MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Bemidji State University baseball team fell to Rockhurst University 6-2 and 5-4 in a doubleheader at the H.H.H. Metrodome Feb. 6. The losses drop BSU to 2-2. The Beavers left a combined 17 runners on base in the games.
Game one stayed deadlocked at 0-0 through four innings, then the Hawks put three runs on the board in the top of the fifth inning, all with two outs. Senior right-hander Josh Silvernagel (Bismark, N.D.) had only given-up two hits prior to the inning then RU used four to score the three runs, including a two-run home run. Silvernagel got the two outs before giving-up the runs then junior Dan Bauer (RHP/MIF, Bemidji, Minn.) came in and got the last out. Bauer started the sixth inning for the Beavers. He got the first batter out, but a walk and a double by the Hawks made it second and third with one out. Bauer struck out the next batter for two outs, but Rockhurst found more two-out magic and the next batter ripped a single to bring in two runs and give RU a 5-0 lead. Junior Ryan Guy (OF, Fountain Hills, Ari.) replaced Bauer on the mound for the seventh inning and gave-up one run on two hits to increase the deficit to 0-6. BSU’s bats finally came alive in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, BSU had the bases loaded and senior Joe Chism (Util., Great Bend, Kan.) put the Beavers on the board with a single that scored two runs. Guy then came to the plate and singled to re-load the bases. BSU clean-up hitter, senior third baseman Colton Smith (Waddel, Ari.) then came to the plate to try and continue the rally, but unfortunately hit into a double play that ended the game. Silvernagel took the loss and moved to 0-1 on the season. BSU stranded seven runners and RU left five on base. BSU had seven hits and zero errors to Rockhurst’s 10 hits and one error.
Game two started with BSU leaving runners on second and
third in the top of the first, then Rockhurst took advantage of junior right-hander
Ryan Gebur’s (New Prague, Minn.) lack
of control in his first appearance on the bump. Gerbur hit the first batter,
walked the next, then a wild pitched moved them to second and third. The third
batter walked and all of a sudden it was bases loaded and zero outs. Gerbur got
the next batter to fly out to centerfield, but the runner on third scored on
the tag-up. He struckout the next RU player, but during the at bat a passed
ball moved both runners into scoring position at second and third. A single scored
both runners and RU owned a 3-0 lead. Gerbur then got the next batter looking
at a pitch across the plate and the inning finally ended. BSU got one back in
the third off back-to-back doubles by Silvernagel and Smith. In the bottom half
of the inning, Gerbur walked consecutive batters with two outs and junior Doug
Peterson (RHP, Bemidji, Minn.) came into
the game to relieve Gerbur. Peterson walked his first batter to load the bases,
but got the next RU hitter to ground out and end the inning.
The two teams then put zeros on the board until the seventh inning when BSU scored three runs to take a 4-3 lead. The inning started with junior Brian Murphy (RHP/1B, Longville, Minn.) getting a pinch-hit double. Chism grounded out, but moved Murphy to third, setting-up Silvernagel, who hit a rocket to center field, but was robbed by the RU center fielder. The diving play allowed Murphy to tag-up and score. With two outs and the game on the line, Smith took a pitch to the body and then junior center fielder Nick Jelacie (Brainerd, Minn.) laced a double. Bauer came to the plate and singled to score Smith and an error by the Hawks’ shortstop scored Jelacie to give BSU a 4-3 lead. Junior Ryan Sander (RHP/1B, St. James, Minn.) singled and Guy walked to load the bases for BSU, giving them a chance to get some insurance runs. Unfortunately, sophomore Jeff Schaper (1B, Bemidji, Minn.) grounded out to third base to end the inning. As it turned out, the Beavers needed some extra runs as RU was able to produce two in the bottom of the seventh to win the game and compete the sweep. BSU struggled in the inning, committing an error, walking two and throwing a wild pitch that put both runners that scored into scoring position. Sophomore left-hander Ethan Branum (Brainerd, Minn.) started the seventh for BSU and picked-up the loss, getting just two outs. BSU left 10 runners on base in the game. The Beavers had eight hits to RU’s five in the game, with Jelacie leading the way at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The Beavers have a weekend off before traveling back to the Metrodome for a four-game series with Northern State University in a nonconference tilt Feb. 21-22.