Game four of the four game series was a pitchers duel early, with both starters shutting down the opposing teams offensive attacks. Josh Silvernagel (Jr., SS/RHP, Bismarck, N.D.) broke up the no-hitter early as he picked up the Beavers only hit of the game in the top of the first inning singling to center field. WU starter Curtis Hamilton shutdown the Beavers offense in the final eight innings with solid defense behind him as he struck out one batter in a 5-0 shutout of the Beavers improving his record to 1-0 on the season.
BSU starter Ryan Sander (So., INF/RHP, St. James, Minn.) was Hamilton’s equal in the early innings, holding the Ichabods to just two hits over the game’s first five innings. Doubles by Cal Iverson and Travis Ice in the sixth inning broke open the scoring give the Ichabods a 1-0 lead. WU pushed its lead to 3-0 in the seventh when Bre Sorenson homered to right field and then took advantage of a couple Beaver miscues to plate its second run of the inning.
The Ichadobs pushed a pair of insurance runs across in the eighth off a Vicen, Vieyra ground out RBI scoring Wes Joy from third and then Bre Sorensen would single to left field allowing Travis Ice to score giving WU a 5-0 lead.
Bemidji State was unable to answer as they were sent down in order in the last six innings falling by a score of 5-0.
In his first start in a Beaver uniform, Sander worked seven innings for BSU, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with one strikeout and one walk seeing his record fall to 0-1. Bryan Jamieson (So., RHP, Maplewood, Minn.) made his second relief appearance of the season as he worked 1.0 innings of relief allowing two runs (two earned) off two hits with one walk.
Hamilton improved to 1-0 on the year with the complete game gem, holding BSU to just one hit while striking out one with no walks.
Bemidji State falls to 4-4 overall while Washburn evens its record to 3-3 on the season. The Ichabods also hold a 4-12 record all-time versus BSU.
Silvernagel picked up the Beavers lone hit of the game while Brett Sorenson was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for the Ichabods.
Bemidji State (4-4) will be back in action on Feb. 25-26 when BSU returns back to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for a pair of doubleheaders with St. Cloud State University. Game time is set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 while the first pitch on Thursday, Feb. 26 will be at 6:30 a.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).