Beavers take two from Golden Eagles
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Beavers take two from Golden Eagles
BEMIDJI, Minn. ­— The Bemidji State University baseball team earned 19-1 and 5-2 victories Wednesday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at BSU Baseball Field, moving its winning streak to four games. The twinbill started at 6:30 p.m., providing the team and fans with baseball under the lights, as the last out was recorded in the second game at 11:10 p.m.

The Beavers (13-18, 7-10 NSIC) scored two runs in the first and four in the second in game one to own a 6-0 lead. The Golden Eagles (0-26, 0-18 NSIC) scored one in the top of the fourth, but BSU tallied its largest inning of the season, a nine-spot in the bottom half of the inning, to take a decisive 15-1 lead. BSU added four more in the bottom of the sixth, en route to the season-best 18 run victory.

Sophomore Logan Kalis (RHP, Little Falls, Minn.)  threw five complete innings to improve to 2-1 on the season. He allowed the one run (earned) on four hits, while fanning four batters and walking just one. Both seniors Colton Smith (OF, Waddel, Ari.) and Brian Murphy (1B, Longville, Minn.) tallied three-hit evenings, going 3-for-4. Smith added four runs and three RBI to his day at the plate, while Murphy had three RBI and one run scored. Senior Nick Jelacie (OF, Brainerd, Minn.) hit his team-leading sixth homerun of the season, at three-run bomb, during the four-run second inning.

With the early lead head coach Tim Bellew was able to get a whole new line-up in, enabling 11 different batters to get a hit in the game. The Beavers had 18 hits in the contest, a season-high. BSU also went errorless in the game for the ninth time this season. The Beavers entered the doubleheader with the second-least errors in the NSIC.

As the night got colder, game two was a closer affair between the US Hwy-2 rivals. The Beavers scored twice in the bottom of the first, but single runs by UMC in the top of the third and fourth innings knotted the contest 2-2. BSU responded in the bottom half of the fourth with three runs to take a 5-2 lead. All three runs were scored with two outs, getting the first runner across the plate on Smith’s 11th double of the season.

The five runs would be all junior righty Ryan Gebur (New Prague, Minn.) and the BSU pitching staff would need, as Gebur picked up the first win of his career, moving to 1-4 on the season. He threw seven complete, allowing two runs (one earned) on just two hits with seven K’s and three walks. Freshman left-hander Aaron Young (Urbandale, Iowa) walked two in the eighth, but didn’t allow a hit or a runner past second base. Senior right-hander Bryan Jamieson (Maplewood, Minn.) came in the ninth and sat down the Golden Eagles 1-2-3 for the first save of his career.

The Beavers produced 11 hits, while allowing UMC just two. Smith again was the top hitter, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. He also stole two bags in the game, his team-leading eigth and ninth of the season. Kalis was placed in the designated hitter spot in game two, as he was leading the team in batting average entering the doubleheader. He proved his worth, going 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored, including the team’s first triple since March 13. Murphy posted a 2-for-4 game with an RBI.

BSU continues its eight-game home streak April 22-23 with a four-game set against Northern State University at the BSU Baseball Field. April 22’s twinbill is set for a 1 p.m. start, while first pitch April 23 is slated for 12 p.m.    

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