Beavers make it six straight wins with sweep of Wolves
Friday, April 22, 2011
Beavers make it six straight wins with sweep of Wolves

BEMIDJI, Minn. ­— Strong pitching performances, opponent miscues and timely hits handed the Bemidji State University baseball team a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader sweep of Northern State University Friday at the BSU Baseball Field. The Beavers won 4-2 and 12-2 (seven innings), marking six straight victories.

NSU committed two errors in the first game and six errors in game two, while BSU recorded its 10th and 11th game this season with zero errors, keeping to its league leading mark of the least amount of errors this season and ranking second in the NSIC in fielding percentage.    

After allowing two runs on two hits in the top of the first inning of game one, freshman right-hander Miles Campbell (Eden Prairie, Minn.) settled-in and allowed just four hits the rest of the way, recording his first-career complete game and moving to 2-0 on the season. He fanned five batters in the game and walked just one.

The Beaver bats responded in the bottom of the first inning with a two-spot of its own. BSU loaded the bases with one out for senior Joe Chism (C, Great Bend, Kan.) and he came through. After battling to a full count, Chism ripped the ball down the left field line, past a diving third baseman, plating senior outfielder Nick Jelacie (Brainerd, Minn.) from third and sophomore Logan Kalis (1B/RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) from second.   

The scored remained tied 2-2 until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Beavers tacked two onto the scoreboard to take a 4-2 lead that would stick through to the end. Junior Juan Molero (OF, Marcaigo, Venezuela) started the inning with a base hit to left center. Sophomore Lewis Baumann (MIF, Colorado Springs, Colo.) got down a bunt to sacrifice himself and move Molero to second, but the NSU pitcher fielded the ball and threw it away, allowing Molero to advance to third and Baumann go to second. Sophomore Matt Ellinghuysen (3B, St. Charles, Minn.) scored Molero on a ground out to shortstop, then senior Brian Ahlers (INF, Champlin, Minn.) produced a base knock through the left side to get Baumann across.

The Beavers scored their four runs on six hits, getting production from six different batters.

Northern State errors and timely BSU hits guided the Beavers around the bases in game two. BSU took a 2-0 lead after one inning thanks to two hits and two errors in the frame. NSU tied the game 2-2 in the top of the third inning, but in the bottom half the home team tallied five runs on five hits with one Wolves error. After a miscue from NSU, the Beavers would capitalize by stringing a couple hits together and scoring runs. Included in the inning was Ellinghuysen’s third homerun of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence with two outs, making both runs unearned.  

The problems continued for the Wolves as rain started to fall. The Beavers scored one in the fourth and two in the sixth. The two runs in the sixth came thanks to a couple hits then three wild pitches in the inning. BSU needed two in the bottom of the seventh to end the contest early and got it, again with the help of the NSU defense, starting the inning on an error. A couple hits later the game ended and in good time as the rain came down harder as the fans and teams exited the field.

Sophomore Ryan Van Someren (RHP, Milaca, Minn.) threw seven complete innings to improve to 1-2 on the season. He allowed the two runs on just six hits, while striking out five batters and walking just one. The complete game is the first of his young career.

Senior Colton Smith (OF, Waddell, Ariz.) went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Freshman Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) also produced three hits, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Kalis and Molero each tallied two hits and two runs scored, while Molero scored once.    

The Beavers and Wolves are scheduled to finish the four-game series tomorrow with 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).