BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University baseball team used late inning runs to down Augustana College 7-5 in game two of an Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Saturday at the BSU Baseball Field. The Beavers lost game one 7-2 to split the twinbill and remain .500 on the season with a 15-15 overall and 8-8 NSIC record.
The Beavers struck first in game one off the bat of junior Logan Kalis (RHP/OF, 1B, Little Falls, Minn.). With Junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) on first after drawing a two out walk the junior sent the ball over the right field fence for his team-leading fifth homer of the season on a wind-aided shot to the opposite field.
The lead didn’t last long as the Vikings posted two in the top of the second and the game was tied 2-2 until the top of the fourth. Augie scored a run in the fourth frame on a strikeout/throw out, as the Augie runner on first got caught-up in a run down, allowing the run to cross before the out was recorded. Another single run in the fifth upped the Augustana lead to 4-2.
Junior left-hander Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) started game one for BSU and struggled to find his strike zone to hit 119 pitches through five innings and ended his day allowed the four runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts. Senior reliever Kaleb Dingman (RHP, Rawling, Wyo.) replaced Bray for the sixth and after getting two outs a fly ball to left was lost in the sun by Kalis that allowed Derek Hansen a stand-up double. After a four-pitch walk, a passed ball and two wild pitches scored two runs and the Augie lead was 6-2.
Another wild pitch – this time by junior Ryan Brezinski (RHP, Regina, Saskatchewan) - in the seventh scored a Viking to give them the 7-2 lead and victory. Augie posted 11 hits, while the Beavers totaled seven. The road team left 11 runners on the base paths, while BSU stranded 10.
Bray suffered just his second loss of the season and fell to 7-2. Kalis was the lone Beaver to record a multi-hit game with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with two RBI and one run scored on the home run in the first.
Junior Lewis Baumann (MIF, Colorado Springs, Colo.) led off the third inning of game two by getting one square in the back, then sophomore Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) walked for a first and second and zero outs opportunity for the top of the order. Junior Trevor Purvis (OF/P, Rio Rancho, N.M.) popped out to second for the first out, but junior Riley Hirsch (C, Little Falls, Minn.) came through with a hit through the right side that scored Baumann and advanced Hanson to third. Hirsch tried to take second on the right fielder’s throw to third, but was caught at second for the second out. Marks followed Hirsch and delivered a two-out single through the right side that plated Hanson for a 2-0 lead through three innings.
Back-to-back hits from senior Mauricio Gomez (3B, Caracas, Venezuela) and senior Juan Molero (Maracaibo, Venezuela) made it first and third in the fourth, as Gomez moved to third on an effective hit-and-run. Baumann then put down a one-out bunt to the pitcher, who mishandled it and allowed Gomez to score from third and Baumann gained first. The Beavers loaded the bases in the inning, but failed to get another run across and the lead was 3-0 after four.
The Augie bats came alive in the fifth and six innings, as the Vikings posted two and three runs, respectfully to open a 5-3 lead. Junior Ryan Anderson (RHP, Lino Lakes, Minn.) started for the Beavers in game two and threw four shutout innings before allowing the fifth and sixth inning runs. He was replaced by sophomore right-hander Miles Campbell (Eden Prairie, Minn.) in the sixth with the situation of one on first and one out. He got the final two outs of the inning then pitched the rest of the way to improve to 2-3 on the season.
In the bottom half of the sixth, sophomore Kean Paxton (2B, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) guided a ball down the right field line for a one out double, then was plated on a two out, two-bagger from Hanson to the right center gap and the Beavers trailed 5-4 through six.
With one out in the seventh Marks got beaned on the first pitch to gain first, then moved to second on a single to center by Kalis. After Gomez struck out for the second out, Molero came to bat and laced a shot to the left center gap that scored both runners to give the Beavers the 6-5 lead. BSU loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth and was re-gifted a wild pitch run - something the Beavers had given Augie in game one - to go up 7-5.
Campbell sat down the Vikings in order in the top of the ninth, getting the two-hole hitter to strikeout swinging for the final out. He allowed just two hits in 3.2 innings pitched with two K’s. Anderson allowed the five runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. Molero, Gomez and Hanson each tallied two hits in the game, as the Beavers posted 10 in the contest.
The Beavers conclude their 14-game homestand April 15 against Augustana with doubleheaders slated to begin at 12 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).