Seven run ninth lifts Washburn over Beavers, 14-4
Friday, March 6, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Meador Park) -- Bemidji State and Washburn University each scored three runs in the first three innings, and the Beavers grabbed a 4-3 advantage in the fourth, but the Ichabods piled on 11 unanswered runs in the fifth and ninth innings and rode strong relief pitching to post a 14-4 victory over the Beavers in the first of three games in the Heffington Optical Festival hosted by Drury University.

The Beavers jumped out to a 4-3 lead through four innings of play but saw Washburn score four runs in the fifth and seven runs in the top of the ninth to secure a 14-4 victory off 17 hits, second most given up by the BSU pitching staff this season. BSU scattered 12 hits over nine innings platting one run in first, second, third and fourth innings.

Colton Smith (So., 3B/RHP, Waddell, Ariz.) earned his first start of the 2009 season allowing three runs (three earned) on six hits in three innings of work while walking three batters and striking out two. Kevin Morel (Sr., RHP, Shoreview, Minn.), Bryan Jamieson (So., RHP, Maplewood, Minn.), and Bryan Buhr (Sr., RHP, Frazee, Minn.) each made relief appearances for the Beavers. Morel was the pitcher of record seeing his record fall to 0-3 on the season, giving up four runs (four earned) on four hits in two innings pitched. Jamieson held the Ichabods scoreless through three innings of relief but surrendered seven runs (seven earned) in the ninth. Buhr recorded the final two outs of the top of the ninth inning picking up one strikeout.

Joel Ricketts improved to 2-1 on the season as he worked five solid innings allowing all four Beavers runs (four earned) off eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Dustin Holthaus made the lone relief appearance for WU, working the final four innings giving up just four hits and striking out six Beavers batters.

Josh Juntunen (Sr., 1B/LHP, Elk River, Minn.) led the Beavers at the plate with three hits, one run scored and one RBI while four other Beavers picked up two hits apiece.

The Ichabods leading RBI man, Dane Simoneau drove in five runs on a 1-for-4 effort from the plate in the win. Brett Sorensen contributed a 3-for-4 effort from the dish with three RBI and two runs scored.

With the loss the Beavers fall to 7-8 on the season and 4-13 all-time versus the Ichabods. Washburn evened its record to 5-5 with the win.

Bemidji State (7-8) will be back in action tomorrow evening (Mar. 7) when the Beavers play host team Drury University in BSU’s second game of the Heffington Optical Festival at 6 p.m. in Springfield, Mo. It will be the first ever meeting between BSU and Drury University in the BSU baseball program’s history.

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