Beavers swept by No. 19 Winona State
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Beavers swept by No. 19 Winona State
WINONA, Minn  – The Bemidji State University baseball team fell to No. 19 Winona State University 12-4 and 10-6 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Saturday at Maxwell-Loughrey Field.

In game one, the Warriors (26-11, 20-6 NSIC) took a 5-0 lead after three innings, thanks to two homeruns by Joe Kley. He hit the first straight-away center, a three-run shot, then a took one to right field, a two-run bomb off BSU starter Phil Bray (LHP, Chatfield, Minn.). Entering the game Bray had only given-up one homer all season.

A six-run fourth and one-run fifth for the Warriors handed the home team a 12-0 lead. The Beavers (16-23, 10-15 NSIC) avoided getting blanked for the second consecutive game by scoring four runs in the sixth on six hits to make it 12-4.

Bray allowed 10 runs on seven hits, but only five were earned as the Beavers had three errors in the game that extended innings. BSU came into the series with WSU with the least amount of errors in the league and a conference-best fielding percentage. The Beavers had eight hits in the game, getting the production from eight different players.

After the Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning of game two, the Beavers responded with two in the top half of the third to own a 2-1 lead. Nine-hole hitter sophomore Riley Hirsch (C Little Falls, Minn.) started the frame with a bunt single and then stole second to get into scoring position. Senior Colton Smith (OF, Waddell, Ariz.) plated Hirsch on an RBI single to left field. Smith moved around the bases to third and would score on an error by the WSU third baseman on a ball that went right through his wickets.

More Warrior miscues aided Beaver runs as BSU got a solo run in the top of the fifth and sixth innings. Smith started the inning with a poke hit into left field. He moved to second on a senior Nick Jelacie (OF, Brainerd, Minn.) bunt single and would score on a throwing error by the second baseman, trying to turn a double play.

The Beavers made it 4-1 in the sixth by stringing a couple of two out hits together from freshman Dylan Webb (INF, Phoenix, Ariz.) and Hirsch. Smith walked to load the bases, then a wild pitch put Webb home.

The Warriors battled back in the bottom of the sixth, getting two runs to make it 4-3. Six innings was it for BSU starter Miles Campbell (RHP, Eden Prairie, Minn.) he allowed the three runs (all earned) on six hits with three strikeouts.

WSU continued to swing the bats in the seventh against Beaver reliever senior righty Ryan Guy (OF, Fountain Hills, Ariz.), lining three straight hits to start the frame to knot the contest 4-4. Freshman left-hander Aaron Young (Urbandale, Iowa) came in to the game to try and do some damage control, but allowed a hit to his first batter and the game was WSU’s at 5-4.

Young only faced the one batter, handing the ball to senior right-hander Bryan Jamieson (Maplewood, Minn.) facing a first-and-third situation. His first batter faced made it five hits in a row for the Warriors, scoring a run. Jamieson finished the inning, but not before WSU got another run to go up 7-4 after seven innings complete.

WSU added three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to own a 10-4 lead, which proved valuable as Jelacie led-off the ninth with a triple to center field and then was plated by freshman Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.), then BSU added one more before falling 10-6 and leaving runners at the corners.  

BSU produced 12 hits in the game, getting multi-hit performances from five guys. Smith went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.  

The Beavers and Warriors will do battle in a doubleheader tomorrow at 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).