Winona State and Bemidji State split conference twinbill
Saturday, April 5, 2008
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- The Bemidji State Beavers snapped a 10-game losing skid to the Winona State Warriors Saturday afternoon at the BSU Baseball Field as they split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) doubleheader. The Warriors scored eight unanswered runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings and coasted to a 9-2 victory in Game 1. In Game 2 the Beavers put up four runs in the fourth inning to earn a 5-3 victory.

Winona State got on the board first in Game 1 as they scored three runs in the third and fourth inning and two in the fifth to jump out to a 8-0 lead. Andrew Kes provided the blow in the third inning as he hit a three RBI home run over the left field wall to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead. In the fourth inning the Warriors scored all three of their runs with two outs. Mike Wendlund started the rally with a two out double to right center field and then scored on Ronnie Olson RBI single to right field. Kes struck again when he doubled down the left field line to drive in his fourth and fifth runs of the game to push the Warriors lead to 6-0.

The WSU offense struck again in the fifth for two more runs increasing its lead to eight runs, 8-0. Dru Mickelson drove in two runs on his single to left field giving the Warriors the eight run lead.

The Beavers platted their two runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Ryan Johnson (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) led the inning off with a walk and advanced to third on a error by the Warriors third baseman which allowed Colton Smith (Fr., Waddell, Ariz.) to reach second. P.J. McIntee (Jr., Randolph, Minn.) walked to load the bases for J.J. Swalbowski (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.). Swalbowski broke up the shutout as he delivered a 2 RBI single to left field to get the Beavers on the score board.

Winona State added one more run in the top of the sixth off a RBI single my John Magee scoring Hans Heggernes to give WSU a 9-2 lead. That was all the Warriors needed as they shut down the Beavers offense the rest of the way to take Game 1 of the doubleheader.

Ryan Bohannan (Jr., Goodyear, Ariz.) fell to 1-1 on the season as he pitched 3.2 innings allowing six runs (six earned) off seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Randy Amos (Wilmington, N.C.) and Karl Willers (So., Slayton, Minn.) each made relief appearances as Amos gave up two runs (two earned) off three hits in 1.1 innings of work, with Willers give up one run (one earned) on three hits with one strikeout in 2.0 innings of work.

Ross Hellenbrand moved his record to 2-2 on the season for the Warriors as he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Evan Buhr pitched the final inning of relief surrendering just one walk.

Anthony Stoloski (Sr., Half Moon Bay, Calif.) went 2-for-3 at the plate with Swalbowski going 1-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Beavers offensively in Game 1.

In Game 2 the Beavers saw just its second complete game of the season by a BSU pitcher as Casey Allar (Jr., Sartell, Minn.) allowed just three runs (two earned) off seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk in seven innings of work to pick up his first win of the season and improve his record to 1-2.

Once again Winona State struck in the top of the third inning as the Warriors platted two runs to take a 2-0 lead. Jared Anderson started the one out rally with a single to left field. Mike Brabender followed with a double to center field allowing Anderson to come around to score from first. Brabender came around to score on a throwing error by BSU shortstop Swalbowski to give the Warriors the early lead.

BSU took its first lead of the day in the fourth inning. Stoloski led the inning off with a single to left field and advanced to second when Josh Juntunen (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) drew a walk. Both runners advanced a base off a wild pitch and then scored when Ryan Bohannan (Jr., Goodyear, Ariz.) delivered a 2 RBI single to right field to tie the game at 2-2. With two outs Swalbowski kept the inning alive as he doubled down the left field line giving BSU runners at second and third. Justin Huether (Jr., Brainerd, Minn.) singled to center field platting Bohannan and Swalbowski to give BSU its first lead of the day, 4-2.

The Warriors started a rally in the fifth inning when Jared Anderson led the inning off with a single. Mike Brabender, the second batter of the inning, reached on a throwing error by Beaver third baseman Mike Wagner (Sr., Plymouth, N.H.) to give WSU runners at first and second with no one out. Mickelson advanced the runners a base with a sacrifice bunt followed by a RBI ground out by Olson to bring the Warriors to 4-3 with the tying run at third and their best batter of the day stepping to the plate in Kes. BSU pitcher Allar buckled down and froze Kes on a curve ball striking him out for the final out of the inning with the Beavers clinging to a one run lead, 4-3.

BSU pushed an insurance run across in the sixth inning as Huether picked up his third RBI of the game to give BSU a 5-3 lead heading into the top of the seventh. Allar shut down the Warriors in the seventh striking out his fifth batter of the day on a curve ball in the dirt to help the Beavers salvage a split in the first two games of the four game series with the Warriors.

Justin Kenferman dropped to 1-1 on the season giving up four runs (four earned) off six hits with five strikeouts in four innings of work. Matt Ruben pitched two innings of relief surrendering one run (one earned) off five hits with one strikeout.

Huether led the Beavers offensively in the night cap going 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs.

With the Game 2 win the Beavers snap a 10-game losing skid to the Warriors dating back to April 10, 2005 when the Beavers garnered a 6-5 win over the Warriors.

The win for Allar was his second career win on the mound as a Beaver.

Bemidji State (7-14-1; 5-5 NSIC) and Winona State (12-9; 7-5 NSIC) will wrap up its four game set tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader at the BSU Baseball Field starting at 12 p.m.

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