Beavers go 1-3 in four game set with St. Cloud State
Thursday, February 26, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome) -- Bemidji State baseball dropped three of four games to St. Cloud State University at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, winning 4-3 in the opening game of the four game series and then falling 9-6, 19-6, and 4-1 in the final three games with the Huskies.

The Beavers opened up the four game set with a come from behind 4-3 win knocking off the Huskies for the first time since April 18, 2006. St. Cloud State opened up the scoring in game 1 in the bottom of the second inning when the Huskies platted all three of their runs. Nate Hammes led the inning off with a double to center field and then moved to third off a singe by Mic Johnson. Both runners scored off a Beau Musgjerd double to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. Joe Kroc picked up St. Cloud State’s third RBI of the game when he grounded out to second base to give SCSU a 3-0 lead at the end of two innings of play.

BSU slowly began to chip away at the Huskies lead as Josh Juntunen (Sr., 1B/LHP, Elk River, Minn.) scored the Beavers first run of the game on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. A pair of RBI singles in the sixth by Ryan Bohannan (Sr., RF/RHP, Goodyear, Ariz.) and Alex Messick (So., C, Lakeville, Minn.) tied the game at 3-3 heading into the seventh and final inning.

A two out RBI triple in the top of the seventh by Paul Newman (Sr., DH/1B, Durhamville, N.Y.) scored Juntunen from first who reached base on a walk giving BSU its first lead of the game 4-3 which proved to be the game winning run.

BSU got five solid innings of work out of senior pitcher Brent Vollbrecht (Sr., RHP, Morristown, Minn.) as he gave up three runs (three earned) off five hits with one strikeout. Randy Amos (Sr., P, Wilmington, N.C.) secured his second win of the season for BSU as he worked one inning giving up a walk with one strikeout. Amos record moves to 2-0 on the season. Bohannan closed out the game garnering his third save of the season with two strikeouts and one walk.

Husky starter David Deminsky worked 5.2 innings allowing three runs (three earned) off three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts. Matt Swanson gave up two hits facing just two batters with Tim Radmacher picking up the loss falling to 1-2 on the season as he worked 1.1 innings giving up one hit and one run (one earned).

In Game 2 of the series Bemidji State jumped out to a 2-0 lead through one inning of play but nine unanswered runs by the Huskies help it get out to a 9-2 lead in the fifth inning, then squashed a Bemidji State rally in the later innings at four runs before holding on to win 9-6.

P.J. McIntee (Sr., 2B, Randoph, Minn.) led off with a triple sparking a first inning rally that saw BSU score two runs on three hits. Josh Silvernagel (Jr., SS/RHP, Bismarck, N.D.) and Juntunen picked up the two RBI in the inning giving the Beavers the early 2-0 lead.

St. Cloud State quickly erased the two run deficit as the Huskies used four hits to score five runs in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead. SCSU pushed its lead to 9-2 as the Huskies platted four runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. BSU scored three in the fifth to make the score 9-5. Ryan Sander (So., INF/RHP, St. James, Minn.) led the inning off with a single to left field, and Dan Bennett (Jr., C, Hayfield, Minn.) followed with a pinch hit single to left field. Justin Huether (Sr., OF/RHP, Brainerd, Minn.) singled to right field with one out to score Sander and Bennett to make the score 9-4. Juntunen singled to right field scoring Colton Smith (So., 3B/RHP, Waddell, Ariz.), but Newman would ground into a 6-4-3 double-play to end the rally.

Back to back doubles by Smith and Huether in the seventh inning brought BSU to within 9-6 but the that was as close as the Beavers would get as the Huskies held on for the win to split the double-header.

Ethan Branum (Fr., LHP, Brainerd, Minn.) suffered the loss falling to 1-1 on the season giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits with three walks. Matt Fossen (So., RHP, Bemidji, Minn.) and Bryan Buhr (Sr., RHP, Frazee, Minn.) worked a combined five innings of relief giving up four runs (three earned) with one combined strikeout.

Pat DeLaHunt garnered his second win of the season improving to 2-0 for the Huskies working 4.1 innings giving up five runs (five earned) off nine hits with three strikeouts. Chris Koenig worked 2.2 innings of relief giving up one run (one earned) off three hits with one strikeout.

St. Cloud Sate kicked off Game 1 of Thursday’s double-header with a five-run second inning and never looked back. A two-RBI double from Kent Koch and a two-RBI single from Joe Kroc were the big blows in the first giving the Huskies a lead they’d not relinquish.

The Huskies blew the game wide open with 14-runs combined in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. St. Cloud State added four runs in the third inning and two in both the fourth and fifth innings before putting up its largest number of the game of six runs in the sixth inning. A two out grand slam home run off the bat of Lauren Green was the big blow in the inning for the Huskies.

BSU picked up one run in the third inning with a RBI double by Huether, getting the Beavers on the scoreboard. The Beaver bats were in limbo until the seventh inning when BSU put up five runs in its final at-bats, highlighted by Smith’s first home run of the season and a two run home run off the bat of Bennett, the first home run of his career. That was all the fire works the Beavers could muster as they fell 19-6 to the Huskies.

Kevin Morel (Sr., RHP, Shoreview, Minn.) saw his record fall to 0-2 giving up nine runs (nine earned) on eight hits in two innings of work. Justin Brooks (So., RHP, Thief River Falls, Minn.) also gave up nine runs (nine earned) off 10 hits while Bryan Jamieson (So., RHP, Maplewood, Minn.) gave up one run (one earned) on two hits in 1.1 innings.

Tim Scott improved his record to 3-0 on the season for the Huskies working 5.0 innings allowing just one run (one earned) off two hits. Aaron Hoverson gave up just one hit in his one inning of work while Chris Butala surrendered five runs (four earned) with one strikeout in one inning of relief work.

Twelve different SCSU batters finished with at least one hit while Green led the Huskies with four RBI.

Juntunen finished with two hits to lead the Beavers while Bennett drove in a team-high two runs.

In the final game of the four game set the Huskies jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the first three innings of the contest. Green picked up a RBI on a sacrifice fly in the first inning to give SCSU a 1-0 lead. Nate Johnson added to the Huskies lead in the second inning with a RBI single to center field giving SCSU a 2-0 advantage.

St. Cloud State plated two more runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Nate Hammes singled to lead off the inning and scored on a RBI triple by Sam Radbil. Radbil scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Joey Benke rounding out the Huskies scoring for the game.

BSU picked up its lone run in the fourth as Juntunen led the inning off with a double and then moved to third on a single by Newman. Smith drove Juntunen in from third off a RBI sacrifice fly which was deep enough for Juntunen to tag from third and score bring the score to 4-1 which is how the game would end.

Ryan Johnson started and took the loss for BSU. He allowed four runs (four earned) on four hits with four strikeouts and four walks in 3.2 innings pitched. Josh Juntunen threw 1.1 innings of relief, allowing just one hit with one strikeout while Justin Huether worked 1.0 inning of relief.

Logan Birr improved to 2-0 on the season as he pitched a complete game gem giving up just one run (one earned with six hits and seven strikeouts.

Bemidji State is now 5-7 overall and is off to its best start to a season since the 2002 season when BSU was 7-5 through the first 12 games. St. Cloud State improves to 10-4. Bemidji State will be back at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on Wednesday, Mar. 4 when the Beavers battle Minnesota State University in the final two game set of the season at the Metrodome. The double-header is set for a 10 p.m. first pitch.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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