Bemidji State drops twinbill versus University of Mary
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) - The Bemidji State baseball team dropped a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) games to the University of Mary Marauders today at the BSU baseball field. The Marauders downed the Beavers 3-1 in Game 1 and then scored seven unanswered runs in Game 2 to complete the sweep, 7-4.

Senior pitcher Josh Langlie (Thief River Falls, Minn.) had a excellent performance on the mound in Game 1 for the Beavers, pitching seven strong innings. In a losing effort, Langlie gave up three runs (two earned) on nine Marauder hits, while striking out seven batters with one walk in his seven innings of work.

The Marauders opened up the scoring in the second inning. Tyler Liffrig led the inning off for the University of Mary reaching on a three base error by Bemidji State right fielder Ryan Bohannan (Goodyear, Ariz.). The Marauders took advantage of the Beaver’s mistake as next batter Casey Gray drove Liffrig in on a RBI single to center field to take a 1-0 lead.

Bemidji State missed an excellent scoring opportunity in the bottom of the third. The Beavers loaded the bases with one out in the inning but was unable to push any runs across. The University of Mary increased it’s lead to 3-0 through five innings of play. Brennan Quintus led the fourth inning off with a double to left center field and then eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth inning Ryan Lee hit a homerun to left field to give the Marauders a 3-0 lead.

Bemidji State broke up the shutout in the sixth inning as the Beavers Anthony Turk (Little Falls, Minn.) drove in his sixth RBI of the season to bring the Beavers with in striking distance a 3-1. The Marauders pitchers shutdown the Beavers from there to garner a 3-1 win.

Langlie picked up the loss for the Beavers, dropping his record to 0-6 on the season.

Matt Leer pitched five solid innings for the University of Mary, allowing no runs on seven hits with three strikeouts, improving his record to 4-5 on the season. Mike Feldman came in for two innings of relief. Feldman allowed the lone Beaver run on three hits with three strikeouts, picking up his sixth save of the season for the Marauders.

Rich Bohannan (Goodyear, Ariz.), Anthony Stoloski (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and Josh Juntunen (Elk River, Minn.) each picked up two hits in the game to lead the Beavers at the plate.

Game 2 was a game of big innings for both teams. Bemidji State scored four runs in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead, but saw the four run lead slip away as the Marauders scored six runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning for a 7-4 victory.

After going hit-less through the first two innings the Beaver bats came alive in the third inning. The Beavers pushed the first run across on Stoloski’s RBI walk. The next batter Josh Juntunen (Elk River, Minn.) doubled to center field scoring runners from second and third to give the Beavers a 3-0 advantage. Juntunen’s double chased Marauder starting pitcher Blaze Cullington from the game and Andrew Bartlett came in for relief. The Beavers added one more run in the inning on a RBI single by Eric Pilgrim (Park Rapids, Minn.) to garner a 4-0 advantage through three innings of play.

Bemidji State pitcher Chad Schwegel (St. Joseph, Minn.) cruised through the first four innings scattering four Marauder hits. The Marauders were able to time up Schwegel in the fifth inning as the Marauder offense exploded for six runs on seven hits in the inning. The inning was highlighted by Dan Eichele’s bases clearing three RBI triple and Michael Feldman’s two run blast to left field.

The University of Mary played added an insurance run in the sixth inning on a solo homerun by Andy Leer to push the Marauder led to 7-4. BSU went down quietly in the bottom of the seventh inning to wrap up the game.

Schwegel pitched 4 1/3 innings surrendering six runs (six earned) on eleven hits with two strikeouts. Karl Willers (Slayton, Minn.) and Josh Juntunen made relief appearances for the Beavers. Willers went 2/3 of an inning with one strikeout while Juntunen pitched two innings allowing one run on one hit with four strikeouts.

Blaze Culliton lasted just 2 1/3 innings allowing all four Beaver runs on three hits with one strikeout. Andrew Bartlett and Tyler Porter came in for relief; Bartlett went 3 2/3 innings allowing no runs on three hits with one strikeout and Tyler Porter pitched one inning allowing just one hit.

Juntunen went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Beavers with two RBI’s.

Bemidji State was its season mark move to 6-37 overall after the sweep, 4-18 in NSIC play, while the University of Mary moved to 13-16 and 9-7 in league play. Bemidji State will wrap up its home portion of the season this weekend as the Beavers will host the Wayne State College Wildcats in a four game series on Saturday and Sunday. The first pitch for Saturday’s double-header is slated for 1:30 and the first game on Sunday will start at 12:00 p.m.