Wayne State sweeps weekend series with BSU
Sunday, April 29, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) - The Wayne State College Wildcats swept the weekend series with Bemidji State today taking the final two games in doubleheader action at the BSU Baseball Field this afternoon. Wayne State came back from a 4-0 deficit to take Game 1, 5-4 and completed the weekend sweep with a 4-2 win in Game 2.

Bemidji State struck first as the Beavers scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-0 lead in Game 1. Lead-off batter Rich Bohannan (Goodyear, Ariz.) started things off with a walk and P.J. McIntee (Randolph, Minn.) followed with a single to left field to give the Beavers runners on first and second with no one out in the inning. Josh Juntunen (Elk River, Minn.) cleared the bases on a three-run homer over the right field wall to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead. The homerun was Juntunen’s third homerun of the season. Eric Pilgrim (Park Rapids, Minn.) started the rally back up again when he drew a walk and then scored on a RBI double by Anthony Stoloski (Half Moon Bay, Calif.). Stoloski’s double was his eight of the season and the RBI was his team leading 23rd RBI.

Wayne State cut the Beavers lead in half in the fifth inning on a homerun by Sean Soderberg. Wayne State used the long ball once again in the sixth inning to take it’s first lead of the game at 5-4. The Beavers made a pitching change with runners on first and second with one out in the inning. Juntunen replaced starting pitcher Chad Schwegel (St. Joseph, Minn.). The first pitch that was delivered by Juntunen was a three run homerun over the left field wall by designated hitter Alex Koch.

Both teams went down quietly in the seventh inning and the Wildcats were able to hold onto the comeback victory to take Game 1, 5-4.

Senior pitcher Chad Schwegel (St. Joseph, Minn.) made his last start at home for the Beavers pitching, 5.1 innings allowing four runs (four earned) on five hits. Juntunen made the lone relief appearance surrendering one run (one earned) on one hit in 1.2 innings of work. Juntunen took the loss, dropping his record to 0-9 on the season.

John Snyder pitched a complete game for the Wildcats. After a rough first inning Snyder allowed just three Beaver hits in the final six innings. Snyder allowed four runs (four earned) on six hits with five strikeouts. Snyder’s record saw his record move to 7-0 on the season.

Juntunen was 1-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored for the Beavers.

The Wildcats jumped on the board early in Game 2. Dustin Jones led the game off with his ninth homerun of the season to give Wayne State a early 1-0 advantage. Marc Manganaro drove in the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to center field that allowed Adam Hoffman to score from third base.

The Beavers cut the Wildcat lead in half in the bottom of the second inning. Senior Nick Noack (Hudson, Wis.) started the Bemidji State rally on a single down the left field line. Josh Silvernagel (Bismarck, N.D.) drove Noack in on a two out double to left center field to bring the Beavers within one run at 2-1.

Wayne State pushed it’s lead to 4-1 in the third inning. Marc Manganaro drove in his second run of the ball game on a ground out to the shortstop and Ian Delaet platted the second run of the inning on a RBI single to center field.

Bemidji State pushed it’s second run of the ball game across in the fifth inning. P.J. McIntee (Randolph, Minn.) picked up a two out RBI single to right field scoring Silvernagel from second base to bring the Beavers within striking distance at 4-2.

The Beavers loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning but was unable to push a run across. Wayne State shut the door on the BSU offense in the seventh inning and was able to hold on to a 4-2 win in Game 2.

Senior pitcher Josh Langlie (Thief River Falls, Minn.) also made his last start at home for the Beavers, going 4.0 innings allowing four runs (four earned) on seven hits. Tony Meech (Menahga, Minn.) and Kevin Morel (Shoreview, Minn.) made relief appearances and combined for no runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of work; Meech pitched 1.1 innings allowing just four hits, while Morel went 1.2 innings, giving up two hits with one strikeout. Langlie took the loss falling to 0-7 on the season.

Connor Bramlet pitched 5.0 solid innings for the Wildcats allowing both Beaver runs on four hits with two strikeouts. Jim Sake and Ryan Kolo made relief appearances for Wayne State. Sake pitched 0.2 innings allowing just one hit and Kolo went 1.1 innings with two strikeouts. With the win Bramlet’s record moved to 6-0 and Kolo picked up his first save of the year for Wayne State.

McIntee and Silvernagel led the Beavers at the plate in Game 2. McIntee was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Silvernagel went 1-for-2 with one RBI and a run scored.

Bemidji State (6-41 / 4-22 NSIC) will wrap up it’s conference schedule next weekend on May 5th and 6th as the Beavers will travel to Crookston, Minn. to take on the University of Minnesota, Crookston Golden Eagles. Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start and Sunday’s contest will start a 12:00 p.m.