Van Someren pitches gem to guide Beavers to split with No. 19 Warriors
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Van Someren pitches gem to guide Beavers to split with No. 19 Warriors
WINONA, Minn. ­— Sophomore Ryan Van Someren (RHP, Milaca, Minn.) pitched a gem in game one of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader as the Bemidji State University baseball team defeated No. 19 Winona State University 3-1 before falling in game two 10-3 to split the twin bill.   

Van Someren went the distance for the Beavers (17-24, 11-16 NSIC) allowing just one run to a Warrior (27-12, 21-7 NSIC) team that had been averaging seven runs per game entering the contest. He allowed the run on eight hits, while fanning three batters and didn’t hand out a free pass. He moved to 2-2 on the season.  

The Beavers got on the board first with a three-spot in the top of third inning. Sophomore Lewis Baumann (INF, Colorado Springs, Colo.) got the frame started with a single to left field. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, then found himself on third on a fielder’s choice that put senior Colton Smith (OF, Waddell, Ariz.) on first. With two outs and Smith on second after his team-leading 13th stolen base of the season, senior Nick Jelacie (OF, Brainerd, Minn.) plated Baumann on a single to the hole on the left side of the infield.

Two straight walks from WSU mound general Tyler Zemla handed the Beavers their second run of the inning, loading the bases and then walking senior Joe Chism (Util., Great Bend, Kan.) in five pitches for the easy RBI. BSU scored its third run of the frame on an error by the first baseman as Chism strayed too far away from first and a failed pickoff attempt by the catcher, allowed Jelacie to score from third.  

The Warriors came back and tallied one run in the bottom half of the third, while also stranding one. The score remained 3-1 to the end, but not without drama as WSU left the tying run on first in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs.

BSU had five hits in the game to WSU’s eight. Five different players got hits for BSU, Jelacie went 1-for-4 with one run and an RBI.

Chism got the scoring started in game two with a second inning lead-off homerun over the left field fence, marking his first homer of the season. The Warriors responded in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own to knot the contest 1-1.  

Chism came across home for the second time in the game in the fourth inning to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead. After drawing a lead-off walk he was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The next batter was Baumann, who hit a ball on a line to right center field, but WSU center fielder Tony Mueller made a run-saving, diving catch. Fortunately for BSU, sophomore Matt Ellinghuysen (3B, St. Charles, Minn.) hit a first-pitch single to left center to plate Chism.

In normal BSU fashion the Beavers gave back the run in the top of the inning, as WSU put a run on the scoreboard to tie the contest 2-2. The Warriors took a 9-2 lead in the sixth inning, stringing three one out hits together, then a two, two-run homeruns over the left field and right field fences, respectively, guided the seven-run frame for the home team. BSU starter senior Ryan Gebur (RHP, New Prague, Minn.) got two outs in the sixth before being pulled for freshman lefty Aaron Young (Urbandale, Iowa), who allowed the second homer of the inning. Gebur allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits in the game, falling to 1-6 on the season.  

BSU posted one run in the seventh as Smith hit a two out blooper down the right field line to score Ellinghuysen from second, making the score 9-3. WSU added one in the eighth to make it 10-3.

The Beavers had eight hits in the game, getting two from Chism as he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Ellinghuysen went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.  

The win gives Bemidji State 17 on the season, surpassing last season’s 16. If the Beavers can record one more win in their final six games it would be the most under head coach Tim Bellew and since the 2002 team went 19-11. The last time BSU reached the 20-win plateau was 1997 when that squad posted a 22-22 record. The baseball program has five 20-win seasons in its history.

BSU continues its six-game NSIC road trip May 3 at Southwest Minnesota State University for a doubleheader that is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start.     

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