|March 16, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Van Someren (1-0)||5.0||8||3||3||1||2|
|Loss: Goertzen (2-1)||5.0||8||7||4||3||2|
|March 16, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Bray (1-2)||7.0||10||4||4||1||10|
|Loss: Stewart (1-1)||1.2||5||4||4||4||1|
TUCSON, Ariz. (Kino Sports Complex) – The Bemidji State University baseball team is on a four-game winning streak after it recorded a 12-5 victory against Minot State University and defeated Jamestown College 11-4 Saturday at the Tucson Invitational Games.
The Beavers posted 23 runs on 40 hits on the day and didn’t commit an error to extend their winning streak to a season-long four games. BSU is now 6-1 in its last seven and 4-1 on the spring trip. The squad concludes the Games Sunday against Macalester College at 11 a.m.
Minot State scored first in the first game of the day for Bemidji State, as the fellow Beavers posted a three-run second to lead 3-0. It wasn’t until the fifth that BSU found some offense, as Bemidji State posted two runs. Senior outfielder Trevor Purvis (Rio Rancho, N.M.) singled through the left side to plate senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) for BSU’s first run, then senior Logan Kalis (RHP/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) doubled to left to score Purvis.
The fifth led to a five-run sixth for Bemidji State and BSU led 7-3 through six. The five runs came off four hits and was aided by one MISU error. Sophomore Jake Tuholsky (C, Big Lake, Minn.) got the inning rolling with a triple down the right field line and was driven in by a sophomore Jack Hegarty (INF/P, Brainerd, Minn.) single to right. The next two batters were hit by a pitch and walked and would score on the next play, an error by the Minot State second baseman. The runs prompted a pitching change, but the BSU bats continued to produce two more runs, as Baumann would score off the bat of Purvis and a senior Jaryd Marks (1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) single to center plated junior Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.).
The runs were enough to support a solid outing from senior righty Ryan Van Someren (Milaca, Minn.), as he picked up a win after going five complete innings and allowing the three earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.
Minot State got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh, but junior Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) recorded his first home run of the season, which happened to be a three-run shot over the left center field fence. The bomb gave BSU a 10-5 lead. Braun posted another RBI in the ninth for the second Bemidji State run of the inning and insurance, as BSU went on to win 12-5.
Bemidji State posted a season-high 22 hits and had six players record three-hit games, which included the first three batters of the BSU line-up. Braun posted three hits and led the team with four RBIs. Hanson and Purvis both recorded three hits, while each adding a pair of RBIs and two runs each. Bauman had three hits and scored twice, Hegarty recorded three hits with a run and RBI, while Kalis was the final player with three hits. He had one run and one RBI. The BSU pitching staff allowed 10 hits and fanned six batters.
The Beavers batted in the top half of the first inning against Jamestown and posted four runs on four hits. Hanson singled to start the inning, but the next two batters were outs. BSU then rallied with two outs to score the runs. Hanson was guided home on a walk by freshman Cody Jenkins (2B, Bemidji, Minn.), then a senior catcher Riley Hirsch (Little Falls, Minn.) plated two runs with a single. Jenkins crossed the plate on a senior Matt Ellinghuysen (3B, St. Charles, Minn.) base knock.
The Jimmies cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame with a homer off BSU starter, senior left-hander Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.). The 4-2 Bemidji State lead increased to 6-2 in the third off a Baumann bomb. The home run was his third of the season – entering 2013, Baumann had five career hits that flied the outfield fence.
BSU and Jamestown traded runs in the sixth to a 7-3 score. The Beavers recorded two runs in the seventh, produced by three hits, which included an RBI double by Baumann and an RBI single by Hanson. JC scored once in the bottom half of the seventh and the scoreboard read 9-4.
The Beavers have been posting late-inning runs all season long and the contest against the Jimmies was no exception. BSU added two runs of insurance and the Beavers would go on to win 11-4.
Bray settled in after the homer in the first and pitched seven complete innings. He spread out 10 hits and allowed all four earned runs. The lefty fanned 10 batters for his third-career game with 10 or more strikeouts, while issuing just one walk. Hegarty pitched the eighth and ninth and allowed two hits with one K.
Much like the first game of the day, multiple players found more than one hit. Four batters posted three or more hits. Hanson had another three-hit game and added two runs and an RBI. Baumann went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs to continue his dominance in the nine-hole position. Hirsch recorded three hits with two RBIs and a run. Purvis also had three this with an RBI.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).