March 08, 20141234567RHE
Malone30000104117
Bemidji State192401X17140
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Campbell (1-0) 5.093332
Loss: Fedor (0-1) 1.047420
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Mobley (MAL) 312100
Davis (MAL) 302010
Froman (MAL) 302100
Bjorge (BSU) 513300
Braun (BSU) 413100
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Bemidji State1400000572
Malone0211002692
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Beachy (1-1) 1.200002
Loss: Huggans (0-1) 0.232101
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Hanowski (BSU) 414100
Gray (MAL) 402100
Crank (MAL) 312110
Beavers split season opener with Malone
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Beavers split season opener with Malone

TUCSON, Ariz. (Keno Sports Complex) – The Bemidji State University baseball team split its season opener and started its spring trip March 8 with a nonconference doubleheader with Malone University at the Keno Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. The Beavers won 17-4 in game one, but fell in game two, 6-5, in the bottom of the seventh.

After allowing three runs in the first, Bemidji State used a nine-run second inning to open a 10-3 advantage. BSU scored the nine runs on eight hits (all singles) and was aided by three Malone errors. The Beavers scored two in the third and four in the fourth to take a 16-3 lead before settling with the 17-4 victory.

Senior right-hander Miles Campbell (Eden Prairie, Minn.) allowed the three runs in the first and then settled in to allow zero runs. He recorded his first win of the season after allowing three runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in five innings of work. Three players recorded multiple hits, as BSU totaled 14. Senior Cole Bjorge (Prior Lake, Minn.) went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored, while freshman Jake Braun (Lakeville, Minn.) recorded a 3-for-4 effort in his collegiate debut with an RBI and a run scored. Big brother senior Zach Braun (Lakeville, Minn.) went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, four runs scored and two homeruns.

The runs kept coming early in game two, as the Beavers posted a run in the first and four in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Malone responded with two in the bottom half of the second frame, then scored a single run in the third and fourth innings to move the score to 5-4 in the favor of BSU through four. The game remained 5-4 until Malone found two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to earn the victory. The winning run came across on a Bemidji State error, just the second one in the two games.

The Beavers totaled seven hits in game two with four coming off the bat of sophomore Joey Hanowski (Little Falls, Minn.). He went 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Freshman redshirt Mark Kosmalski (Oakdale, Minn.) earned a no decision in his first-college start after pitching five innings. He allowed four earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Junior transfer Drake Huggans (Greenley, Colo.) suffered the loss after entering the game in the seventh inning in a save situation. He allowed the two runs, one earned, on three hits.

The Beavers continue its 10-game spring trip with a doubleheader Sunday against Mount Marty College beginning at 4 p.m. central.

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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).

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