Bauer's grand slam aids split with No. 29 Winona State
Friday, April 2, 2010
Bauer's grand slam aids split with No. 29 Winona State
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Junior Dan Bauer’s (Util./RHP, Bemidji, Minn.) grand slam in the six-run second inning guided the Bemidji State baseball team to a 8-7 game two victory against No. 29 Winona State University in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader split Friday at the BSU Baseball Field. The Beavers lost game one 17-11, but were down just one run at 12-11 entering the decisive ninth inning.

The win snaps a seven-game losing streak, all of which were at home and in conference play. In all those games BSU had given-up more than 10 runs a game. With a hit in each game, senior Josh Silvernagel (SS, Bismark, N.D.) extended his hitting streak to 10 games, which is every conference contest this season. In the last 10 games, Silvernagel has gone 15-of-35 at the plate for a .429 batting average, raising his season average from .296 to .353. In the two games combined, Bauer went 6-for-10 with four RBI and three runs scored.

After a scoreless first inning of game two, the Beavers were able to blank WSU in the top of the second and then score six runs in the bottom half. With one away, junior Ryan Sander (RHP/1B, St. James, Minn.) walked and freshman Logan Kalis (RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) got hit by a pitch to put two runners on base with free passes. Junior Doug Peterson (RHP/OF, Bemidji, Minn.) made the Warriors pay with a double to right center that scored Sander from second and moved Kalis to third. Freshman Riley Hirsch (C/RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) kept the bats swinging with an infield hit to third base that scored Kalis. Senior Joe Chism (Great Bend, Kan.) then was hit for the second time in the game and the bases were loaded for Bauer. On the first offering from WSU starter Evan Buhr, Bauer rocketed the ball over the 24-foot fence in left field to clear the bases and give BSU a 6-0 lead.

The Beavers kept the charge going in the third as Sander started the frame with a double to left field. A single to the outfield by Kalis scored Sander and the game was now a seven-run difference. Kalis moved-up to second on his hit as the relay back into the infield went off the shortstop’s glove and got away, allowing a heads-up Kalis to take second. That proved to be costly for the Warriors as Kalis moved-up on a wild pitch and then scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Hirsch that played him for the eighth BSU run of the game.

Freshman right-hander Ryan Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn.) pitched a gem in the first three innings, shuting-down the high-powered WSU offense to just two hits. But the Warriors wouldn’t just fold to the Beavers in this game as the road team posted two runs in the fourth and then five in the fifth to cut the contest to a one-run affair. The Achilles heel of the 2010 Beaver squad has been giving-up big run innings and allowing their opponents to score late runs. This time, BSU was able to find a way to end that trend, thanks in-large to the pitching of freshman Ryan Van Someren. The right-hander from Milaca, Minn. came into the game and pitched the final two innings allowing just one hit and striking out two batters, including freezing Jamie Soyk for the final out of the game.

Anderson hurled five complete innings, allowing seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits with one strikeout and one walk. Bauer had the only multi-hit game for BSU, going 2-for-4 with the grand slam. Both Sander and Kalis scored twice.      

Game one got away from the Beavers early as the Warriors owned a 10-4 lead after five innings. The game was a homerun derby, as strong winds blew out to left field. WSU won the long-ball game as they hit four and BSU had two. Chism cut the BSU deficit in bottom half of the sixth inning with a three-run shot over the left center field fence for his team-leading fifth homerun of the season and third in as many games. WSU got two runs back in the eighth inning to take a 12-7 advantage. BSU then posted a four-run eighth inning to make the score 12-11, heading into the decisive ninth inning. Chism started the eighth by drawing a walk, then Bauer singled to center to set-up Silvernagel who hit his third dinger of the season to left field. The Beavers then tallied their fourth run of the inning when Sander cracked a hit through the middle to score junior third baseman Colton Smith (Waddel, Ari.), who reached on an error by the shortstop.

Just when the home team thought they had the momentum, the Warriors put-up five runs on the board to take a 17-11 lead. With the wind out of their sails, the Beavers couldn’t muster a run in the ninth, falling in their seventh consecutive game.

Bauer had his first four-hit game as a Beaver, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored. Silvernagel, Smith and Sander all recorded three hits in the game. Silvernagel went 3-for-6 with a team-high four RBI and two runs. Smith was also 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs. Sander went 3-for-4, returning to the Beaver line-up after missing eight games due to injury, adding two RBI and a run scored. Chism posted a 2-for-5 game with three RBI and three runs. Kalis went a 2-for-4 game with one run.

The Beavers complete their 12-game homestand and four-game series with Winona State tomorrow with a doubleheader slated for a 12 p.m. start at the BSU Baseball Field.   

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