North Park fights off Bemidji State, 13-6
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Snidegar Field) -- North Park University scored eight runs in the second and third innings to jump out to 8-0 lead and cruise to a 13-6 victory on March 11 in the first game ever between the teams. The Vikings garnered nine of their 15 hits in the second, third, and fourth innings to score nine unanswered runs before the Beavers got on the score board.

The Vikings grabbed and early nine-run lead platting five runs in the second, three runs in the third and one run in the fourth. Brady Josephson singled home Tyler Burback to open the scoring for the Vikings. Josephson eventually came around to score as Mike Kuta would drive him in on a fielder’s choice to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead. Sean Keane platted the third run of the inning scoring on a wild pitch with Tyler Fitzsimmons and Nick Marino picking up the final two RBI’s in the inning.

North Park continued to added to its lead in the third inning as the Vikings platted three more runs off of five hits. Keane recorded an RBI single, Kuta drove in his second run of the game on a sacrifice fly and Fitzsimmons rounded out the scoring in the inning with a RBI double. The Vikings made a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning as Burback picked up one of his two RBI’s for the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Frankie Green from third.

BSU got on the board in the bottom half of the fourth inning as Anthony Stoloski (Sr., Half Moon Bay, Calif.) led the inning off with a solo home run, his third homer of the year. Mike Wagner (Sr., Plymouth, N.H.) reached base as he was hit by a pitch and would score on a error by Vikings second baseman Sean Keane. Ryan Johnson (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) knocked in the Beavers third run of the inning on a RBI single.

North Park added four more runs in the game as the Vikings platted a single run in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. Burback picked up his second RBI of the game on a RBI double in the sixth, Marino added to his RBI total in the seventh with RBI single, Trevor Popp garnered his lone RBI of the game on a field choice in the eighth, and Zach Laffey drove in his lone RBI in the ninth with a double to round out the scoring for the Vikings.

The Beavers added one run in the sixth and two runs in the eighth. Nick Jelacie (Fr., Brainerd, Minn.) led the sixth inning off with his first collegiate home run. The Beavers made a comeback attempt in the eighth inning as they scored two runs on two hits while leaving the bases loaded. Johnson drove in his second RBI of the game driving home Jelacie from third and Rich Bohannan (Sr., Goodyear, Ariz.) drew a RBI walk to push home Wagner from third. The Beavers picked up a single in the ninth off the bat of Ryan Bohannan (Jr., Goodyear, Ariz.) but that was all the offense the Beavers could get with the game ending 13-6.

The freshman duo of Johnson and Jelacie each picked up three hits on the day. Johnson finished the evening 3-for-5 with two RBIs while Jelacie went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and a RBI.

Josephson went 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored to pace the Vikings, while Green, Laffey, Burback, and Keane added two hits each.

J.J. Swalboski (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) started for BSU and lasted 2.1 innings, allowing eight runs (eight earned) on seven hits. Kevin Morel (Jr., Shoreview, Minn.) allowed three runs (three earned) on six hits in 4.2 innings of relief work, and Bryan Buhr (Jr., Frazee, Minn.) saw his first action of the season as he pitched the final two innings allowing two runs (two earned) on two hits and one strikeout. Swalboski took the loss and fell to 1-1.

BSU battered North Park University starter Zach Deutscher to the tune of four runs (three earned) on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work. Two Viking relievers limited BSU to three hits over the final four innings. Asfandyar Khan allowed two runs (two earned) on two hits with three strikeouts while Sean Keane allowed just one hit with one strikeout in 1.2 innings of work. Deutscher picked up the win improving to 1-1 on the season.

Bemidji State fell to 2-6 with the loss, while North Park improved to 2-5 overall and posted its first win ever over Bemidji State University. The Beavers will be in action on Wednesday, March 12, when they will play Presentation College at 4:30 p.m. Central Time in Chandler, Ariz.

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