Bemidji State drops double-header at Winona State
Saturday, April 4, 2009
WINONA, Minn. (Loughrey Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team dropped a pair of contests at Winona State, losing 4-3 in Game 1 and dropping a 2-0 decision in the nightcap. The Warriors won game one in their final at-bat scoring the game-winning run off a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh and then scored a run in the fifth and sixth innings and held on for a 2-0 win.

Both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings of Game 1 until Winona State erupted for three runs in the third inning. Ben Smothers led the inning off with a double down the left field line and then scored when Tony Mueller singled up the middle giving WSU a 1-0 lead. Ronnie Olson then singled up the middle allowing Mueller to reach third and score on a Jared Anderson RBI sacrifice fly to center field to put the Warriors up 2-0. Ross Hellenbrand drove in the Warriors final run of the inning with their second double of the game to put the Warriors up 3-0 after three innings of play.

After being held to just three hits through the first four innings the Beavers bats heated up in the fifth pounding out three hits producing three runs to tie the contest. With one out in the fifth, Alex Messick (So., C, Lakeville, Minn.) started the rally drawing a walk and then advanced to second off P.J. McIntee’s (Sr., 2B, Randolph, Minn.) second hit of the game. A single by Josh Silvernagel (Jr., SS/RHP, Bismarck, N.D.) moved the runners up a base and then a RBI ground out by Ryan Sander (So., RHP/INF, St. James, Minn.) drove in BSU’s first run of the game, 3-1. BSU tied the game off a Justin Huether (Sr., OF/RHP, Brainerd, Minn.) single at 3-3.

BSU loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two outs but were unable to pick up a hit to drive in the go ahead run. With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Anderson reached base on a walk and then stole second and advanced to third on a error by BSU catcher Messick and eventually came around to score the game winning run off a wild pitch to steal a 4-3 victory from the Beavers.

Josh Juntunen (Sr., LHP/1B, Elk River, Minn.) went 6.0 innings allowing three runs (three earned) off nine hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Silvernagel saw his record drop to 2-1 giving up one run (zero earned) with one walk.

Jim Kovacs got the start for WSU going 5.0 innings allowing three runs (two earned) off six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Kodey Simon picked up his second win of the season working 2.0 innings allowing just two hits and striking out four batters and allowing just one walk.

McIntee led the Beavers offensively going 3-for-3 with one run scored.

Game 2 was a pitchers dual between Sander and Tony Mueller as both pitchers gave up just four hits. The biggest difference in the contest was Bemidji State’s four errors which would eventually come back to haunt them.

Winona State would break a 0-0 tie in the fifth when Adam Gemuenden led the inning off with a single to right center field. Gemuenden eventually came around to score off a muffed throw by BSU first baseman Paul Newman (Sr., DH/1B, Durhamville, N.Y.) to give WSU a 1-0 lead.

In the sixth another BSU error aided to an insurance run for WSU. Ross Hellenbrand singled through the left side of the infield allowing Joe Kley to score for second giving the Warriors a 2-0 advantage.

Huether singled through the middle to lead off the seventh for the Beavers but was doubled off to end the game, giving WSU a 2-0 lead to sweep the Beavers in the four game series.

Sander dropped his third game of the season falling to 0-3 as he worked 6.0 innings giving up two runs (one earned) off four hits with two strikeouts while his counterpart, Mueller improved to 3-1 as he worked all 7.0 innings giving up just four hits with three strikeouts.

BSU dropped to 8-21 on the season and 1-10 in the NSIC while Winona State improves to 16-7 overall and 8-0 in conference play.

Bemidji State is scheduled to open the home portion of its season on Tuesday, Apr. 7 with a double-header with Southwest Minnesota State at the BSU Baseball Field. First pitch is slated for 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).