Bulldogs complete sweep of Beavers
Thursday, April 17, 2008
DULUTH, Minn. (Bulldog Park) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team saw its season-long three-game winning streak come to an end today as the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Beavers collided in their second non-conference double-dip of the season. The Bulldogs completed the doubleheader sweep of the Beavers taking the first game 11-0 and the night cap 7-6, in eight innings.

In game 1, UMD provided all the offense as the Bulldogs platted runs in every inning but the first to shutout the Beavers for the second time this season. Justin Baker drove in the first run of the game for the Bulldogs when he single to left center field to score Ty Fadness from second base after he reached off a double. David Olson lead the third inning off with a solo home run pushing UMD’s lead to 2-0 with his third homer of the season.

The Bulldogs platted two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to stretch their lead to 6-0 and then exploded for a five run sixth to give the Beavers its largest loss of the season, 11-0.

UMD pounded out 13 hits to just five for the Beavers in game 1.

Matt Fossen (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) took the loss for the Beavers allowing four runs (three earned) with one strikeout and two walks in four innings of work dropping his record to 1-3. Bryan Jamieson (Fr., Maplewood, Minn.) and Jeremy Monson (Fr., Pierz, Minn.) each pitched an inning of relief as Jamieson allowed two runs (zero earned) off three hits while Monson allowed five runs (fiver earned) off four hits with one strikeout and one walk.

The combination of John Leitch and Dallas Jagiela shutdown the Beavers offense. Leitch picked up his first win of the season allowing just four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work. Jagiela worked two innings giving up just one hit with five strikeouts.

UMD was led offensively by Tony Doherty who was 3-for-4 from the plate with four RBI.

In game 2, UMD lit its side of the scoreboard first by plating one run in its first at bat. Bryan Denisen singled to center field and advanced to third as he stole second and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Josh Threlkeld doubled down the left field line to drive in Denisen giving UMD the early 1-0 lead.

BSU responded in the top of the second scoring three runs to take the early lead.

Mike Wagner (Sr., Plymouth, N.H.) and Tony Samuelson (Sr., Pine City, Minn.) started the rally each drawing walks. Nick Jelacie (Fr., Brainerd, Minn.) provided the blow as he launched a three run homer to give BSU a 3-1 advantage. The home run was Jelacie’s second of the season.

UMD came back to tie it in the home half of the second platting two runs to even the score at 3-3. Luke Johnson started the inning with a double then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a error by BSU pitcher Bryant Salamone (Sr., Rockford, Ill.). Tony Doherty doubled driving in the second run of the inning to tie the game at 3-3 after two innings of play.

BSU regained the lead in the third as Ryan Johnson (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) led the inning off with a double to left field and advanced to third off a ground out by Rich Bohannan (Sr., Goodyear, Ariz.) and then scored when UMD shortstop Andrew Heieie committed an error.

BSU pushed its lead to 6-3 in the fifth when Bohannan hit a two run homer for his third home run of the season. After Bohannan’s blast BSU loaded the bases with just one out but the Bulldogs brought in Andrew Vlasak in relief and closed the door on the Beavers attempt to increase their lead.

David Olson and Luke Johnson each produced RBI singles in the bottom of the inning to close the Beavers lead to 6-5. The Bulldogs played small ball in the sixth inning to tie the contest. Mike Brunette led the inning off with a single and then was pinch ran for by Cole Hytjan. Hytjan advanced to second on a sacrifice ground out by Tyler Erickson and then advanced to third on a single by Tony Doherty. Bryan Denison pushed the tying run across with a RBI ground out to the shortstop to even the game at 6-6.

Brian Burman played hero for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the eighth inning when he hit a walk off home run to give the Bulldogs a 7-6 win to complete the doubleheader sweep of the Beavers. The home run was Burman’s second of the season.

The Beavers used four pitchers in the contest. Bryant Salamone (Sr., Rockford, Ill) saw his first action of the season allowing three runs (two earned) off four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Randy Amos (Jr., Wilmington, N.C.), Karl Willers (So., Slayton, Minn.) and Colton Smith (Fr., Waddell, Ariz.) all pitched in relief. Amos worked two innings allowing just one hit with two strikeouts and two walks. Willers allowed three runs (three earned) on five hits with one strikeout in two innings of work while Smith fell to 0-1 on the season allowing one run (one earned) off one hit with one walk and one strikeout.

Josh Foreman worked two innings and allowed one hit with two strikeouts for his first win of the season for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs racked up 11 hits in the win with Doherty, Denisen, and Johnson going 2-for-4 in the game.

The UMD sweep drops Bemidji State to 9-16-1. Minnesota Duluth improved to 15-14.

The Beavers are back on the road this weekend with a four-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series versus the Northern State University Wolves in Aberdeen, S.D. First pitch of the Saturday double-dip is set for 1 p.m. while Sunday’s twinbill begins at 12 p.m. at Fossum Field.

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