MANKATO, Minn. - The Bemidji State University baseball team fell 8-0 and 6-5 to tied for No. 8 Minnesota State University, Mankato Monday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader in Mankato, Minn. The Beavers fall to 17-21 overall and 10-14 in NSIC play.
The Beavers could only muster five hits in the game one loss. Junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) and senior Mauricio Gomez (3B, Caracas, Venezuela) each tallied two hits for BSU. Junior left-hander Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and fell to 7-3 on the season.
Game two began like the first as Minnesota State opened a 4-0 lead through two innings. The Beavers scored their first run of the day in the third inning when junior Trevor Purvis (OF/P, Rio Rancho, N.M.) crossed home plate on a hit by sophomore Kean Paxton (2B, Brooklyn Park, Minn.). Two runs in the sixth got the Beavers within one at 4-3, then two more in the seventh handed the road team a 5-4 advantage.
A one out double from Gomez in the sixth gave the Beavers a second and third situation that they capitalized on with back-to-back singles by junior Lewis Baumann (MIF, Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Paxton. In the seventh, junior Riley Hirsch (C, Little Falls, Minn.), junior Logan Kalis (RHP/1B/OF, Little Falls, Minn.), Marks and sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) produced four straight hits for the Beavers to gain the two runs and the lead. Unfortunately for BSU, the inning ended with a fly out and a double play, while the road team also left a runner on third in the ninth, which proved costly in the eventual one-run loss.
Sophomore right-hander Miles Campbell (Eden Prairie, Minn.) has been pitching well for the past few outings and continued that trend on the bump for BSU Monday. After allowing four runs on five hits through two innings, Campbell allowed zero runs on four hits in the next six innings. He was handed the ball for the bottom of the ninth and after allowing a double to open inning was replaced by Marks. After warming up the first offering by Marks was hit over the left field fence for a walk-off home run and the series sweep for the Mavericks.
Campbell allowed five runs (three earned) on 10 hits with six strikeouts and two walks in 143 pitches. The Beavers totaled 13 hits in game two. Paxton went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Kalis, Marks, Braun and Baumann each finished with two hits.
The Beavers complete an eight-game road streak April 25 with an NSIC doubleheader at University of Mary at 12:30 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).