Bemidji State drops two games at Central Missouri Tournament
Friday, March 2, 2007

WARRENSBURG, Mo. (Crane Stadium)- The Bemidji State baseball team dropped its first two games of the Central Missouri State Tournament in Warrensbug, Mo., today as the Beavers fell to the Upper Iowa Peacocks in its first game 22-9 and then dropped its second contest of the day to #11 Central Missouri State, 8-0.

Bemidji State committed seven errors which helped Upper Iowa comeback from a 9-6 deficit and take 22-9 victory over the Beavers in Bemidji State’s first game of the Central Missouri State Tournament. Upper Iowa struck first in the top half of the first inning to grab an early 1-0 lead. Mitch Walser picked up a two out single that scored Nick Fjelland to give the Peacocks their first lead of the game.

Bemidji State scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take its first lead of the game. Anthony Turk (Little Falls, Minn.) got things started for the Beavers, doubling down the right field line. Turk would then advance to third on a wild pitch and eventually would score on a single by Tony Samuelson (Pine City, Minn.). Josh Juntunen (Elk River, Minn.) doubled to score Samuelson to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead at the end of one inning of play.

Upper Iowa regained the lead at 6-2 with a five run second inning, picking up five runs on three hits and two errors. Bemidji State answered the five run inning by the Peacocks with a six run inning to regain the lead a 8-6. Mike Wagner (Plymouth, N.H.) led the inning off with a walk and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rich Bohannan (Goodyear, Ariz.) doubled to score Wagner and then would score himself when Samuelson drew an RBI walk. Anthony Stoloski (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) capped the scoring for the Beavers when he hit a grand slam to center field. Bemidji State pushed it’s lead to 9-6 in the fourth innning on a sacrifice fly to center field by Nick Noack (Hudson, Wis.). That would cape the scoring for the Beavers as the Peacocks would scoring sixteen unanswered runs to take a 22-9 victory.

The Peacocks scored six runs in the fifth inning, four runs in the sixth inning, five runs in the seventh inning and one run in the eight inning to lift Upper Iowa to the victory.

Turk, Samuelson, Stoloski, and Juntunen record 10 on Bemidji State’s 12 hits in the contest. Turk went 3-for-4, Samuelson went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, Stoloski went 2-for-4 with four RBI’s and Juntunen was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

Kevin Morel (Shoreview, Minn.) got the start for the Beavers allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in four innings pitched. Bemidji State used three men out of the bullpen in the contest, with all three allowing at least one earned run. Casey Allar (Sartell, Minn.) picked up the loss for the Beavers allowing one earned run on four hits in two innings of work dropping his record to 0-1 on the season.

Marshall Rogne picked up the win for the Peacocks allowing no earned runs on five hits in six innings of relief for his first win of the season.

Game 2 saw Bemidji State up against the host team #11 Central Missouri State. The Bemidji State bats were silenced as the Mules rode a outstanding performance from Matt Michals and Danny Potje in a 8-0 shutout loss. Michals pitched seven complete innings, while giving up just two hits and striking out seven. Potje came in for relief giving up just one walk in two innings pitched.

Bemidji State went down 1-2-3 in the first inning and saw the Mules score two runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 2-0 lead. With two outs Luis Perez hit a two-run homer to left field to give Central Missouri the early lead.

The Mules pushed its lead to 4-0 when Luis Perez struck again when he hit another two-run homer to left field, this time with just one out in the inning. Central Missouri State picked up one run in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-0 lead into the late innings. The Mules used another two run inning in the eight inning to put the finishing touches on the victory. Nick Jaros picked up a two run double to cap the scoring for the Mules.

Tony Samuelson (Pine City, Minn.) and Shaun Corbett (Mora, Minn.) picked up the two hits for the Beavers.

Josh Langlie (Thief River Falls, Minn.) picked up the loss for the Beavers allowing six earned runs on 12 hits, dropping his record to 0-2 on the season. Karl Willers (Slayton, Minn.) pitched two innings in relief allowing two runs on four hits allowing one walk.

Michals improved to 2-0 on the year with his seven-inning gem, holding BSU to two hits and striking out seven.

Bemidji State (0-6) will play its final game of the Central Missouri Tournament on March 4, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. against the University of Nebraska, Omaha.