ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Bemidji State University baseball team took a 7-3 game one victory before falling 10-4 in game two of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at Concordia University, St. Paul Sunday. BSU went 3-1 in the four-game series that opened NSIC play and own a 10-8 overall record.
Junior Trevor Purvis (OF/P, Rio Rancho, N.M.) got the Beavers (10-8, 3-1 NSIC) off on the right foot with a home run to right on the fourth pitch of the game. BSU continued to turn the scoreboard in the first as it totaled three runs. The Beavers then scored twice in the third to open a 5-1 lead. Junior Matt Ellinghuysen (3B/C, Saint Charles, Minn.) recorded an RBI single in both innings.
The Golden Bears scored twice in the bottom of the fourth and the BSU lead was just two at 5-3, but the road team crossed the plate twice in the top of the seventh to provide insurance runs for pitcher junior Logan Kalis (RHP, Little Falls, Minn.). BSU scored the runs in the seventh after finding three straight two out hits.
Kalis went the distance for the Beavers to improve to 2-2 on the season. He allowed the three runs (two earned) on four hits with six strikeouts and just one walk. Ellinghuysen and junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) each tallied two hits, while the junior third baseman was the only player with two RBIs.
BSU scored once in the first to take a 1-0 lead of game two, but CU scored three in the third and five in the fourth to open an 8-1 lead, en route to the series finale victory. Junior Ryan Van Someren (RHP, Milaca, Minn.) was knocked out in the fourth inning, allowing eight runs on 11 hits. Marks went 3-for-4 in the game with a run and RBI.
BSU now turns its attention to home games, opening a 14-game homestand March 31 when University of Minnesota Duluth visits Bemidji, Minn. and BSU Baseball Field for an NSIC doubleheader.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).