BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University baseball team fell 3-0 and 8-2 to University of Minnesota Duluth in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Sunday at the BSU Baseball Field. The Beavers split the four-game series with the Bulldogs and move to 12-10 overall with a 5-3 NSIC record.
The Beavers posted two hits in the first inning of game one, but could only muster two more hits the rest of the way. Junior right-hander Logan Kalis (Little Falls, Minn.) gave BSU a chance on the mound, as he allowed just one hit until the top of the sixth inning. In the sixth frame Kalis and the Beavers were able to get two outs, but a couple UMD hits and two BSU errors allowed the road team to score three unearned runs. Those miscues proved to be costly as the Beavers lost the game 3-0.
Kalis allowed just three hits in the game with all three runs unearned. He posted four strkeouts and fell to 2-3 on the season with the loss. Four different Beavers got the four hits BSU produced in the game, while the squad stranded six runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the fifth. UMD pitcher Tyler Blomberg went the distance for the Bulldogs for his first win of the season. He fanned six BSU batters.
The Bulldogs jumped on the Beavers in game two with two runs off three hits in the top of the first off BSU starter junior Miles Campbell (RHP, Eden Prairie, Minn.). UMD added three in the fifth - all unearned - as a BSU error extended the inning and the Bulldogs capitalized.
The Beavers used a four-hit sixth to score their first runs of the day, as they cut the deficit to 5-2. Junior Trevor Purvis (OF/P, Rio Rancho, N.M.) got BSU started with a lead-off double to right center. Next batter sophomore Kean Paxton (2B, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) found a wind-guided single to center and the Beavers had first and second with zero outs. Sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) then got BSU on the board for the first time of the day with a double down the left field line. Paxton was plated by a junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) ground out to first and the scoreboard read 5-2.
Unfortunately that would be it for BSU in the frame, stranding runners on second and third. UMD got the two runs back in the top of the eighth off reliever junior Ryan Anderson (RHP, Lino Lakes, Minn.) and took a 7-2 advantage. The Beavers threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with one out, but failed to get a run across and went into the ninth trailing 7-2. A home run by UMD in the ninth made it 8-2, which stood as BSU was unable to produce a comeback.
BSU hit the ball harder in game two, but the ball kept finding the gloves of the UMD defense. The Beavers totaled seven hits in game two, but allowed 13. BSU left nine runners on the base paths in game two to total 16 runners left on base in the doubleheader. Purvis led the BSU offense in the game, as he went 2-for-5 with run scored. Campbell fell to 1-3 on the season after he allowed five runs (two earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts in six innings of work.
The Beavers continue their homestand with Upper Iowa University April 6-7 in an NSIC four-game series. Both doubleheaders are slated for a 12 p.m. start.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).