BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji natives junior Dan Bauer and junior Doug Peterson were the heroes for the Bemidji State University baseball team Wednesday, as Bauer fanned a career-high 15 batters in a game two 7-3 win, while D. Peterson hit a grand slam in a 10-5 game one victory, lifting the Beavers to a doubleheader sweep of University of Mary on senior day that honored Josh Silvernagel (MIF, Bismark, N.D.) and Dan Bennett (C, Hayfield, Minn.). D. Peterson also homered in game two, posting seven RBI in the twin-bill. The sweep ends BSU’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home season and a six-game skid.
Pitching, hitting and fielding finally came together as one for Bemidji State in the doubleheader. The Beavers produced 12 hits in game one and 11 hits in game two, establishing double-digits in hits in a doubleheader for the first time this conference season and since a doubleheader at the H.H.H. Metrodome Feb. 21 against Northern State University. The BSU pitching staff combined for 23 strikeouts, while issuing 10 walks and allowing eight runs. The Beavers committed just one error in the doubleheader, upping their fielding percentage to .959, which was 72nd in the nation entering the contests. BSU faced left-hander Jeremy Campbell in game one, earning its first win against a lefty this season.
Bennett was 2-for-7 with two RBI in the doubleheader. Unfortunately, Silvernagel suffered a season-ending injury in game one against University of Minnesota Duluth April 17, taking a pitch to his left hand. He currently leads the Beavers in batting average (.333), assists (86), double plays fielded (18) and stolen bases (9). He posted a team-best 11-game hitting streak between March 21 and April 3. During that streak he went 16-for-39 (.410) with 10 RBI and six runs. Silvernagel is a career .299 hitter with 147 hits, 86 runs scored and 65 RBI. He has earned Academic All-NSIC honors three years straight, is a 2009-10 NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award recipient and the 2010 BSU Outstanding Exercise Science Major award winner.
In game one, it only took two pitches for the Beavers to be down 1-0, as Marauder lead-off hitter Marice Burrough hit the ball over the left field fence. U-Mary added on a run in the first to take a 2-0 lead. After three and a half, BSU was down 4-0 and hadn’t had a hit. With one out in the bottom half of the fourth, junior Colton Smith (IF, Waddel, Ari.) ended the no-hitter bid with a single to third. Smith stole second, then moved to third on a foul out to right by junior Brian Murphy (1B, Longville, Minn.). The Beavers were then able to string four consecutive hits together to score three runs in the inning and cut the deficit to one. Junior Ryan Sander (RHP/1B, St. James, Minn.) drove Smith in with a double to left center, D. Peterson plated Sander on a hit through the left side, freshman Matt Ellinhuysen (3B/C, Saint Charles, Minn.) singled up the middle, setting-up a Bennett single to center that guided D. Peterson across the plate.
U-Mary left two on the base path in the top of the fifth, but couldn’t pad its lead. BSU took advantage in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases and setting-up for D. Peterson’s grand salami. BSU made it 10-4 in the sixth with three more runs. The Beavers again thrived on clutch two-out hitting, scoring two runs with two away. Freshman Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) scored the first run with one out after singling and advancing to second on wild pitch, crossing the plate on a junior outfielder Nick Jelacie (Brainerd, Minn.) single to right. Smith walked to make it first and second. Murphy flied out to right and both runners moved up a base. Sander then doubled to left center, scoring both runners to own the six-run lead.
Freshman Ryan Van Someren (RHP, Milaca, Minn.) made his first start on the bump for BSU, making his 14th appearance. He threw five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Sophomore Ethan Branum (LHP, Brainerd, Minn.) pitched the final four innings, earning his second save of the season. He allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out five batters and giving out one free pass.
D. Peterson went 2-for-3, batting in the six-hole, recording five RBI and scoring twice. The five-RBI performance is the second by a Beaver this season. Sander was 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI and one run. Smith was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Jelacie was 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI. Ellinhuysen also had a two-hit game, his first of the season, in his fourth start, going 2-for-4.
Game two came down to Bauer and a five-run third for BSU. Bauer allowed a solo homerun in the second, third and fourth innings, but had faced just 15 batters through four innings, strikingout 10. BSU produced one run in the second, before posting the five-run frame in the third.
The inning started with three straight singles from Hanson, Jelacie and Smith. Sophomore Jeff Schaper (1B, Bemidji, Minn.) had the first crack to break the game open, but pooped up to the pitcher for the first out. Sander was next, hoping to recreate his two doubles to left center in game one. Instead, he grounded to the second baseman, who bobbled the ball and allowed Sander to reach first, while Hanson jogged across home plate. With the bases juiced, D. Peterson stepped into the batter’s box with the opportunity to be the hero again. Before he saw a strike, Marauder pitcher Matt Medeiros threw a wild pitch that scored Jelacie from third and Smith from second. Sander moved all the way to third on the play. When D. Peterson finally saw some pitches he ripped a full-count offering over the left center wall, recording his second homerun of the day and the sixth and seventh RBI of the doubleheader. Entering the day, D. Peterson had two homers and five RBI on the season. The bomb capped the five-run inning and that would be all Bauer would need to close the deal.
Bauer went the distance, allowing the three runs on four this with three walks, while facing 25 batters and throwing 113 pitches, 71 for strikes. In his last outing against University of Minnesota Duluth last weekend, he had 12 strikeouts in eight innings pitched. D. Peterson was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Hanson was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Jelacie and Smith also posted two-hit games, each scoring a run.
The Beavers battle Concordia University, St. Paul April 24-25 in a NSIC four-game series.