MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team started its 2010 season with a doubleheader sweep of University of Minnesota, Crookston Friday night at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnn. BSU won game one 7-0 and game two 8-4.
In game one, junior righthander Ryan Sander (St. James, Minn.) was the winning pitcher, hurling six complete innings, giving-up just three hits and fanning five batters. BSU spread out its scoring, earning runs in five different innings. Junior outfielder Nick Jelacie (Brainerd, Minn.) went 4-for-4 at the plate, using the large Metrodome field to record two triples and knocking in two RBI and scoring three runs. Junior Brian Murphy (1B, Longville, Minn.) went 2-for-3, with three RBI, two of which came in the second inning. Senior third baseman Colton Smith (Waddel, Ari.) also recorded a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with one run scored.
The Beavers used a four-run top of the seventh inning to record the 8-4 victory against the Golden Eagles, breaking a 4-4 tie. BSU kept the bats hot to start the second game, scoring three runs off four hits in the top of the first. Senior Joe Chism (Great Bend, Kan.) started the game with a lead-off bomb to put BSU on the board 1-0. The Beavers then manufactured two more runs before UMC recorded three outs. The Golden Eagles then scored its first runs of the 2010 season, putting a four-spot on the board in the bottom of the first. UMC did so on three hits, which included a three-run inside-the-park home run. Freshman Logan Kalis (RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) made his debut on the mound, getting shaken-up in the first inning, but he rebounded like a veteran and pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings before Sophomore Ethan Branum (LHP, Brainerd, Minn.) came in as the reliever, throwing 2.2 innings, giving-up zero runs on zero hits. BSU tied the game 4-4 in the top of the fifth inning. Jelacie ripped a double to left center to lead-off the inning and two batters later, Sander doubled to center field, scoring Jelacie. The Beavers broke the tie in the top of the seventh inning with the four runs. Again, it all started with Jelacie, as he singled and then stole second to start the frame. A sacrifice bunt moved him to third and then Sander brought him across home plate with a sacrifice fly to right field. BSU could have settled for the uncomfortable one-run lead and gone into the bottom of the seventh, but decided to add three more runs. BSU strung together a couple of hits and then a couple UMC miscues helped the Beavers get the runs. Junior Dan Bauer (RHP, Bemidji, Minn.) was called upon to preserve the four-run lead in the bottom of the seventh and he did his job, giving-up a one-out single before retiring the final two batters and the Golden Eagles.
In the game, Chism and senior Josh Silvernagel (SS, Bismark, N.D.) went 3-for-5 and each added a run. Chism recorded two RBI. Jelacie, Bauer and Sander each recorded two hits. Bauer and Jelacie knocked-in one RBI and Sander had two. Jelacie scored twice.
The Beavers continue play in the Metrodome Feb. 6 against Rockhurst University with a doubleheader starting at 10 p.m.