MANKATO, Minn. - The Bemidji State University baseball team fell 4-2 and 15-3 (7 innings) Sunday to tied for No. 8 Minnesota State University, Mankato in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader in Mankato, Minn. The losses moved the Beavers to 17-19 overall and 10-12 in NSIC play.
The Mavericks struck first in game one with a first inning run to go up 1-0, but junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) led-off the second with an 11-pitch home run to right center to tie the game 1-1 on his third bomb of the season. Minnesota State took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third, then a 4-1 advantage with two in the fifth.
The two-run fifth proved to be the difference in game one, as the Beavers added one in the seventh, but couldn’t complete the comeback and left two runners on. Senior Mauricio Gomez (3B, Caracas, Venezuela) plated Marks from second in the seventh on a single up the middle. Junior Ryan Anderson (RHP, Lino Lakes, Minn.) pitched well in game one and allowed the four runs (all earned) on seven hits to a team that entered the contest averaging 6.2 runs and 9.8 hits per game. He had four strike outs on 100 pitches. Marks went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) also had two hits to make up four of BSU’s six hits.
Junior Riley Hirsch (C, Little Falls, Minn.) got the Beavers started in game two with a one out double to right and later scored to open a 1-0 lead for the Beavers. The lead didn’t last long and BSU quickly found itself in a hole after allowing six runs in the first and then another four runs in the second for a 10-1 lead for the home team after two innings.
Hirsch again crossed home plate in the third after posting a two out hit and later scoring on a Braun single to right. Minnesota State scored twice in the bottom half of the third and led 12-2 before the 15-3 victory in seven innings of the scheduled nine inning affair due to the league’s 10-run rule after seven innings.
Junior right-hander Logan Kalis (Little Falls, Minn.) was knocked off the mound after one inning and one out after allowing 10 runs (all earned) on eight hits. Junior Ryan Van Someren (RHP, Milaca, Minn.) pitched 4.2 innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits as the Mavericks totaled 18 hits on the day to Bemidji State’s seven. Hirsch went 2-for-3 with two runs for the only multi-hit batter for BSU.
The Beavers complete the four-game series with MSU April 23 in a 12 p.m. doubleheader.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).