Bemidji State splits with St. Cloud State, 13-11 and 5-25
Tuesday, April 23, 2002
April 23, 2002
box scores - [game 1][game 2]

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Today’s double-header between the Bemidji State Beavers and St. Cloud State Huskies was either a dream game for a hitting coach or a pitching coach’s worst nightmare - depending on which dugout you happened to occupy. The Beavers and Huskies combined to score 54 runs on 61 base hits in a non-conference twinbill at BSU Baseball Field, with the Beavers capturing a 13-11 decision in Game 1 and then getting blasted 25-5 in the nightcap.

Game 1
St. Cloud State plated five unearned runs in the second inning to take a 5-1 lead in Game 1, taking advantage of a fielding error from BSU shortstop Tyler Norland. He entered in the top of the second for Brian Beuning, who sustained a shoulder injury sliding into home in the first inning.

The Beavers retailiated with five runs of their own in the home half of the second, four coming unearned on a fielding error from Husky first baseman Andy Gretz. BSU’s five runs in the frame came on just one base hit, as Husky starting pitcher Nate Hoelscher issued three walks and hit BSU right fielder Scott Petrowski in the inning.

St. Cloud State regained the lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings, then after BSU pulled even at 7-7 on designated hitter Derek Owen’s unearned run in the bottom of the fifth appeared to put the game away with four runs in the top of the sixth. BSU used three pitchers in the sixth inning, which saw eight consecutive Husky batters reach base safely - seven of them on base hits.

But the Beavers would not go quietly, plating six runs in the home half of the sixth to wrestle the contest away from the Huskies. Center fielder Ben Woodford led off the frame with a double to right, extending his hitting streak to 23 consecutive games, and later scored on a Nate Olson double. In total, BSU pounded out five hits in the sixth inning, with Petrowski scoring the eventual game-winning run on Woodford’s second hit of the inning - a two-RBI double to right with two out.

It marked the second consecutive game Woodford had provided the game-winning RBI for BSU.

Olson finished the game 3 for 4 with two doubles, a personal season-high four RBI and a run scored. Woodford finished 2 for 3 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored as BSU’s leadoff hitter, and Owen was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Stephen Heesen got the start on the mound for BSU, but lasted just 3 1/3 innings. he allowed seven runs (two earned) on eight hits, struck out three, walked one and hit another. Dave Zothman pitched an inning and two-thirds in relief of Heesen and allowed two runs on six hits and Ryan Risbrudt allowed two runs on four hits while retiring just one hitter in St. Cloud State’s four-run sixth. Justin Reid entered with one out in the sixth in relief of Risbrudt and pitched a full inning to earn the win (1-0), and Alan Ryan pitched the game’s final two outs in the top of the seventh to earn his first save.

Kyle Heckendorf led the Huskies at the plate with a 4 for 5 afternoon. He drove in three runs and scored three more. In total, St. Cloud State’s one through three hitters combined to go 10 for 15 with seven RBI and five runs scored.

Nate Hoelscher took the loss for the Huskies. He allowed 12 runs (7 earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Paul Buboltz pitched the final two-thirds of an inning to close it out for St. Cloud State.

Game two of the double-header got out of control practically from the first pitch and BSU was never able to get the game under control. St. Cloud State scored in every inning - including six runs in both the second and sixth and four runs in the third - en route to a 25-5 demolition of the Beavers. The Huskies tormented BSU pitchers for 29 base hits and six home runs in the game.

BSU used six pitchers in the contest, none lasting more than two innings, and only Dave Zothman - the sixth BSU hurler - gave up less than three earned runs. BSU starter John Marben took the loss. He pitched only the first inning but allowed six runs (all earned) on six hits.

The top St. Cloud State’s order dominated Game 2 in much the same fashion as Game 1. Their one through three hitters - Kyle Heckendorf, Mike Holman and Andy Gretz - combined to go 13 for 17 (.764) with a double, a triple, two home runs, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. Heckendorf was 4 for 5 with four RBI and three runs scored; Holman was 5 for 5 with three RBI and five runs scored, falling just a home run short of hitting for the cycle; and Grets was 4 for 6 with five RBI and three runs scored. For the double-header, that trio was 23 for 32 (.719) with 19 RBI and 16 runs scored.

Even St. Cloud State’s nine-hole hitter got in on the action, as right fielder Craig Flippen was 4 for 5 with three runs scored. Five Huskies had four or more hits in the game; designated hitter Parnell O’Connor’s five RBI gave the Huskies three players with four or more RBI; and five players scored three or more runs.

BSU was behind 9-0 before scoring its first run in the bottom of the third, and that eight-run deficit was as close as the Beavers would get. The only bright spots for BSU in Game 2 were a 2 for 4, two RBI, two run scored day from designated hitter Derek Owen, and a Ben Woodford single to lead off the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 24 games.

The 25 runs allowed by BSU in Game 2 are the fourth-most in school history, behind only a trio of 27-run games, and the most runs allowed by a BSU team since April 6, 1991 in a 27-2 loss to Mayville State. The 36 total runs BSU allowed by BSU in the double-header are the most allowed to the same team in a double-header since March 6, 1997 when Bemidji State was out-scored by the Pittsburg State (Kan.) Gorillas by a combined margin of 44-7 (27-2 and 17-5).

• St. Cloud State’s Game 2 win was its 80th all-time against BSU. St. Cloud State leads the all-time series 80-21.
• BSU’s Game 2 loss snapped the team’s seven-game winning streak.
• The 20-run margin of defeat in Game 2 is BSU’s largest since a 22-run loss to Winona State on May 1, 1999 (27-5).