ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Faber Field) – The Bemidji State University baseball team continued to get strong senior starting pitching at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament Saturday, as right-hander Ryan Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn.) hurled the Beavers to a 7-2 victory against St. Cloud State University in an NSIC Tournament Elimination Game.
Anderson went eight solid innings and allowed just two runs on eight hits, while the Beavers recorded five two-out runs through five to bounce the Huskies from the tournament and advance to the NSIC Tournament Championship. The Beavers play Minnesota State University, Mankato today at 3:30 p.m. Bemidji State will have to defeat the Mavericks twice, meaning a win today would force a decisive contest Sunday at noon.
With two outs in the third, senior catcher Riley Hirsch (Little Falls, Minn.) posted the team’s first hit on a bunt down the first baseline. Lead-off man junior Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) then drew a full count walk to set up a junior Zach Braun (C/1B, Lakeville, Minn.) double down the left field line that plated Hirsch. The bases were cleared by the next batter, senior outfielder Trevor Purvis (Rio Rancho, N.M.), who placed a soft single to center to hand the Beavers an early 3-0 lead.
The Huskies responded in the top half of the fourth and placed runners on second and third with one out, but Anderson got two pop ups to end the inning. BSU capitalized in the bottom half and added another two out run to go up 4-0. Ellinghuysen took his 24th hit by pitch of the season to first with two gone, then moved to second on a St. Cloud State error before being waived home on a Hanson opposite field single to left.
Senior Jaryd Marks (1B/RHP, Cottage Grove, Minn.) improved the score to 5-0 in the fifth with yet another two out run, as he sent his fourth home run of the season over the right field fence.
Through seven, Anderson retired the lead-off batter in each inning. In the eighth, the leader-off batter reached and the Huskies used it to get on the board when they posted two runs on two hits to cut the Beaver lead to 5-2.
After a lead-off walk by Marks, senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) sent his second home run of the tournament over the right field fence to get the two runs back and give the Beavers a 7-2 lead. Bemidji State tacked on five more insurance runs in the eighth, with, what else, but two outs. Braun, Purvis, senior Logan Kalis (OF/RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) and Marks each tallied RBI base hits to improve the BSU lead to 12-2 heading to the ninth.
Junior righty Miles Campbell (Eden Prairie, Minn.) came in to pitch in the ninth and didn’t allow a run or enable at Huskies comeback.
The Beavers totaled 14 runs. Bauman went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Hanson, Braun, Purvis and Marks each tallied two runs each. Purvis went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored, Braun went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Hanson went 2-for-4 with a two runs and an RBI, while Marks went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Anderson improved to 3-5 in 2013 with three strikeouts.
HISTORY NOTES: BSU’s 25 wins ties it for second all-time with the 1988 team that went 25-20… The Beavers are now 7-10 in NSIC Tournament play all-time… Head coach Tim Bellew is 4-2 in NSIC Tournament play.
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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).