Bemidji State sweeps UM-Crookston, 16-2 and 9-3
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
April 10, 2002
box scores - [game 1] [game 2]

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State took advantage of strong starting pitching, timely hitting and a porous Minnesota, Crookston defense to sweep a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference double-header, 16-2 and 9-3, this afternoon at BSU Baseball Field.

The Golden Eagles committed nine errors in the double-header, six in Game 1 alone, leading to 10 unearned BSU runs for the day.

“We played well and took advantage of Crookston’s mistakes,” BSU head coach Jim Grimm said. “I was happy with the pitching performance and I was pleased with our defense in the conditions we had to play in.

“The pitchers didn’t throw too many pitches, so all four will be ready this weekend if we need them,” Grimm added.

In Game 1, three errors by Crookston third baseman Randy Thompson in the first two innings helped the Beavers take a 6-0 lead, with all six runs unearned. Thompson’s fielding error on Gunner Geller’s ground ball down the line with two out in the first eventually led to the first BSU run, and Thompson committed a fielding and a throwing error in a five-run BSU second. All six of BSU’s unearned runs in the first two innings of Game 1 came with two outs.

After being held scoreless in the third, BSU put up four more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a grand slam from Geller to go up 10-0, then added six runs in the bottom of the fifth. BSU had six hits in the fifth, including a triple from Geller.

Geller led five Beavers with two or more hits in the contest, finishing the game 3 for 4 at the plate with two runs scored and a career-high six RBI. Geller’s six RBI are the most by a BSU player since Joe Thoma also had six against Wayne State on April 18, 1999. Shaun Ross went 3-for-3 with two RBI and four runs scored, Nate Olson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Ben Woodford and Isaac Smieja had two hits apiece to lead the 16-hit BSU attack.

Shaun Zenner shut out the Golden Eagles for five innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six and walking only one. Zenner earned the win for the Beavers, improving to 3-1. Tyler Norland came on in relief to pitch the sixth and seventh. Norland allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits with two strikeouts. BSU’s eight team strikeouts tie its season high, set in the opener against Edinboro on March 10.

BSU again took advantage of Crookston’s defense in Game 2, plating nine runs on just four hits in a 9-3 win to complete the sweep. BSU scored five runs on just two hits in the second inning thanks to three Crookston errors - a fielding error by the center fielder, a throwing error by the second baseman and a fourth error of the double-header from the third baseman.

Crookston pulled within 5-3 with a single run in the top of the third and a pair of runs in the fifth, but BSU put the game away with a three-run fifth. After each of the first two BSU batters in the inning walked, a two-RBI double from Isaac Smieja and a Brian Beuning RBI single iced the game for BSU.

The Beavers added an insurance run in the sixth without the benefit of a hit. Nate Olson led off the inning with a walk, and after a second walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases with none out, Olson scored on a wild pitch.

Olson started on the hill for BSU, pitching four innings and allowing one run (one earned) on two hits. He walked one batter and earned the win for BSU, improving to 2-1 on the year. Nate Heim came on in relief and earned the save, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked three.

Crookston pitchers issued 10 walks for the game, eight by starting pitcher Chad Hasse alone. The Eagles started out the second, fifth and sixth innings by walking the first two BSU batters of the inning, and all nine BSU runs came in those three frames.

Olson supported his own cause at the plate. He had just one at-bat but walked three times and scored two runs. Isaac Smieja went 1 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Brian Beuning led the team with two hits.
Steven Lee led the Golden Eagles with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with two RBI and a run scored in Game 2.

The sweep moved BSU to 9-5 on the season, 4-2 in the NSIC. Crookston fell to 2-14 overall, 2-4 in the NSIC. BSU has now won four consecutive games, its longest winning streak since winning eight consecutive games from April 21-26, 2000.


GAME NOTES
• Eleven of BSU’s 16 runs in Game 1 were scored with two outs.
• The 16 runs scored in Game 1 represented BSU’s highest-scoring output against an NSIC foe since plating 20 runs against Northern State in a 20-6 win, March 2, 1998.
• BSU’s 16 base hits in Game 1 are a new season high (prev: 14 at Southwest State, April 6, 2002)
• The 10 walks issued to BSU hitters in Game 2 are a season high. BSU hitters walked eight times against Ashland on March 15 at the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla.
• After throwing a ball on his first pitch of the game, Game 1 starter Shaun Zenner threw a first-pitch strike to the next 10 batters he faced.April 10, 2002
box scores - [game 1] [game 2]

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State took advantage of strong starting pitching, timely hitting and a porous Minnesota, Crookston defense to sweep a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference double-header, 16-2 and 9-3, this afternoon at BSU Baseball Field.

