EMPORIA, Kan. (Trusler Stadium) - Bemidji State was swept in a double-header at Emporia State, dropping to 0-4 on the season with 8-2 and 14-7 defeats this afternoon.
BSU held a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second inning in Game 1 before the game slipped away. Michael Nordyke (Ukiah, Calif.) led off the game with a single to left, stole second and later scored on a single to center by John Grindeland (Moorhead, Minn.) to put BSU ahead 1-0. Catcher Matt Asche (Durango, Iowa) led off the second with a single and later came around to score on a Matt Middendorf (Sauk Centre, Minn.) single to put BSU up by two runs.
The two runs was all BSU would get. The Beavers generated just two base hits from the third to seventh innings - singles in the fifth and seventh from Bryan Martinka (Bemidji, Minn.) to complete a three-hit day for the BSU freshman - and had just four baserunners as Emporia State rallied from behind.
The Hornets scored an unearend run in the home half of the second when designated hitter Jason Way scored on a run generated completely by BSU miscues. Way reached on a walk, advanced to second on a balk, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.
With one runner on and two out in the third, BSU starter Eddie Johnson loaded the bases by hitting second baseman Jeff Cammann and walking left fielder Nick Sheaon, bringing up first baseman Scott Smith. Smith put the Hornets on top for good, muscling a grand slam to left field to stake the hosts to a 5-2 lead they’d not relinquish.
Smith’s circuit clout was the second grand slam in as many games for Emporia State.
Camman singled and scored in the fifth, and pinch hitter Jeff Schlosser rapped out a two-run double to right center in the sixth inning for the game’s final 8-2 margin.
Johnson started on the hill for BSU and went four innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits while striking out five. Lee Pingel and Dave Zothman pitched an inning each in relief. Pingel surrendered three earned runs on four hits, while Zothman retired all three batters he faced in the sixth.
Brett Brandon pitched four and a third innings to earn the win for Emporia State. He allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts to improve to 2-0. Toro Trevino threw two and two thirds innings in relief and allowed just one hit to earn his first save of the year.
The Hornets got off to a quick start in Game 2, getting a two-run first-inning home run from Sheahon and a solo shot from left fielder Jared Myers to lead off the second, grabbing a 3-0 lead.
BSU picked up two runs in the third to get back within a run 3-2. Nordyke led off the frame with a single and scored on a Grindeland double, and Grindeland later scored unearned when Jared Podraza (Carter Lake, Iowa) reached on an error with two out.
The Hornets scored an unearned run in the third to go ahead 4-2, then blew the game open with a five-run fourth. Myers led off the frame with a solo home run to right, Chris Pembleton singled and later scored on an error, Tim Barger threw an RBI double into center field and Jeff Schlosser had a two-RBI single with two out to give the hosts a 9-2 edge.
BSU tried to get back into the contest in the top of the fifth when Nordyke and Grindeland led off the inning with back-to-back doubles and both scored, but the Hornets plated three runs in the home half of the fifth to make the score 12-4 and ice the contest.
Nordyke added a two-RBI double in the sixth, and Martinka drove home Grindeland with a groundout in the seventh for the game’s final 14-7 margin.
Chad Schwegel (St. Cloud, Minn.) allowed eight runs (seven earned) in three innings to take the loss for BSU.
The Hornets scored in all but two innings in the double-header, failing to plate runs in only the first and fourth innings of Game 1.
Nordyke had an impressive debut weekend for the Beavers. Making his debut with the BSU baseball program after two seasons as an All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wide reciever and kick return specialist with the football team, Nordyke went 7-for-14 at the plate (.500) with two doubles and three stolen bases. Grindeland went 5-for-11 in the series (.455) with two doubles and a team-high five RBI.
The sweep drops Bemidji State to 0-4 to open the 2005 season, while Emporia State improves to 12-3. BSU is back in action March 11-12 at the Central Missouri State Classic in Warrensburg, Mo. The Beavers will tackle the same Emporia State team in a single nine-inning game on March 11, then play a pair of nine-inning games against Grand Valley State and Central Missouri State on March 12. First pitch of the Emporia State game is slated for 3:00 p.m. Central time.