Homeruns doom Beavers again at home
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Homeruns doom Beavers again at home
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team just can’t seem to keep its opponents within the confines of the BSU Baseball Field in 2010, giving up 37 homeruns at home this season. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader sweep by Southwest Minnesota State University was largely aided by 10 long balls Wednesday, as the Mustangs downed BSU 14-8 and 12-4.   

Game one was a bit of déjà vu for the Beavers, as the home team hung with their opponent for most of the contest, but big run innings and dingers by the Mustangs proved to be the demise of BSU in the game. The Beavers were able to stay on top or at least tied with SMSU through seven innings.

After blanking SMSU in the top of the first, BSU came out and scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a two out, 0-1 count homerun off the bat of junior outfielder Nick Jelacie (Brainerd, Minn.). The excitement soon cooled in the Beaver dugout, as the Mustangs posted a three-spot of their own in the top of the second, thanks to a BSU error that made two of the runs unearned. So the back-and-forth contest began as the Beavers took a 4-3 lead in the bottom half of the second, but then SMSU tied it 4-4 in the top of the third.

The Beavers scored twice in the fifth using a Mustang error and doubles from senior Josh Silvernagel (MIF, Bismark, N.D.) and junior Brian Murphy (1B, Longville, Minn.). Again, SMSU responded with two runs in the top of the six to knot the game at 6-6 with a homerun to left. BSU got one in the bottom of the sixth to take a one-run lead, but a run by the Mustangs in the seventh tied to game for the fourth time in seven innings. Jelacie put it upon himself to make sure BSU stayed ahead in the bottom of the seventh, driving a first-pitch offering to left field and over the fence, putting the Beavers up 8-7.

The top of the eighth is when the same-old story played out for BSU. A series of one out hits and a three-run bomb over the left field 24-foot chain-link fence from the Mustangs gave the road team a four-run inning and a three-run lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. Punched in the gut from the SMSU attack, BSU went down 1-2-3 in the eighth. On cloud nine, the Mustangs led-off the ninth with what else, a homer to straight-away center field. Followed by a single, then a 2-run bomb to left. All of a sudden, BSU was down 14-8 with no light at the end of the tunnel. The Beavers were able to muster a hit in the ninth, but failed to put any runs on the board, losing the contest by seven after owning a lead just two innings prior.

BSU entered the game 9-0 when leading after six innings, tarnishing that record. The Beavers allowed five homeruns in the game, while Jelacie had the only two for BSU, his fifth and sixth homers of the season.

Six Beaver batters posted two hits in the game. Jelacie finished 2-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored. The five RBI performance tied a career-high he set last season at SMSU and marked the first by a Beaver this season. Junior Dan Bauer (MIF/RHP, Bemidji, Minn.) went 2-for-4 at the dish, while scoring twice and adding two RBI. Silvernagel had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Junior Ryan Sander (RHP/1B, St. James, Minn.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and junior third baseman Colton Smith (Waddel, Ari.) had two hits. Freshman Logan Kalis (RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) started for the Beavers and hurled six innings, 100 pitches, allowing seven runs, five earned on six hits, with two strikeouts. Junior right-hander Brian Jamieson (Maplewood, Minn.) suffered the loss throwing 1.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits.     

The Beavers allowed a run in almost every inning (no runs only the seventh) in game two, falling 12-4. The game was tied 1-1 after the first as each team traded a solo shot. This time is was Bauer for BSU over the left field wall. Unfortunately for the home team, the Mustang bats stayed hot and the Beaver sticks didn’t. SMSU scored two in the second and then posted back-to-back three-run innings in the third and fourth to own a 9-1 lead. BSU would score three in the bottom of the fifth, but at that point it was 10-4. Any hope of a comeback was thwarted in the top of the sixth when SMSU hit its 10th homerun of the doubleheader, a two-run shot, to take a commanding 12-4 lead that would prove to be the final score.

BSU has given-up a total of 46 homeruns this season, just nine on the road, while hitting 28 of its own. Six different Mustangs went yard in the two games, while Andrew Kinney hit three homeruns in the game almost doubling his season output.

Bauer continued to swing a hot bat and went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run, extending his hitting streak to five games. Senior Joe Chism (OF, Great Bend, Kan.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while sophomore Jeff Schaper (1B, Bemidji, Minn.) accounted for BSU’s sixth and last hit of the contest, posting a two-RBI double. Freshman Ryan Anderson (RHP, Lino Lakes, Minn.) started on the bump for BSU and moved to 2-2 on the season throwing 3.1 innings, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits, while fanning three batters.     

The Beavers hit the road April 17-18 with a four-game series at University of Minnesota Duluth.   

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