warriors. Frauendienst and Christensen both knocked in three runs. Kampsen drove in two more, while Weber, Kelvin Nelson, Clint Aretz and Cameron Lehner all had an RBI.

Northland 000 00 -- 0 5 3

Ridgewater 316 4x -- 14 11 3

HITTING - Northland: Dustin Spaeth 2-for-3 ... Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 rbi; Shane Kampsen 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Matt Christensen 2-for-3, 3 rbi; Kelvin Nelson 1-for-3, rbi; Clint Aretz 1-for-3, rbi; Mike Weber 3-for-3, rbi; Cameron Lehner 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Northland: Jordan Anderson (L) 2-8-9-6-1-0, Dillion Lundeen 2-3-5-5-4-0 ... Ridgewater: Matt Christensen (W) 5-5-0-0-0-4

Saturday's Games

Game One

Ridgewater 15, Northland 8

Ridgewater jumped on Northland early and never let up as the Warriors shook off eight errors -- Northland had only one earned run -- by getting 14 hits.

Eight different players got at least one hit for Ridgewater with Matt Christensen and Cameron Lehner getting three each. Shane Kampsen slugged a two-run homer in the first and later delivered a two-run triple. Christensen also knocked in four runs with two doubles and a single.

Northland 100 106 0 -- 8 12 2

Ridgewater 261 204 x -- 15 14 8

HITTING - Northland: Dillion Lundeen 3-for-4, 2b, John Thorson 3-for-4, 2b; Brian Vorboust 2-for-4 ... Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 1-for-5, rbi; Benji Hager 1-for-1, 4 runs; Shane Kampsen 2-for-2, 3b, 2-run HR, 4 runs, 4 rbi; Matt Christensen 3-for-4, 2 2b's, 2 runs, 4 rbi; Kelvin Nelson 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Clint Aretz 2-for-2, 2b, 3 runs, 2 rbi; Jordan Flick 1-for-4; Cameron Lehner 3-for-4, 2b, 3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Northland: Cory Schmitz (L) 1 2/3-5-6-6-1-0, Auston Zetah 3 1/3-4-3-3-3-1, Nick Gray 0-4-4-4-0-0, Brett Mistic 1-2-0-0-0-1 ... Ridgewater: Chris Braaten (W) 6-11-8-1-1-2, Mitch Allore 1-1-0-0-0-0

Game Two

Ridgewater 8, Northland 5

Trailing 4-1 entering the fifth inning, Ridgewater pulled ahead with five runs in the frame. Matt Christensen highlighted the frame with a grand slam to straight-away center.

Clint Aretz singled and doubled and Mike Weber drove in a run for the Warriors.

Northland 202 001 0 -- 5 6 4

Ridgewater 010 052 x -- 8 7 2

HITTING - Northland: Dillion Lundeen 2-for-3, 2b, 2-run HR, 2 rbi ... Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 1-for-3; Matt Christensen 1-for-4, grand slam, 4 rbi; Clint Aretz 2-for-2, 2b; Mike Weber 1-for-3, rbi; Jordan Flick 1-for-3; Cameron Lehner 1-for-1

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Northland: Nolan Knott (L) 6-7-8-7-3-5 ... Ridgewater: Cody Conners (W) 6-5-5-5-3-6, Cody Johnson (S) 1-1-0-0-0-1