Junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) got the Beavers on the board first in game one as he cross the plate from second on a single to left by sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) Marks led off the inning with his team-leading 12th double of the season to the right center gap. The BSU lead went to 4-0 in the third after the home team tallied three runs. Sophomore Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) laced a one out double off the center field wall, moved to third on a wild pitch and freshman Tyler Nelson (3B, Hayfield, Minn.) walked, then stole second to set-up a junior Logan Kalis (RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) single to center that scored both runners. Warrior center fielder Cody Strang attempted to get Nelson at home but sailed his throw to the back stop and Kalis was able to advance to third on the error. He was then plated by Marks on a base hit up the middle.
A pair of errors in the fifth allowed the Warriors a couple extra batters and the road team took advantage with two runs scored to cut the deficit in half at 4-2. The Beavers got one back in the bottom half of the frame to lead 5-2. Hanson started the inning with a stand-up double to left center, was moved to third on grounder to short and scored on a throwing error by the catcher attempted to get Nelson on a steal attempt at second.
Junior Lewis Baumann (SS, Colorado Springs, Colo.) drew a two out walk and eventually scored on a Hanson soft single to shallow center to hand the Beavers a 6-2 lead heading into the decisive seventh inning. Junior left-hander Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) was handed the ball to finish off his day, but his eighth win of the season wasn’t in the cards and he allowed five runs to give the Warriors a 7-6 lead. The Beavers put two on with one out in the seventh, but a double play ended the game to hand WSU a comeback victory.
Bray allowed just three hits through six innings, but ended the game allowing the seven runs (six earned) on six hits with five strikeouts. Hanson posted a 3-for-4, two runs and RBI performance in the lead-off spot for the Beavers, while Marks went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. Kalis has two RBI and a run scored.
Hanson continued to swing a hot bat in game two and got the Beavers going with a lead-off double to left center. After moving to third on a grounder to short he scored on a wild pitch to give BSU the early 1-0 lead after one. The lead went to 2-0 in the second off the bat of Baumann. Braun led off with a single up the middle and Gomez reached first after getting beaned with pitch. Senior Juan Molero (Maracaibo, Venezuela) then perfectly executed a sacrifice bunt and moved both runners up a base to set-up the Baumann double off the bottom of the left field fence that plated senior Mauricio Gomez (3B, Caracas, Venezuela).
Winona State finally got to starter sophomore right-hander Miles Campbell (Eden Prairie, Minn.) in the third after sending seven batters to the plate in the first two frames and totaled four hits for three runs to open a 3-2 advantage. The Beavers quickly got the run back in the bottom half of the frame off the bat of Braun. Kalis scored on a hit to right by the catcher after singling through the left side and advancing to second on a fielding error by the Warrior left fielder.
The Warriors scored twice in the top of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead, but again the Beavers were able to get one back and trailed 5-4 through four. WSU then posted a five-run fifth to take a 10-4 lead and knock Campbell out of the game. Braun hit his fourth homer of the weekend in the bottom of the fifth – a solo shot – and BSU trailed 10-5, but the Warriors responded in the next half inning with a solo shot of their own and led 11-5.
The Warriors scored four runs in the seventh to take the 10 run lead at 15-5. Facing the 10-run rule Kalis sent an offering over the left field fence for a two-run shot to keep the Beavers alive. The Beavers tagged three more runs on in the inning to trail 15-10. After a 1-2-3 eighth for WSU, Gomez lifted a two-run shot to left center and the home team was trailing by just three at 15-12 heading into the ninth. Unfortunately for the Beavers the Warriors scored five in the top of the ninth to open up a 20-12 lead it would hold through the bottom half of the ninth for the 3-1 series victory.
Braun had his second productive game of the series as he guided the Beavers to 15 hits in game two by going 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs. Baumann went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Hanson and Kalis recorded multi-hit games. Campbell fell to 3-4 on the season after he allowed 10 earned runs on 12 hits with six strikeouts.
The Beavers close the home slate of the schedule May 1 against Southwest Minnesota State University in a 2 p.m. NSIC doubleheader.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).