Minnesota Duluth sweeps Beavers in opening twinbill of 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome) -- The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs shutout the Beavers in Game 1 scoring six unanswered runs , then scored five unanswered runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning in Game 2 to complete a double-header sweep of Bemidji State in the season opener for the Beavers. Minnesota Duluth captured Game 1 with a 6-0 shutout, and capped the twin-bill with a 6-1 win in Game 2 and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.

Bemidji State starting pitcher Kevin Morel (Jr., Shoreview, Minn.) got off to a shaky start as the Bulldogs leadoff hitter Tony Doherty got UMD on the board early with a home run over the right field baggy of the Metrodome to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Ty Fadness and David Olson followed Doherty’s home run with back-to-back doubles. Olson put the Bulldogs up 2-0 with his RBI double-double scoring Fadness from second to give the Bulldogs the early 2-0 lead. The Beavers eventually got out of the inning as the Beavers turned a double-play to end the first inning of play.

Leadoff hitter Rich Bohannan (Goodyear, Ariz.) got things going in the bottom half of the inning for the Beavers as he singled to center field. That was all the offense the Beavers were able to manage in the bottom of the inning as the Bulldogs ended the rally with its own inning ending double-play.

After settling down and giving up just one hit in the second the Beavers would put together its best scoring opportunity of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Anthony Stoloski (Sr., Half Moon Bay, Calif.) reached first after getting hit by a pitch and advanced to second after Ryan Bohannan (Jr., Goodyear, Ariz.) drew a walk with no outs. Anthony Turk (Sr., Little Falls, Minn.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to push Stoloski to third and Bohannan to second with just one out. That was as far as the Beaver base runners would advance as P.J. McIntee (Jr., Randolph, Minn.) grounded out to third and Josh Silvernagel (So., Bismarck, N.D.) fouled out to first to end the inning.

The Bulldogs would leave a base runner on base in the third, fourth and sixth inning and two in the fifth while the Beavers left one runner on base in the fourth and fifth inning and two in the sixth inning. Minnesota Duluth put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh and final inning scoring four runs on three hits off two Beaver errors. Cole Hytjan came in for relief in the bottom of the seventh inning and sent the Beavers down in order to complete the 6-0 win for the Bulldogs.

Paul Newman (Durhamville, N.Y.) had two of the Beavers three hits while Rich Bohannan picked up the Beaver third hit of the game.

Morel took the loss on the mound for the Beavers, allowing two runs (two earned) in 4.0 innings of work. He struck out two while allowing six hits. Karl Willers (Slayton, Minn.) and Randy Amos (Wilmington, N.C.) pitched in relief; Willers struck out two while walking one and giving up one hit in two innings of work while Amos gave up four runs (four earned) off three hits with two strikeouts.

Kyle Zweber worked five innings for the Bulldogs, picking up his first win of the season. He struck out four and allowed two hits. Cole Hytjan worked two innings striking out three batters while allowing one hit.

Game 2 saw Minnesota Duluth open up the scoring off a home run by Andrew Heieie to center field in the bottom of the second inning. BSU tied the game up in the top half of the third inning as the Beavers put together a two out rally. J.J. Swalboski (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) drew a walk and then stole second to get things started. Ryan Johnson (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) drove Swalboski in with his first collegiate hit to center field to tie the game up a 1-1.

The rest of the scoring belonged to the Bulldogs as they scored one run in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth and sixth inning to earn a 6-1 win over the Beavers. Josh Threlkeld picked up the Bulldogs lone RBI in the fourth inning with David Olson picking up the lone RBI in the fifth inning for the Bulldogs and Heieie drove in his second run of the game in the sixth along with Tyler Erickson.

Stoloski and Juntunen picked up their first hit of the season to join Johnson with the three Beaver hits.

Juntunen took the loss on the mound for the Beavers, allowing four runs (four earned) in 5.0 innings of work. He struck out four and walked two allowing four hits. Willers and Ryan Bohannan pitched in relief; Willers gave up two runs on two hits in 1/3 of an inning while Bohannan struck out one batter while walking one in 2/3 of a inning.

Dallas Jageila worked 4.0 innings garnering five strike outs allowing just two hits to pick up his first win of the season for the Bulldogs. Andrew Vlasak worked 3.0 innings striking out six BSU batters while walking one and allowing just one hit.

With the loss the Beavers fall to 0-2 on the season and 19-37-1 in season opening games and 1-1 in season opening games versus the Bulldogs. UMD improve to 3-1 overall this season and improves its record to 83-34 all-time versus the Beavers.
BSU will be in action a week from today, Wednesday, March 5 as the Beavers will head back to Minneapolis, Minn. to play the Augustana College Vikings in double-head action at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The first game is set for a 11:15 a.m. start with game two to follow.

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