Southwest Minnesota State completes four-game sweep of BSU
Sunday, April 22, 2007
BEMIDJ, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) - The Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs completed a four-game weekend sweep over the Beavers this afternoon at the BSU Baseball Field. In a pitcher’s dual SMSU’s John Goneau outlasted Bemidji State pitcher Chad Schwegel (St. Joseph, Minn.) to led the Mustangs to a 1-0 shutout win in Game 1, and then the Mustangs put up 15 runs in Game 2 to take the night cap 15-3.

Game 1 saw two outstanding pitching performances from the Mustangs John Goneau and the Beavers Chad Schwegel. Goneau pitched a complete game shutout scattering five Beaver hits with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. Schwegel matched Goneau inning for inning until the sixth inning. The Mustangs Andy Cook led off the sixth and took advantage of a mistake by Schwegel, hitting a solo homerun over the right field wall to put the Mustangs up 1-0.

The one run was enough for Goneau as he shut down the Beaver offense in the sixth and seventh inning to secure a 1-0 win for the Mustangs.

Schwegel pitched seven strong innings for the Beavers allowing one run (one earned) on five hits with five strikeouts. The loss drops Schwegel to 1-3 on the season.

The Mustangs scored 12 runs combined through the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to garner a 15-3 win in Game 2. Out of the 15 runs only six of those runs were earned.

Bemidji State took its first lead of the day in the bottom of the first inning. The Beavers put together a two out rally to push two runs across and take a 2-0 lead. Josh Juntunen (Elk River, Minn.) started the rally with a single to center field. Eric Pilgrim (Park Rapids, Minn.) and Tony Samuelson (Pine City, Minn.) hit back-to-back RBI double’s to plate the two runs for the Beavers.

The Mustangs scored ten unanswered to take a 10-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Mustangs platted three runs in the third and fifth inning and then scored four runs in the sixth inning. The Beavers pushed one run across in the sixth inning on a solo homerun by Eric Pilgrim to bring the score to 10-3 in favor of the Mustangs. The solo shot was Pilgrim’s first homerun of the season.

The Mustangs scored five unearned runs in the top of the seventh and then shutdown the Beaver offense in the bottom of the seventh to take game two of the doubleheader and complete the weekend sweep over the Beavers.

Bemidji State starting pitcher Kevin Morel (Shoreview, Minn.) gave up six runs (two earned) in five innings of work on eight hits with one strikeout and one walk. Morel took the loss for the Beavers seeing his record drop to 1-4 on the season. Bryan Buhr (Frazee, Minn.) and Brent Vollbrecht (Morristown, Minn.) each pitched a inning in relief; Buhr gave up four runs (four earned) on five hits and Vollbrecht gave up five runs (none earned) on four hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Adam Schrader started on the mound for the Mustangs allowing two runs (two earned) on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Schrader’s record improved to 5-2 on the season for the Mustangs. Nick Cobb and Brandon Wagner each pitched an inning of relief; Cobb pitched the sixth, allowing one run (one earned) on two hits with one strikeout and Wagner gave up one hit in the seventh inning.

Pilgrim led the Beavers at the plate as he went 4-for-6 on the day with two RBI and two runs scored.

Bemidji State (6-33 / 4-16 NSIC) will be in action next on Tuesday, April 24 as the Beavers will travel to Grand Forks, N.D. to play a doubleheader against the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. The first pitcher for Game 1 of the doubleheader is slated for 1:30 p.m.