Bemidji State drops 25-0 and 20-4 decisions to Central Oklahoma
Saturday, March 6, 2004

EDMOND, Okla. - The Bemidji State baseball team opened its 2004 season with 25-0 and 20-4 losses to the Central Oklahoma Bronchos today.

Central Oklahoma, an NCAA Division II regional power which has been to , had already played 13 games before hosting the Beavers, who were making their season debut.

The Bronchos pounded out 41 hits with seven doubles and six home runs in the twinbill, while holding Bemidji State to 10 hits on the day and striking out 20. Only one of BSU’s hits - a Dan Marshall double in Game 2 - went for extra bases. BSU pitchers also issued 12 walks, hit six Broncho batters and threw five wild pitches. The Beavers committed seven errors, which led to six unearned Broncho runs.

For the day, BSU’s pitching staff allowed 41 hits in 71 at-bats (.547) and had a staff earned-run average of 29.25.

Central Oklahoma plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 and never looked back. The Bronchos scored in every inning, following the four-run first with two in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth, an 11-run explosion in the bottom of the fifth and a three-run sixth. BSU managed just two hits, singles by Matt Middendorf and John Grindeland.

Scott Pugliese started and picked up the loss for BSU. He allowed seven runs (five earned) on five hits in 3.0 innings with four walks. Kyal Brandt started the fourth for the Beavers; he allowed 10 runs (all earned) on nine hits in 1 1/3 innings. Joe Ferguson and Chad Schwegal closed it out for BSU.

Three Broncho pitchers combined to hold BSU to two hits in seven innings.

Bemidji State held a 1-0 lead after one inning in Game 2, but Central Oklahoma plated five in the second and three in the third to grab an 8-1 lead and put the Beavers away. BSU clawed back to within 8-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but as in Game 1 the Bronchos exploded in the fifth to put the game away. After plating 11 fifth-inning runs in Game 1, Central Oklahoma scored 10 times in the fifth in Game 2.

Russell Berner went 4 1/3 innings for BSU in Game 2, taking the loss after allowing 10 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits. He walked one and struck out one. Bryant Salamone lasted just a third of an inning in relief of Berner; he allowed seven runs (all earned) on just three hits. Middendorf and Grindeland led the BSU offense with two hits each, with Middendorf adding an RBI and a run scored.

The losses leave Bemidji State at 0-2 on the season while Central Oklahoma improved to 9-6. The teams are back in action tomorrow with a single game at 12:30 p.m. Central time.

Central Oklahoma 25, Bemidji State 0 (March, 06 at Edmond, Okla.) (Game 1)

Bemidji State.......... 000 0  0 0 0 -  0  2 3 (0-1)
Central Oklahoma.... 421 4(11)3 X - 25 22 0 (8-6)
Pitchers: Bemidji State - Pugliese; Brandt(4); Ferguson(5); Schwegel(6). Central Oklahoma - Smith; Dotson(5); Steed(7).
Win-Smith(2-1) Loss-Pugliese(0-1) T-2:26 A-100
HR UCO - Mays (3); Fleming (4); Miller (1); Odell (2).

Central Oklahoma 20, Bemidji State 4 (March 6 at Edmond, Okla.) (Game 2)

Bemidji State.......... 100 2  1 0 0 -  4  8 4 (0-2)
Central Oklahoma.... 053 0(10)2 X - 20 19 2 (9-6)

Pitchers: Bemidji State - Berner; Salamone(5); Heesen(5). Central Oklahoma - Nevels; Briggs(5); Ashley, C.(6); Workman(7).
Win-Nevels(3-1) Loss-Berner(0-1) T-2:42 A-100
HR UCO - Odell (3); Leeper (1).