MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team defeated Northern State University 4-2 and 4-3 (8) in the second doubleheader between the two teams in two days. BSU sweeps the four-game nonconference series at the H.H.H. Metrodome. The Beavers won the halted game from Sunday 17-4.
In game one, the Wolves took the lead in the top of the third inning scoring two runs. The Beavers responded in the bottom half of the inning and produced a run to make the score 2-1. After a 1-2-3 inning by NSU in the top of the fourth, BSU tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the inning, stringing together three hits with one out and scoring on a wild pitch. The Wolves left a runner on base in the fifth and six innings, but couldn’t get a player across the plate, leading to a two-run inning for BSU in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and the bases loaded, junior Dan Bauer (Bemidji, Minn.) came to the plate and beat-out a throw from the shortstop to earn the infield hit and drive-in the go-a-head run. Senior Colton Smith (Waddel, Ari.) was up next and earned an RBI by getting hit with a pitch, advancing all the base runners, giving BSU the 4-2 lead. The next batter drove a ball to right field, but it was caught and the inning ended. Bauer, who relieved senior right-hander Josh Silvernagel (Bismark, N.D.) to start the fifth inning, faced four batters in the top half of the seventh inning, allowing just one walk and freezing the final batter to end the game.
Bauer and freshman Lewis Bauman (MIF, Colorado Springs, Colo.) each tallied two hits. Bauer was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Bauman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in his first start as a Beaver. Silvernagel went five innings, giving-up two runs on four hits and striking out three. On the bump, Bauer pitched two shut-out innings, giving-up two hits and earning his first win of the season.
Game two was a battle that needed extra innings to decide a winner. The Beavers put the first two runs on the board, scoring in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. Senior Joe Chism (Great Bend, Kan.) led the game off with a double to left field. Silvernagel grounded out to second to move Chism over and then he scored on a sacrifice from Smith. Chism doubled into right field in the third inning to set-up a second and third situation for Silvernagel, who was hit by the pitch. The free pass loaded the bases for Smith with one out and he scored the run from third on a fielder choice that got Silvernagel out at second. NSU scored one in the fourth, but BSU responded with a run of its own in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. The Wolves tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, to set-up a seventh inning showdown. BSU left one on the base path in the inning, while sophomore Ethan Branum (LHP, Brainerd, Minn.) shut-down NSU 1-2-3 in the seventh to send it to extra innings. Bauer had more game-winning magic in the eighth frame as he knocked a base hit to center field to score Silvernagel from second with two outs. Branum pitched another perfect inning in the bottom of the eight to secure the win and the series sweep for the Beavers.
Branum earned the win for BSU, moving to 2-1 on the season. He pitched 2.2 innings, allowing two hits, while fanning four batters. Bauer was again the offensive leader for BSU, going 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI. Chism, sophomore Jeff Schaper (Bemidji, Minn.) and junior Nick Jelacie (OF, Brainerd, Minn.) all had two-hit games. Chism scored one run and Schaper added a run and one RBI.
The Beavers and Wolves finished the halted game from Sunday night before playing their doubleheader. At the time the game was stopped, BSU was up 17-4 in the top of the seventh with two outs. The final four outs were recorded and no runs were scored, ending the game with the 17-4 mark. Ten different Beavers got hits in the game, as BSU had a total of 20 for the contest. Bauer, Jelacie, junior Ryan Sander (1B/RHP, St. James, Minn.) and freshman Riley Hirsch (C/RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) all recorded three-hit games, while Silvernagel and Smith each had two hits. Jelacie led the team with five runs and Sander led the squad with four RBI. Jelacie was also just a home run away from the cycle. Freshman right-hander Logan Kalis (Little Falls, Minn.) earned the win for BSU, pitching five innings, while giving-up four earned runs on seven hits. He struck-out three batters. Freshman Ryan Van Someren (RHP, Milaca, Minn.) made his debut with BSU and tossed two innings, allowing just two hits.
The Beavers return to the Metrodome for more nonconference action against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conferece-rival St. Cloud State University Feb. 26-27. The doubleheader on Feb. 26 begins at 5 p.m., while the twin bill slated for Feb. 27 starts at 12:15 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).