Concordia-St. Paul downs Beavers, 8-2
Friday, May 9, 2008
WAYNE, Neb. (Pete Chapman Complex) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team suffered its first loss of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) tournament today, falling to the No. 3 seed Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears, 8-2. CSP used three home runs and pounded out twelve hits to move to 2-0 while the Beavers fall to 1-1 in the double elimination tournament.

The Golden Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning as their first six batters reached base. Joe Abellera and Jake Waldman stated the game with back-to-back home runs over the left field wall to give CSP the early 2-0 advantage. Chris Herbert followed with a walk and moved to third off a double by Brendan Furrow to left field. Both runners came around to score off a single by Jake Schmidt to push the Golden Bears lead to 4-0 with no outs.

CSP loaded the bases with one out looking to add to its lead but junior pitcher Josh Juntunen (Elk River, Minn.) settled down and got out of the inning with just four Golden Bears crossing the plate.

Concordia-St. Paul added a run in the second and fourth innings to push its lead to 6-0. Schmidt drove in his third RBI of the game in the second with Furrow hitting a solo home run in the fourth to give the Golden Bears the six run advantage.

BSU got its first base runner in the fifth inning when Juntunen reached on a throwing error by CSP shortstop Derek Mason which went into the dugout putting Juntunen on second. Shaun Corbett (Sr., Mora, Minn.) reached on a fielders choice when Juntunen was thrown out trying to advance to third. Corbett was advanced to second and then reached third on a wild pitch. Freshman Nick Jelacie (Brainerd, Minn.) broke up the no-hitter with a RBI single to left field driving in Corbett from third to get the Beavers on the board, 6-1.

The Beavers closed CSP’s lead to four, 6-2, in the sixth. Rich Bohannan (Sr., Goodyear, Ariz.) reached base when he was hit by a pitch and came around to score off of Anthony Stoloski’s (Sr., Half Moon Bay, Calif.) seventh double of the season. The RBI was Stoloski’s team leading 25th of the season.

The Golden Bears added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning, taking advantage of a Beaver error. John Maciej picked up a two RBI double to right field to give CSP a 8-2 lead, which is how the game would end.

Juntunen fell to 5-5 on the season as he worked five innings allowing six runs (all earned) off nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Randy Amos (Jr., Wilmington, N.C.) and Karl Willers (So., Slayton, Minn.) both made relief appearances. Amos pitched three scoreless innings allowing just one hit with two strikeouts while Willers gave up two runs (one earned) off two hits in one inning of work.

Blake DeVries was dominant on the mound for CSP as he pitched eight solid innings allowing just two runs (one earned) off three hits while striking out nine BSU batters to improve his record to 5-3 on the season. Mason pitched the ninth giving up one hit with one walk and one strikeout.

Stoloski, Jelacie, Mike Wagner (Sr., Plymouth, N.H.) and Colton Smith (Fr., Waddell, Ariz.) picked up the four hits for the Beavers in the contest.

BSU falls to 12-19 all-time versus the Golden Bears and 0-1 in the NSIC tournament versus CSP. The Beavers are now 4-9 in NSIC tournament action.

Bemidji State (16-25-1; 13-13 NSIC) will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, May 10, versus the Upper Iowa Peacocks in an elimination game. Game time is set for 1 p.m. from Pete Chapman Complex in Wayne, Neb. If the Beavers defeat the Peacocks they will then move on to play the loser of the No. 1 Wayne State and No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul game at 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, also an elimination game.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).