Beavers fall in series finale against Wayne State 11-9, 19-2
Monday, March 22, 2010
Beavers fall in series finale against Wayne State 11-9, 19-2
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball squad fell 11-9 and 19-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series finale against Wayne State College Monday at the BSU Baseball Field. BSU moves to 10-11 overall and 1-3 in the NSIC. The doubleheader losses closed a four-game set the opened the home and conference schedule for the Beavers.

The Beavers and Wildcats used the strong wind blowing out to left field to produce four home runs, three of which that came off the bats of BSU players. It was an offensive see-saw match to start the game. WSC opened the contest with two runs, but the Beavers responded with three runs of their own. Lead-off batter Joe Chism (Sr., RF, Great Bend, Kan.) started the game with a shot to left field that carried over the fence for his second homer of the season. Clean-up batter junior outfielder Nick Jelacie (Brainerd, Minn.) then smashed one over the 390 sign in left center field that scored junior third baseman Colton Smith (Waddel, Ari.). It was Jelacie’s second home run of the season.

WSC came back with a five-run second, that included a 2-run shot from Wildcat catcher John Plasha, to take a 7-3 lead. The four-run lead didn’t last long as BSU added two more in the bottom half of the second frame. Both runs came with two gone, as Chism and senior Josh Silvernagel (MIF/RHP, Bismark, N.D.) were able to get a pair of singles to add to junior Brian Murphy’s (1B, Longville, Minn.) single earlier in the inning. The series of hits loaded the bases for Smith, who came through with a clutch hit through the left side that scored Murphy and Chism.

The Wildcats added one in the fourth and fifth to take a commanding 9-5 lead, but again, the home team responded with three in the bottom of the fifth. Again with two outs, BSU had two runners on and its nine-hitter, senior catcher Dan Bennett (Hayfield, Minn.) at the plate. On a 0-1 count, Bennett hit a bomb over the left field wall for a 3-run homer, his first of the season, making the score 9-8. The scoreboard read the same score all the way to the bottom of the eighth inning. Bennett started the frame with a walk and was then pinch-ran for by freshman Lewis Bauman (MIF, Colorado Springs, Colo.). Bauman advanced to second on a wild pitch and then with two outs, Smith came through again and cracked a double down the left field line that scored Bauman and tied the game 9-9. Jelacie was up next to try and help BSU take the lead, but struck out.

Just when BSU thought they had the momentum, the Wildcats came back in the top of the ninth and produced two runs to take the 11-9 advantage. One of the runs scored was caused by a fielding error by BSU, but it wouldn’t matter as the Beavers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth, falling short of the comeback.

Junior right-hander Ryan Gebur (New Prague, Minn.) started for BSU giving-up eight runs, all earned, on eight hits, pitching four complete innings. Junior right-hander Bryan Jamieson (Maplewood, Minn.) threw five innings, giving-up three runs, two earned, off six hits. In the game BSU had 12 hits to WSC’s 14. Smith went 3-for-5 with three RBI and one run. Chism, Bennett and junior Ryan Guy (OF, Fountain Hills, Ari.) all had two hits, while Bennett had three RBI.

Game two was a lot like the first game of the doubleheader Sunday as the Beaver pitchers failed to have control and WSC’s bats were alive. BSU found themselves down 5-0 after two, 12-0 after three and then 19-2 after five, which included a seven-run inning in the third and fifth innings. The Beavers got their only two runs on a huge home run by junior Dan Bauer (RHP, Bemidji, Minn.) to left field that drove in Smith. Those runs came in the fourth inning. Wayne State had 17 hits, but BSU totalled eight walks and two hit batters. None of the four BSU pitchers lasted more than 2.2 innings.    
BSU hosts NSIC-foe Augustana College in a four-game set March 27-28 at BSU Baseball Field with both doubleheaders slated for noon.    

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