BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) - The Bemidji State University baseball team saw its season-long five-game winning streak come to an end today as the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Beavers collided in their first contest as non-conference opponents in nearly 30 years. In their first season as members of the North Central Conference, the Bulldogs swept the double-dip using timely hitting and the long ball to down BSU 17-6 in game one and 21-5 in the nightcap.
In game 1, UMD lit its side of the scoreboard first by plating a pair of runs in its first at bats. Brian Bataglia led off with a walk and would advance to third on a back-to-back past balls. The center fielder Greg Aker followed a Tim Garceau walk with an RBI single to right, advancing Garceau to third. Garceau scored on a throwing error by the BSU right fielder on the play.
BSU responded in the bottom of the first scoring three runs to take the early lead.
Matt Middendorf (Sauk Centre, Minn.) and Tony Klaers (Elk River, Minn.) kick-started the rally ripping consecutive singles to right field. Middendorf scored the first BSU run when Jared Podraza (Carter Lake, Iowa) singled to left. Bryan Martinka (Bemidji, Minn.) plated the Beavers' second run belting a single to right field. After advancing to third on the Martinka single, Podraza scored to give BSU the 3-2 lead as Matt Asche (Durango, Iowa) reached on a hit to the right field gap collecting his 18th RBI of 2005.
The Beavers increased their lead to 4-2 in the second, making UMD pay for a fielding miscue. With one out, Middendorf reached on a error by the UMD second baseman. After Klaers walked, John Grindeland (Moorhead, Minn.) found a hole in right field to load the bases. Middendorf would score on a sacrifice fly by Podraza before the Beavers' half of the inning came to an end.
Down two runs (4-2), the Bulldogs virtually put the game out of reach in the top of the third scoring seven runs on four hits including three RBI doubles.
The Bulldog pitcher, Justin Hayes, settled down as the game moved on sitting BSU down in order in the third and fourth innings before allowing the Beavers to score one run in the fifth. He gave up just five runs (four earned) in five innings of work and was credited with his second victory of the season. Freddie Hampe collected the final six outs for UMD allowing an earned run while recording a strikeout.
Dan Wagner (Campton, N.H.) took the loss for BSU. He allowed six runs (five earned) on three hits with a strikeout and five walks in two innings of work. Josh Langlie (Thief River Falls, Minn.) allowed seven runs (five earned) in three innings of relief while Marcus Bromenshenkel (Sauk Centre, Minn.) and Dave Zothman (LaPorte, Minn.) each gave up a pair of runs tossing an inning apiece.
Nate Cermak led the Bulldogs going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and four runs batted in.
Podraza paced the Beavers collecting two hits in three at bats while plating two BSU runs.
Minnesota Duluth shot out of the gates to begin game 2, using a pair of home runs to put BSU in a 5-0 hole after the top half of the first. Shawn Lindsay punished BSU for walking Bataglia and hitting Luke Johnson with a pitch by putting a Nate Heim (Kelliher, Minn.) fastball off the scoreboard in left-center field. An Andrew Heieie sacrifice fly to right field put UMD up 4-0 and Cermak homered for the second time in the double-header before the inning was compete to give the Bulldogs a five-run cushion.
After sitting BSU down in order in the home half of the first, Minnesota Duluth used 12 hits and a pair of BSU fielding errors to plate 13 runs in the second and take a commanding 18-0 lead after one and a half.
BSU would get a run back in the second and would add two
in each of the third and fourth innings, but UMD added a pair
in the fourth and another in the fifth before the game was
BSU's Heim was credited with the loss working just one inning allowing six hits and 10 UMD runs.
In one third of an inning of relief, Scott Sand (Sauk Rpids, Minn.) gave up seven runs (three earned) walking three and allowing five hits. Lee Pingel (Ashland, Wis.) pitched 1.2 innings holding the Bulldogs to just one run before Tony Meech (Sebeka, Minn.) collected BSU's final six outs of the game allowing a pair of hits and three runs (one earned).
John Leitch was on the hill for UMD. He worked three and one third innings and allowed five earned runs on five hits while walking four and recording four strikeouts for his first win of the season.
Lindsey went 3-for-5 and collected four RBIs to lead UMD. Andy Eagan (Woodbury, Minn.) collected his first hit of season knocking in a team-high three RBI in the nightcap.
The UMD sweep drops Bemidji State's record to 9-32. Minnesota Duluth improved to 17-19.
The Beavers wrap up the remainder of their home slate with a four-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series versus Northern State University. First pitch of the Saturday double-dip is set for 1:30 p.m. while Sunday's twinbill begins at 12:00 p.m. at the BSU Baseball Field.