MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team defeated Northern State University 10-2 in game one of a nonconference doubleheader at the H.H.H. Metrodome Sunday. Game two was halted due to time restrictions. BSU was up 17-2 in the top of the seventh when the game was stopped.
The Beavers went down 1-0 in the top of the second inning, but rallied and scored three in the bottom half to take a 3-1 lead. Junior Dan Bauer (Bemidji, Minn.) got the scoring started with a lead-off homerun to left field, his first of the season. With one out, junior Doug Peterson (Bemidji, Minn.) found the ball on the barrel of his bat and lifted it over the left field wall. Senior Josh Silvernagel (Bismark, N.D.) then came to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second, driving in the third run with a single to center field. Sophomore Jeff Schaper (Bemidji, Minn.) scored for the Beavers. After a scoreless third, BSU put two runs on the board in both the fourth and fifth innings to take a 7-1 lead. NSU added one in the top of the sixth, but the Beavers came back with another three-run inning to take the 10-2 lead. Silvernagel scored the first run of the inning, then BSU scored two unearned runs with two outs to push the advantage to eight with only three outs left for the Wolves.
Junior right hander Ryan Sander (St. James, Minn.) pitched 5.1 innings for BSU, scattering eight hits and giving-up two earned runs. He had five strikeouts and didn’t allow a single free pass. Sophomore Ethan Branum (LHP, Brainerd, Minn.) relieved Sander and threw the rest of the sixth inning. He didn’t give-up a hit and fanned one batter. Freshman Ryan Anderson (RHP, Lino Lakes, Minn.) closed the game for BSU, facing four batters, allowing one hit. Schaper went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Senior Colton Smith (Waddel, Ari.) went 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Both his hits were for extra bases, getting a double and a triple. Silvernagel finished the game 2-of-3 with two runs and one RBI. BSU had 12 hits to the Wolves’ nine. The Beavers left nine on base, while NSU stranded six.
The Metrodome has a time limit for teams to finish its games. BSU and NSU had to stop the second game of the doubleheader in the top of the seventh inning with two outs. The Beavers, the away team in the game, were winning 17-2, thanks to a three-run first and four-run second.
The Beavers will finish the second game tomorrow before their doubleheader with NSU, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Metrodome.