Sander pitches shutout; Beavers lose in extras for NSIC split at SMSU
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Sander pitches shutout; Beavers lose in extras for NSIC split at SMSU
MARSHALL, Minn. ­— Senior right-hander Ryan Sander (St. James, Minn.) hurled his fourth complete game and second complete game shutout of the season in game one of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference twinbill at Southwest Minnesota Stare University Tuesday. The Beavers won game one 3-0 before falling 6-5 in 10 innings in game two for a conference split that closed the 2011 road season for BSU.  

Sander scattered seven hits, posted a career-high 10 strikeouts and issued zero walks, maintaining his controlling trend of not allowing walks. Entering the contest he had just six walks in 43.1 innings pitched to rank second in the NSIC.  

The game was a pitcher’s duel through six innings, as both teams were scoreless. The Beavers (18-25, 12-17 NSIC) finally broke the silence with a three-spot in the top of the seventh inning to provide all the scoring in the game. The Beavers scored all three runs with two outs showing on the scoreboard. Sophomore Lewis Baumann (INF, Colorado Springs, Colo.) proved to knock in the game-winning run with a double to right center with runners on the corners. Then with runners on second and third, senior Colton Smith (OF, Waddell, Ariz.) guided a ball through the left side to score one and send Baumann to third. He was plated when a ball off the bat of senior Nick Jelacie (OF, Brainerd, Minn.) was mis-fielded by the shortstop to hand BSU the 3-0 advantage.

SMSU (10-22, 6-15 NSIC) stranded runners on first and third in the bottom of the seventh, but Sander got all three outs himself, including the final victim looking. Jelacie posted his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4. The Beavers had eight hits total, getting production from five other players.

The Beavers scored two in the second inning of game two to own a 2-0 advantage, thanks to three consecutive walks from a pair of SMSU pitchers. The Mustangs tagged one in the fourth and two in the seventh to take their first lead of the doubleheader 3-2. BSU responded with a three-spot in the top of the eighth inning, guiding them to the 5-3 advantage. The three runs came with two outs and off the bat of Baumann as he recorded his first homerun since the sixth game of the season, scoring freshman Dylan Webb (INF, Phoenix, Ariz.) and senior Brian Murphy (1B, Longville, Minn.), who started the inning with a double.

SMSU was down to its last out in the bottom of the ninth when it strung together three consecutive singles to center field off BSU pitcher senior Bryan Jamieson (RHP, Maplewood, Minn.), who was pitching in his second consecutive inning, to knot the contest at 5-5 and send it into extra innings. The Beavers got runners on first and second in the 10th, but couldn’t find a way to get one across. With the momentum on their side, the Mustangs got what they needed in the bottom of the 10th inning, plating the winning run on a wild pitch from sophomore Ryan Anderson (RHP, Lino Lakes, Minn.).

The extra inning loss made BSU’s record in extras 3-2 this season and moved its one-run game record to 5-2. The Beavers had 10 hits to SMSU’s 13 in the game. Baumann went 2-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored. He is just the third Beaver to record four RBI in a game this season, following Murphy and freshman Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.). Webb went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Braun posted a two hit game (2-for-4).

Sophomore Logan Kalis (RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) started the game on the mound for BSU, allowing the three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work. He fanned four batters, but walked five. Jamieson allowed two runs on five hits in two innings of relief.
BSU closes the book on the 2011 season May 7-8 at home against No. 9 Minnesota State University, Mankato at the BSU Baseball Field. The four-game series serves as alumni weekend for Beaver baseball and Sunday marks senior day for nine student-athletes. May 7 doubleheader is slated for a 1 p.m. start, while Sunday is set for a 12 p.m. first pitch.  

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