The Beavers (15-30, 6-22 NSIC) got on the board first in the top of the second inning, scoring twice with two gone. Senior catcher Dan Bennett (Hayfield, Minn.) drove in the two runs with a single to right center that scored senior Joe Chism (OF, Great Bend, Kan.) from third and junior Nick Jelacie (OF, Brainerd, Minn.) from second. The Golden Bears (21-23, 13-10 NSIC) bounced back in the bottom half of the frame with a four-spot, giving them a 4-2 lead.
BSU regained the lead with a three-run third, again scoring all the runs with two out. The Beavers started the inning with the top of their order in freshman Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.). Hanson struckout looking before junior Dan Bauer (MIF/RHP, Bemidji, Minn.) reached on a throwing error by the CU shortstop. Junior Colton Smith (IF, Waddel, Ari.) followed with a single to make it first and second. Chism went down on strikes for the second out, then BSU strung together three consecutive hits by juniors Jelacie, Ryan Sander (1B, St. James, Minn.) and Doug Peterson (OF, Bemidji, Minn.), each brining a run across the plate. Bennett walked to load the bases, but freshman Lewis Bauman (Colorado Spring, Colo.) struckout to end the inning.
The Golden Bears then blew the game open with a seven-run bottom half of the third to take an 11-5 advantage, which included a grand slam from Brenden Furrow. CU then added one in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 14-5 lead. BSU was able to score three runs in the top of the sixth to cut the down the Golden Bear lead. Unfortunately for the road team, CU again responded with runs in the bottom half of an inning BSU scored in, putting six runs on the board to own the 20-8 lead. The Beavers were unable to score in the top of the seventh and suffered their third 10-run rule loss of the season and marked the second time they gave-up 20 runs to their opponent.
Chism, Sander and Bennett each produced two hits in the game, as Bennett went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Freshman Logan Kalis (RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) started on the bump for BSU, falling to 2-6, allowing 11 runs, five earned, on nine hits.
BSU produced a run in the first inning of game two. Hanson
reached second on a fielding error by the CU left fielder. Bauer moved him to
third on a sacrifice bunt down the first base line, then Smith plated Hanson on
a groundout to short.
The Golden Bears made it a 3-1 game in the bottom of the second, getting two unearned runs. BSU cut the deficit in half, as Smith started the fourth with a single to right center. During Chism’s at bat, Smith moved to second on a wild pitch and then stole third to get 90 feet from scoring the Beavers’ second run of the game. Chism guided Smith across the plate with a groundout to third.
The Beavers tied the game 3-3 on a two-out single down the left field line by Sander that scored Bauer from second base. Jelacie was on first after walking and was thrown out at third to end the inning.
CU put a threat on the base path in the bottom of the sixth, getting a runner to third with two away. Freshman lefty Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) was the BSU starter going 5.2 innings. He was replaced by freshman righthander Ryan Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn.) to get the final out (a right-handed batter). The move worked, as Anderson got the batter on a swinging strikeout. BSU was unable to create a threat in the seventh, but CU did, stringing three two-out hits together to load the bases. The next pitch was grounded to second and Bauer fielded the last out to bring the game to extras and strand CU’s ninth, 10th and 11th runners left on base. Smith got a runner for BSU with a wind-aided one-out double to right center. He moved to third on a Chism groundout, but Jelacie went down swinging after a seven-pitch at bat.
CU got a one out wind-aided double of its own in the eighth, then the next batter reached first on a base hit to shortstop, but a high throw by Smith was over the head of first baseman Sander and Golden Bear shortstop and lead-off hitter Bryan Lippincott came across and scored.
Bray allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits. Anderson gave-up the final run, unearned, and five hits. Sander got three of BSU’s six hits, going 3-for-3 with the game-tying RBI. Smith had two hits with a run and an RBI. Bauer got the other hit for the Beavers, adding a run scored.
The Beavers and Golden Bears will finish the four-game series Monday at noon.