CROOKSTON, Minn. – Senior Mauricio Gomez (3B, Caracas, Venezuela) continues to swing a hot bat for the Bemidji State University baseball team, as he guided the Beavers to a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader sweep at University of Minnesota, Crookston Wednesday at Jim Karn Field in Crookston, Minn. Gomez went 4-for-4 in game one and 6-for-9 on the day to guide BSU to 26 hits in the doubleheader for 8-3 and 6-2 victories to move back to .500 with a 17-17 overall and 10-10 NSIC record in 2012.
The Beavers manufactured a run in the top of the second to open the scoring in game one that was led off by senior Juan Molero (OF, Maracaibo, Venezuela), who singled up the middle. A Gomez single to center advanced Molero to third to set up a sophomore Dylan Webb (INF, Phoenix, Ariz.) grounder to second that plated Molero for a 1-0 BSU lead.
The lead only lasted the half inning, as the Golden Eagles had two on before Jordan Flick hit one over the right field fence to hand the home team a 3-1 lead. The Beavers got one back in the top of the third on a junior Trevor Purvis (OF/P, Rio Rancho, N.M.) run after he scored while junior Riley Hirsch (C, Little Falls, Minn.) was in a rundown between first and second.
After two scoreless inning, the Beavers posted a five-spot in the top of the sixth to open a 7-3 lead. BSU loaded the bases with zero outs to open the frame, as the Beavers batted through the line-up in the inning. Molero scored Hirsch for the first run on a sacrifice fly to center, then Gomez plated Kalis on his fourth hit of the contest. With two outs a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position at second and third. Turns out junior Lewis Baumann (MIF, Colorado Springs, Colo.) didn’t need the help as he laced a ball to the right center gap for his first-carer triple.
Baumann trotted home for the fifth run of the inning when sophomore Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) singled through the right side. The Beavers added an extra insurance run in the seventh to own the 8-3 lead and hand junior right-hander Jaryd Marks (Cottage Grove, Minn.) the ball for the complete game victory in the seventh The junior delivered a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh to improve to 2-1 on the season. He allowed six hits, but just two after the second inning.
The Beavers totaled 15 hits in the game, as eight different Beavers recorded a base knock. Gomez went 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while junior right-hander Logan Kalis (Little Falls, Minn.) went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Gomez joins Kalis as the only two players to record four hits in a game this season for BSU.
Gomez got the Beavers started in game two with his fifth hit of the day. Molero followed up with a single though the left side. Baumann then plated Gomez with his second extra base hit of the day, a double to left center, that put Molero on third. Sophomore Kean Paxton (2B, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) made it 2-0 Bemidji State with a sacrifice fly to center - on his first at-bat of the day - to plate Molero.
The Golden Eagles left runners on second and third in the first and the bases loaded in the second, but couldn’t find a run. UMC finally broke through in the third and got one run, but left two on for a total of seven runners left on base in the first three innings.
The bats came alive for the Beavers in the fifth to end the day of UMC starter Brooks Miller. Four hits and one Golden Eagle error turned into three runs and a 5-1 lead for BSU. Hanson got the inning started with a double to left center and was later scored on an error by the UMC left fielder on a ball off the bat of Marks. Sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) lined a shot to right center that easily scored Marks and handed him a stand-up double. The next batter Gomez continued to find the ball on his bat and laced a shot to center that plated Braun for the third run of the inning.
The Golden Eagles scored one run in the seventh to cut the BSU lead to 5-2. Sophomore right-hander Miles Campbell (Eden Prairie, Minn.) started for the Beavers and threw seven strong innings for the Beavers. He allowed the two runs (one earned) on 11 hits with five strikeouts and zero walks. Junior left-hander Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) came in relief in the eighth and got all three outs himself with strikeouts. After an extra insurance run in the top of the ninth to go up 6-2, Bray struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for his first save of the season.
Campbell moved to 3-3 with the win. BSU totaled 11 hits in the game. Braun went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Baumann posted a 3-for-4 performance with two RBI and Gomez and Hanson produced multi-hit games.
The Beavers travel to Minnesota State University, Mankato April 21-22 to battle the tied for No. 8 Mavericks in an NSIC four-game series. Doubleheaders are slated for a 12 p.m. first pitch each day.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).