Bemidji State sweeps Minnesota State, 5-4 and 4-2
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome) -- Bemidji State’s Ryan Bohannan (Sr., RF/RHP, Goodyear, Ariz.) went 3-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored to lift BSU past Minnesota State, 4-2, in Game 2 of a non-conference double-header last night at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. The victory, coupled with a 5-4 victory in Game 1, helped complete BSU’s first double-header sweep of the Mavericks in more than 45 years.

Bohannan’s three hit performance helped the Beavers complete their first twin bill sweep of the Mavericks since 2-0 and 4-0 wins in Bemidji on April 27, 1963. The sweep was just the second all-time for the Beavers over the Mavericks with the first coming on May 26, 1962 in Mankato when BSU earned 3-2 and 5-0 wins.

BSU’s victories were its first over the Mavericks since April 15, 1978 and helped snap a 10-game losing streak in the all-time series. The Beavers picked up their 10th and 11th wins in the all-time series with Minnesota State.

Bemidji State grabbed a 5-2 lead after five innings in Game 1, then fought off a furious Minnesota State rally which saw the Mavericks score twice in the top of the sixth and saw two batters reach second base in the seventh innings before falling 5-4 in the opener.

A throwing error by BSU shortstop Josh Silvernagel (Jr., Bismarck, N.D.) allowed the Mavericks lead off batter Mike Kinsel reach second in the third and then was bunted to third by Corey LaPlante. Jay Bresnahan put the Mavericks on the board first with a sacrifice fly to left field allowing Kinsel to tag from third giving MSU the early 1-0 lead.

The Beavers answered in the home half of the inning with a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. Alex Messick (So., C, Lakeville, Minn.) broke up the no hitter with a one out double to right center field to get the rally started for BSU. P.J. McIntee (Sr., 2B, Randolph, Minn.) followed Messick with a walk and both runners moved up a base when Nick Jelacie (So., OF/C, Brainerd, Minn.) grounded out to the pitcher. With two outs and runners in scoring position, BSU’s leading RBI man stepped to the plate in Colton Smith (So., 3B/P, Waddell, Ariz.). Smith scorched a hit up the middle bringing around Messick and McIntee giving BSU a 2-1 lead.

Minnesota State tied the contest at 2-2 in the top of the fifth when Koskue Hattori scored off a RBI single by Geno Glynn but the Beavers once again answered with a three run inning of their own pushing its lead to 5-2. The Beavers took advantage of two throwing errors by the Mavericks third baseman Geno Glynn in the fifth as the lone RBI in the inning came off the bat of Josh Juntunen (Sr., 1B/P, Elk River, Minn.) platting the Beavers final run of the inning giving BSU the 5-2 lead.

Minnesota State chewed into the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth. Bresnahan picked up a two out RBI double to center field scoring Hattori and Mike Kinsel.

In the seventh the Mavericks Aaron Berner led the inning off with a single to center field then advanced to second off a wild pitch with no body out. With the potential tying run at second BSU catcher Alex Messick caught Berner with to large of a lead as he through behind him to shortstop Silvernagel to pick off Berner at second for the first out of the inning. Back-to-back walks by Bohannan put the go ahead run at first but the senior hurler buckled down and struck out the final two batters to lift BSU to the 5-4 win.

Justin Huether (Sr., OF/RHP, Brainerd, Minn.) worked 4.0 innings allowing one run (zero earned) off two hits with a walk and a strikeout in his first start of the season. Randy Amos (Sr., P, Wilmington, N.C.) came out of the bull pen to earn his third win of the season (3-1) working one inning and giving up just one run (one earned) off two hits with two strikeouts. Bohannan worked the final two innings for BSU giving up two runs (two earned) off two hits with four walks and two strikeouts picking up his fourth save of the season.

Chris Odegaard got the start for MSU surrendering two runs (two earned) off two hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 3.0 innings of work while Patrick Lenton fell to 1-1 on the season giving up three runs (zero earned) off three hits with a walk and a strikeout in 3.0 innings pitched.

Messick led BSU at the plate going 2-for-2 with two runs scored while Smith picked up two of the Beavers three RBI.

Minnesota State’s Brent Fratzke cruised through the first four innings of Game 2 allowing just one Beaver hit in the second inning off the bat of Bohannan. MSU made a pitching move in the fifth and the Beavers jumped at the opportunity pounding out six hits and four runs against the Mavericks bull pen in the final three innings of play.

The Mavericks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. The duo of Hattori and Bresnahan started a little two out rally for MSU as Hattori reached base on a single to left field and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Bresnahan single to center filed bringing around Hattori giving MSU the early 1-0 lead.

BSU tied the contest at 1-1 in the fifth as Bohannan led the inning of with a double down the left field line and then scored off a single to center field by Ryan Sander (So., INF/RHP, St. James, Minn.). In the top of the sixth BSU would take the lead for good as Smith led the inning off with a double to left center field and then was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Huether. Smith eventually scored on a wild pitch and then Bohannan picked up a two out RBI single to right field giving BSU a 3-1 lead.

Minnesota State was sent down 1-2-3 in the sixth allowing BSU to get back on the bats. Messick reached base after getting hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and came around to score as Smith singled him home off a RBI single to center field to put BSU up 4-1 heading into the seventh inning.

Travis Taran smashed a pinch hit solo home run into the upper deck of the right field wall to bring the score to 4-2 but that was all the offense the Mavericks could muster as the Beavers held on for the sweep.

Juntunen earned his second start of the season going four strong innings giving up just one run (zero earned) off four hits with a season-high five strikeouts. Silvernagel worked 3.0 innings out of the pen keeping the Mavericks at bay as he allowed just one run (one earned) off one hit seeing his record improve to 2-0 on the season.

Brett Fratzke worked 4.0 innings giving up just one hit with four strikeouts. James Dale, Blake Schwartz and Nathan Kafka came out of the bull pen for the Mavericks. Dale gave up one run (one earned) off two hits in 1.0 inning of work while Schwartz lasted just. 0.1 innings giving up two runs (two earned) off on hit as he saw his record fall to 0-1 on the season. Kafka pitched the final 1.2 innings giving up three hits allowing BSU to plate one run (one earned) with two strikeouts.

Bohannan finished the game going 3-for-3 at the dish with one RBI and one run scored while Smith was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Bemidji State improves to 7-7 on the season while Minnesota State is now 2-4. BSU is off to its best start since the 2002 season when the Beavers were 9-5 through 14 games.

The Beavers (7-7; 0-0 NSIC) will be back in action on Friday, Mar. 6 as BSU will open up play in the Heffington Optical Festival, hosted by Drury University versus Washburn University at 11 a.m. in a single nine inning game.

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