BEMIDJI, Minn. -Junior Logan Kalis (RHP/1B/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) posted a career day and lifted the Bemidji State University baseball team to a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader sweep of Southwest Minnesota State University Tuesday at the BSU Baseball Field. Kalis went 7-for-9 with 10 RBIs, seven runs scored and four homers at the plate and win on the mound in game two, as the Beavers won 8-1 and 14-8 to surpass 20 wins in 2012.
The Beavers are 21-25 overall to become the sixth team in program history to reach 20 wins in a season and move into the fifth spot on the all-time wins list. The two wins Tuesday moved the Beavers from 10th to seventh in the NSIC standings with a 14-18 conference mark. The top six-best winning percentages in league games make the NSIC postseason tournament. BSU has four games remaining in 2012 at Northern State University May 5-6.
Kalis hit two bombs in each game, the first three being 2-run shots and the last a solo blast to left field. He entered the doubleheader tied for 11th in the NSIC in home runs with six, but now his 10 dingers ties him for first among his league opponents. The junior righty also hurled a complete game victory in game two to improve to 3-6 in 2012.
The twin bill wrapped-up the 2012 home slate for the Beavers, as the squad posted an 8-12 record at BSU Baseball Field.
Kalis got the Beavers on the scoreboard first in game one in the bottom of the opening frame with his team-leading seventh home run of the season. The two-run shot plated sophomore Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) and handed the Beavers a 2-0 lead after one. Junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) doubled up the score to 4-0 in the third with a two-run shot over the right center field fence that scored Kalis.
In the fifth, SMSU catcher Tanner Neale had an opportunity to get Kalis out on a tough pop-up behind the dish and up against the backstop, but the ball jumped out of his glove to give Kalis another look. On the next offering, the junior lifted his second homer of the game and eighth of the season over the 25-foot left field fence. The bomb was a two-run shot that handed the Beavers a 6-0 advantage through five.
BSU tacked on a couple more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-0 lead into the seventh. The inning got rolling with a one out triple to center by junior Lewis Baumann (SS, Colorado Springs, Colo.), who placed a liner past a diving center fielder. Sophomore Dylan Webb (INF, Phoenix, Ariz.) then plated Baumann with a single to shallow center and eventually scored on a sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) double over the center fielder’s head.
Marks was handed the ball in the seventh to attempt a complete game shutout, but the Mustangs produced a run to avoid getting blanked. Marks improved to 4-2 on the season with the win. He allowed the one run (unearned) on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Kalis guided the Beavers’ nine hits by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. The other six hits were spread out evenly among the BSU line-up.
The Mustangs put together a pair of hits in the first inning of game two to take a 1-0 lead, but Kalis – BSU’s pitcher in game two – helped his own cause with a two-run home run to left to open a 2-1 lead for the Beavers after one.
SMSU scored three runs on four hits in the second frame to take its second lead of the game at 4-2. The Beavers then hosted a hit parade in the second and third innings and recorded six hits and posted a five-spot in each frame to take a 12-5 lead through three innings. The Mustangs scored twice in the fourth to cut the BSU lead to 12-7, but the Beavers tallied single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to own the 14-7 lead. The Mustangs tacked on one more run in the ninth before recording the final out of the game and the BSU won 14-8.
Kalis allowed eight runs (six earned) on 13 hits with five strikeouts, while going 4-for-5 with six RBIs and four runs scored. Marks posted a 4-for-6 performance at the plate with four RBIs. Webb went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while junior Riley Hirsch (C, Little Falls, Minn.) recorded a 3-for-5 game at the plate with three runs and two RBIs and junior Trevor Purvis (OF/P, Rio Rancho, N.M.) also posted three hits, as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).