(MANKATO, Minn.) Timely hitting had been the Griffons' strength through their 17-game winning streak earlier this season.
Through the MIAA Tournament, that timely hitting showed signs of fading, and it bit Missouri Western one last time in the NCAA Central Regional. Minnesota State topped the Griffons 4-1 in extra innings to end Western's record-setting year.
The Griffons (40-12) sent Jerad Hawkins to the hill against unbeaten Harvey Martin. The Central Michigan transfer had given up just 12 runs prior to Saturday.
David Chew drew first blood, however, adding the 13th run to Martin's resume with a solo home run in the second inning.
MSU got it back in the fourth as Scott Lindner lined a single to right. Taylor Branstad beat Bubba Dotson's throw to the plate.
Both team's left chances on the field with runners on the base path, none greater for the Griffons than in the eighth with men on the corners and one out. Grant Fink laid down a bunt, but the tag was applied at the plate to prevent Kyle Simpson from scoring.
Hawkins (6-2) matched Martin stride-for-stride, tossing 9 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on eight hits. He was finally pulled in the 10th after putting two men on. Logan Hollingsworth quickly gave up the go-ahead score via Stetson Olson's two-run single. The Mavericks added one more before the end of the frame as Olson scored in the midst of a rundown between first and second.
With a 4-1 lead, Martin (8-0) polished off a seven-hit, seven-strikout performance by getting Simpson to line out to second for the final out.
The Griffons finish 2013 with a program records for wins (40), runs (422), hits (632), and home runs (63).
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