ABERDEEN, S.D. - The Bemidji State University baseball team lost 9-8 before winning 5-4 in a pair of one-run Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games at Northern State University Sunday to close the 2012 season. The Beavers finished 23-27 to tie for the third most wins in program history. BSU went 16-20 in conference play to finish eighth and miss the playoffs by two spots.
The Beavers trailed 8-3 after two innings of play in game one following a seven-run second inning for the Wolves. NSU got all seven runs with two outs and scored four unearned runs in the inning that saw five hits. BSU’s game one pitcher, junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) and the Beavers settled in after the second and didn’t allow another run until the bottom of the seventh. BSU used late inning runs to eventually tie the game 8-8 heading into the bottom half of the seventh.
In the sixth, the Beavers scored three runs with three doubles, one each from senior Juan Molero (OF, Maracaibo, Venezuela), junior Lewis Baumann (SS, Colorado Springs, Colo.) and sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.). Molero was plated by Baumann and Braun scored Baumann and Kalis to cut the deficit to two. Molero then came up with a big two out, two-run home run to left field in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Marks got two outs in the seventh before the Wolves came up with the walk-off hit.
Marks pitched 6.2 innings and allowed the nine runs (five earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts. Molero finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Braun went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Baumann was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Beavers scored all their runs in game two in the first two innings of the nine-inning affair. BSU scored two runs in the first, getting the first on a two-out single to left by senior Mauricio Gomez (3B, Caracas, Venezuela) that scored Hirsch. BSU got its second run on a Wolves error, while also leaving the bases loaded in the inning. A three-run second handed the road team a 5-1 lead. Paxton drew a lead-off walk to open the frame and eventually scored on a Braun hit to center. Senior Luke Hellquist (OF, Burnsville, Minn.) scored his final run as a Beaver on a wild pitch for the team’s second run of the inning and then Gomez drove in his final run in the green and hit with a single to up the middle to plate Braun.
The Wolves scored one in the bottom of the second to make it 5-2 and would record two more in the seventh to cut the lead to one, but wouldn’t tie the game as the Beavers won their 23rd game of the season.
Junior Logan Kalis (RHP/1B/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) hurled eight innings and allowed the four runs (all earned) on 10 hits with six strikeouts to record his second win of the week and finish the 2012 season with a 4-6 record on the bump. Senior Kaleb Dingman (RHP, Rawling, Wyo.) pitched his final inning at Bemidji State in the ninth to earn his first save of the season. He didn’t allow a hit in the frame and struck out one.
Four players recorded two hits on the game to guide the 11 hits by BSU. The top three batters were apart of that group as junior Riley Hirsch (C, Little Falls, Minn.) led off for BSU and went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Hellquist was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Braun posted a 2-for-4 performance with a run and RBI. Gomez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Dingman, Gomez, Hellquist and Molero each end their careers as seniors at BSU.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).