Too many 5’s
Sunday, March 22, 2009
WAYNE, Neb. (Pete Chapman Complex) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team went down to Wayne, Neb., and will come back to Bemidji without being able to notch a W despite strong efforts Sunday. The Beavers were narrowly defeated by scores of 5-1 and 5-3 in the second of two doubleheaders against the Wildcats.

With the four losses on the weekend, the Beavers have begun Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play 0-4 and are currently 7-15 overall. Wayne State is now 12-5 overall and 4-0 in NSIC play.

Bemidji State kept it close in the first game, going into the fourth down just 2-1, but two in the bottom half of the inning and another in the fifth for the Wildcats sealed the fate of the road team.

Ryan Bohannan (Sr., OF/P, Goodyear, Ariz.) got the start on the mound, and responded with 5.0 innings of six-hit baseball to fall to 0-2 this season. He gave up five runs, while walking and striking out five batters each. Ryan Sander (So., 1B/P, St. James, Minn.) pitched the final inning without relinquishing a run.

John Snyder pitched a complete game and allowed just one unearned run. He struck out six and walked one, while allowing six hits.

Six different Beavers recorded hits, with Alex Messick (So., C, Lakeville, Minn.) scoring the lone run and Josh Silvernagel (Jr., INF, Bismarck, N.D.) driving him home.

John Plasha and Nick Bidroski both went 2-for-2, and the duo combined to score three times. Brandon Polk recorded two runs batted in.

Bemidji State faired much better in the second game, and even carried a 2-1 advantage into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Beavers allowed two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, however, and could only answer with one of their own in the top half of the sixth, falling for the fourth-straight time to Wayne State.

Brent Vollbrecht (Sr., 1B/P, Morristown, Minn.) dropped to 1-2 this year after throwing 5.1 innings and allowing five hits and five runs. He struck out two and walked two before being relieved by Silvernagel. Silvernagel pitched the final 0.2 innings, allowing a walk and a hit, but not a run. Reid Lancaster threw the first 4.0 innings for WSC, giving up two runs off four hits and striking out three. Matt Meier came on in relief duty and picked up the win after throwing two innings, allowing one hit, one unearned run and one walk. Trenton Lee picked up his first save of the season after pitching a perfect seventh.

Josh Juntunen (Sr., 1B/P, Elk River, Minn.) went 2-for-4 to lead Bemidji State. He and Silvernagel each scored once and drove home a run. Joe Chism (Jr., C/OF, Great Bend, Kan.) and Nick Jelacie (So., OF, Brainerd, Minn.) both went 1-for-3, and Chism scored once. He extended his hitting streak to seven games, but ended his streak of consecutive games scoring a run at six. He crossed the plate in Game 2 and has scored in 7-of-8 games this year.

The Beavers will be in action next weekend when they travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., for two doubleheaders with Augustana College. The games will be played Mar. 28-29, with both doubleheaders scheduled to begin at 12:00 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).