Bottom half of line-up guides Beavers to NSIC road split
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Bottom half of line-up guides Beavers to NSIC road split
MARSHALL, Minn. -- The Bemidji State baseball team’s six through nine hitters in the line-up combined for six of the 11 hits, five of the seven RBI and two of the eight runs in the 8-4 game one win at Southwest Minnesota State University Wednesday. BSU lost game two 8-0 of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at Legion Field that opened the road portion of the Beavers’ conference schedule.  

Junior Ryan Sander (RHP/1B, St. James, Minn.), batting sixth, went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Freshman Logan Kalis (RHP, Little Falls, Minn.), batting seventh, knocked in two RBI for his first multi-RBI game as a Beaver and produced one hit to extend his team-leading hitting streak to five. Senior catcher Dan Bennett (Hayfield, Minn.), batting eighth, posted his third two-hit game of the season, adding an RBI. Batting ninth was junior Doug Peterson (RHP/OF, Bemidji, Minn.), making his 16th start of the season, who went 1-for-3 with one run scored.      

Down 4-2 after five innings, the Beavers put a run on the board in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to take a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth frame. BSU then put a three-spot on the board for insurance runs heading into the bottom half of the inning. The Beavers led-off the ninth with the top of the order, starting with senior Joe Chism (Great Bend, Kan.) who gained first after the third strike was dropped by the Mustangs’ catcher. He moved to second on a ground out by junior Dan Bauer (Util./RHP, Bemidji, Minn.). Senior Josh Silvernagel (MIF, Bismark, N.D.) was intentionally walked to create a force out at first, second or third, but a passed ball moved both runners up a base. Junior third baseman Colton Smith (Waddel, Ari.) was then intentionally walked to create the force at any base. That option was erased when Mustang pitcher Tyler Jendro threw a wild pitch and every runner moved up a base, including Chism who scored. Silvernagel crossed home plate on the next play when junior outfielder Nick Jelacie (Brainerd, Minn.) grounded out to second. With Smith on third, Sander got a base knock to third that scored Smith and gave BSU its third and final run of the inning.

Sophomore Ethan Branum (LHP, Brainerd, Minn.) threw the final two innings for BSU, allowing just one hit and fanning two batters. Branum relieved junior right-hander Brian Jamieson (Maplewood, Minn.) who pitched two shut-out innings. Freshman left-hander Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) started for the Beavers, hurling five innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on seven hits. Bray had five strikeouts, tying his season-high that he established in his last start appearance against Augustana March 28. He allowed just one walk.          

BSU entered the game winless (0-18) when trailing after the sixth inning. The three runs in the ninth were the first for the Beavers this season in five games where a ninth inning was played. BSU improved to 8-2 in 2010 when holding its opponents under four runs. The Beavers didn’t commit an error for the 12th time this season, improving to 7-5 in those contests. BSU’s pitching staff allowed just three walks, a walk and a half below its average. The staff also struck out seven batters, three more than its average in 2010. Chism went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Smith and Jelacie each scored twice.  
Game two didn’t go as smooth for BSU as it suffered its second shut-out of the season. The Beavers had five hits in the game and one error that extended an inning in which SMSU scored four unearned runs. The six through nine hitters each had one hit, as Sander was in the sixth spot, D. Peterson in the seventh, freshman Riley Hirsch (C/RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) in the eighth and freshman Lewis Bauman (MIF, Colorado Springs, Colo.) in the ninth. Bauer started the game on the bump for the Beavers. He pitched four innings, allowing six runs, just two earned, on five hits. He fanned three batters and allowed just one walk. Freshman Ryan Van Someren (RHP, Milaca, Minn.) threw two innings, allowing two runs on three hits.  

The Beavers continue NSIC road action April 10-11 at Upper Iowa University for a four-game series with the Peacocks.   

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