Beavers drop two games to Concordia-St. Paul
Sunday, March 30, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Barnes Field) -- The Bemidji State baseball team dropped a pair of games to the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears from Barnes Field in St. Paul, Minn. The Golden Bears scored 13 runs in the first four innings of Game 1, then scored a run in three different innings to complete the double-header sweep of the Beavers. CSP captured Game 1 by a score of 20-3 and capped the twinbill with a 3-2 win in Game 2.

The Golden Bears broke open the game early getting on the board first in Game 1. Joe Abellera led the game off with a home run to right center field to give CSP a 1-0 lead. Back-to-back fielding errors by the Bemidji State defense allowed Jake Waldman and Chris Herbert to reach base. Brenden Furrow and Zane Froelich made the Beavers pay as Furrow doubled to right center field to bring in Waldman and Froelich singled to left field to bring Herbert in from third base to give CSP a 3-0 lead. Derek Mason pushed the Golden Bears lead to 4-0 when he picked up a RBI single through the left side of the infield.

Bemidji State got on the scored board in the bottom half of the first inning. Josh Juntunen (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) started a two out rally with a single to left field. Paul Newman (Jr., Durhamville, N.Y.) doubled to right center field to bring in Juntunen, it was Newman’s third RBI of the season.

The Golden Bears went back to work in the second inning as they loaded the bases with no outs. Furrow provided the big blow of the inning as he hit a bases clearing double to left field to give CSP a 7-1 lead. CSP plated one more run in the third inning to give the Golden Bears a seven run lead. Waldman singled to left field allowing Derek Mason to score to give CSP a 8-1 lead.

Juntunen led the third inning off with a solo home run to right field for the Beavers to bring BSU to within 8-2. It was Juntunen’s second home run of the season.

CSP continued to apply pressure in the fourth as the Golden Bears platted five more runs to give CSP a commanding 13-2 lead through 3 1/2 innings of play. The Golden Bears loaded the bases with no one out. Mason drove in two runs off a RBI single to right field, Ted Farni picked up a RBI single to right field and Abellera and Herbert rounded out the scoring in the inning each picking up RBIs off sacrifice flies to the outfield to give CSP a eleven run lead.

The Golden Bears had its biggest inning of the day in the sixth when they had back-to-back-to-back home runs. Furrow started the home run barrage as he hit a 3 run homer to left center field. Froelich and Maciej followed with solo home runs to give CSP a 19-2 lead heading into the seventh inning. Chris Herbert hit the Golden Bears fifth home run of the game in the seventh inning to plate CSP’s twentieth run of the game.

Bemidji State added one more run in the seventh inning as Justin Huether (Jr., Brainerd, Minn.) doubled and then scored off a double by Ryan Johnson (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) but fell by a score of 20-3 in Game 1.

CSP pounded out 20 runs off 22 hits with five home runs and eight extra base hits in the game. Brenden Furrow went 4-for-5 at the plate scoring three runs and recording seven RBIs for CSP.

The Beavers were led offensively by Huether, Johnson and Juntunen who each picked up two hits in the game. Huether was 2-for-4 with one run scored, Johnson was 2-for-4 with a RBI and Juntunen was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, one RBI and one home run.

Matt Fossen (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) took the loss for the Beavers dropping to 1-2 on the season. Fossen gave up seven runs (four earned) on six hits with one walk and one strikeout in 1.1 innings of work. Brent Vollbrecht (Jr., Morristown, Minn.), Bryan Buhr (Jr., Frazee, Minn.) and Bryan Jamieson (Fr., Maplewood, Minn.) all made relief appearances for the Beavers. Vollbrecht worked 2.2 innings allowing six runs (six earned) off six hits with three walks and one strikeout, Buhr worked two inning in relief giving up six runs (six earned) off nine hits, while Jamieson worked one inning allowing one run (one earned) off one hit with one strikeout.

Jake Schmidt pitched a his third complete game of the season, improving to 4-0 on the season. Schmidt gave up three runs (three earned) off eight hits with 12 strikeouts and just two walks.

Just as they did in Game 1 the Golden Bears took a early lead in Game 2. In the top half of the second inning Paul McKenzie drove in the Golden Bears lone run of the inning as he recorded a two out double scoring Derek Mason from first base. CSP pushed its lead to 2-0 in the third inning as Chris Herbert doubled to right center field and then scored from third base off an RBI ground out by Furrow. The RBI was Furrow’s eighth RBI of the day.

Bemidji State tied the game at 2-2 in the home half of the third inning. Josh Silvernagel (So., Bismarck, N.D.) reached first base by getting hit by a pitch and the very next batter, Huether hit his second home run of the season tying the game at 2-2. The Beavers were on the verge of taking its first lead of the day when they had runners on second and third with one out but were unable to drive the go ahead run in the inning.

Concordia-St. Paul regained the lead in the sixth inning as the Golden Bears were able to push a run across to go ahead of the Beavers 3-2. Furrow and Foelich started the inning with back-to-back singles to get a runner in scoring position. Furrow advanced to third when Maciej flied out to center field and then scored on a RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Mason. The Golden Bears held a one run lead heading into the seventh inning.

Neither team was able to score in the seventh inning and the Golden Bears held on for a 3-2 win earning the double-header sweep of the Beavers.

Casey Allar (Jr., Sartell, Minn.) had his best outing of the season allowing three runs (three earned) off six hits with three strikeouts and three walks falling to 0-2 on the season. Justin Huether made the lone relief appearance pitching 1.0 innings giving up two hits and garnering one strikeout.

Blake DeVries picked up his first win of the season improving to 1-3. DeVries worked six innings allowing two runs (two earned) off five hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks. Kirk Ingram picked up his first save of the season pitching one inning allowing one hit with two strikeouts.

The Beavers were led offensively by Huether and Stoloski. Huether went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, one run scored and a home run while Stoloski was 2-for-3 at the plate.

With the loss the Beavers fall to 12-18 all-time versus the Golden Bears and 1-13 since the 2005 season versus CSP.

Bemidji State (5-12-1; 3-3 NSIC) will wrap up its four game set with Concordia-St. Paul tomorrow afternoon at Barnes Field in St. Paul, Minn. Game 1 of the doubleheader is slated for a 12 p.m. start.

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