The Golden Eagles committed nine errors in the double-header, six in Game 1 alone, leading to 10 unearned BSU runs for the day.

“We played well and took advantage of Crookston’s mistakes,” BSU head coach Jim Grimm said. “I was happy with the pitching performance and I was pleased with our defense in the conditions we had to play in.

“The pitchers didn’t throw too many pitches, so all four will be ready this weekend if we need them,” Grimm added.

In Game 1, three errors by Crookston third baseman Randy Thompson in the first two innings helped the Beavers take a 6-0 lead, with all six runs unearned. Thompson’s fielding error on Gunner Geller’s ground ball down the line with two out in the first eventually led to the first BSU run, and Thompson committed a fielding and a throwing error in a five-run BSU second. All six of BSU’s unearned runs in the first two innings of Game 1 came with two outs.

After being held scoreless in the third, BSU put up four more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a grand slam from Geller to go up 10-0, then added six runs in the bottom of the fifth. BSU had six hits in the fifth, including a triple from Geller.

Geller led five Beavers with two or more hits in the contest, finishing the game 3 for 4 at the plate with two runs scored and a career-high six RBI. Geller’s six RBI are the most by a BSU player since Joe Thoma also had six against Wayne State on April 18, 1999. Shaun Ross went 3-for-3 with two RBI and four runs scored, Nate Olson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Ben Woodford and Isaac Smieja had two hits apiece to lead the 16-hit BSU attack.

Shaun Zenner shut out the Golden Eagles for five innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six and walking only one. Zenner earned the win for the Beavers, improving to 3-1. Tyler Norland came on in relief to pitch the sixth and seventh. Norland allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits with two strikeouts. BSU’s eight team strikeouts tie its season high, set in the opener against Edinboro on March 10.

BSU again took advantage of Crookston’s defense in Game 2, plating nine runs on just four hits in a 9-3 win to complete the sweep. BSU scored five runs on just two hits in the second inning thanks to three Crookston errors - a fielding error by the center fielder, a throwing error by the second baseman and a fourth error of the double-header from the third baseman.

Crookston pulled within 5-3 with a single run in the top of the third and a pair of runs in the fifth, but BSU put the game away with a three-run fifth. After each of the first two BSU batters in the inning walked, a two-RBI double from Isaac Smieja and a Brian Beuning RBI single iced the game for BSU.

The Beavers added an insurance run in the sixth without the benefit of a hit. Nate Olson led off the inning with a walk, and after a second walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases with none out, Olson scored on a wild pitch.

Olson started on the hill for BSU, pitching four innings and allowing one run (one earned) on two hits. He walked one batter and earned the win for BSU, improving to 2-1 on the year. Nate Heim came on in relief and earned the save, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked three.

Crookston pitchers issued 10 walks for the game, eight by starting pitcher Chad Hasse alone. The Eagles started out the second, fifth and sixth innings by walking the first two BSU batters of the inning, and all nine BSU runs came in those three frames.

Olson supported his own cause at the plate. He had just one at-bat but walked three times and scored two runs. Isaac Smieja went 1 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Brian Beuning led the team with two hits.
Steven Lee led the Golden Eagles with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with two RBI and a run scored in Game 2.

The sweep moved BSU to 9-5 on the season, 4-2 in the NSIC. Crookston fell to 2-14 overall, 2-4 in the NSIC. BSU has now won four consecutive games, its longest winning streak since winning eight consecutive games from April 21-26, 2000.


GAME NOTES
• Eleven of BSU’s 16 runs in Game 1 were scored with two outs.
• The 16 runs scored in Game 1 represented BSU’s highest-scoring output against an NSIC foe since plating 20 runs against Northern State in a 20-6 win, March 2, 1998.
• BSU’s 16 base hits in Game 1 are a new season high (prev: 14 at Southwest State, April 6, 2002)
• The 10 walks issued to BSU hitters in Game 2 are a season high. BSU hitters walked eight times against Ashland on March 15 at the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla.
• After throwing a ball on his first pitch of the game, Game 1 starter Shaun Zenner threw a first-pitch strike to the next 10 batters he faced.
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