DULUTH, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team fell to the University of Minnesota Duluth 9-3 and 9-0 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Sunday.
The Beavers (13-28, 4-20 NSIC) were able to match the Bulldogs’ (24-16, 12-8 NSIC) hit output with nine, but a six-run second put BSU in a hole it couldn’t get out of. Two errors by the Beavers in the inning caused five of the runs to be unearned, which included a three-run homerun with two outs. UMD then proceeded to score a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding 9-0 lead. The Beavers were able to put a 3-spot on the board in the top of the eighth, but that would be all the road team could muster.
Freshman Nick Monson (RHP, West St. Paul, Minn.) started for BSU, pitching all eight innings. He allowed the nine runs, four earned, on nine hits, while striking out four and walking just one. Junior Brian Murphy (1B, Longville, Minn.) went 3-for-5 with one run scored. Murphy also produced a three-hit game in the second contest Saturday. Junior Dan Bauer (MIF/RHP, Bemidji, Minn.) was 2-for-5 with a run and one RBI on a lead-off solo shot over the fence in left center. Sophomore Brian Ahlers (MIF, Champlin, Minn.) also had two hits, going 2-for-4, marking his first two-hit performance this season. Junior Nick Jelacie (OF, Brainerd, Minn.) posted two RBI on a two-run homerun to left.
Game two was all Minnesota Duluth, out-hitting the Beavers 13-3. UMD scored three in the second, followed by a single runs in the third and fourth before posting a four-run fifth inning to own the 9-0 advantage. Ahlers, freshmen Riley Hirsch (C/RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) and Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) got the three hits for BSU. Freshman Ryan Anderson (RHP, Lino Lakes, Minn.) threw for the Beavers, allowing all nine runs on 13 hits, while walking six and fanning three. BSU has now been shut-out in four games this season.
The Beavers will look to snap a six-game losing streak April 21 against University of Mary with a doubleheader at the BSU Baseball Field starting at 2 p.m. The twin-bill will close the 2010 NSIC home season for BSU.