ABERDEEN, S.D. - The Bemidji State University baseball team fell 13-5 in game one of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at Northern State University Saturday, but rebounded for a 11-9 game two win for an important split to keep playoff hopes alive.
With a 15-19 (22-26 overall) NSIC record, the Beavers need to win twice tomorrow to have a chance at finishing in the top six in the league standings and make the conference playoffs. In addition to the wins, BSU will also need Upper Iowa University to lose twice at home to No. 6 Minnesota State University, Mankato and University of Minnesota Duluth to lose one of its two games at home against University of Mary.
The Beavers tallied three runs in the first inning of game one, but would only score two more runs the rest of the game, as Northern State scored at least a run in all six frames. BSU scored all three runs with two outs after sophomore Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) doubled to left field to open the contest. Junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) started a stretch of three, two outs with a single up the middle that plated Hanson. Senior Mauricio Gomez (3B, Caracas, Venezuela) singled through the left side and eventually scored with Marks on a junior Trevor Purvis (OF/P, Rio Rancho, N.M.) double to right center.
The Wolves scored one in the first and three error-aided runs in the second to take their first lead of the day at 4-3. NSU then recorded a run in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and three more in the sixth for the 13 runs. Purvis recorded his third and fourth RBIs of the day in the sixth with a two-run homer to right center – his second bomb of the season.
Junior left-hander Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) suffered the loss after allowing six runs (two earned) on two hits in three innings. He fanned eight batters to tie a season-high. Gomez finished the game going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Purvis was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a run to combine for five of the Beavers’ seven hits in the game.
After three scoreless innings in game two the Beavers got on the board first with a Marks solo shot to right that started the fourth. The Wolves then recorded three runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to open an 8-2 lead through five.
Purvis got a five-run sixth inning started for the Beavers with a one-out single to center field. BSU then tallied three straight hits, including a sophomore Kean Paxton (2B, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) single to right that plated Purvis and senior Juan Molero (OF, Maracaibo, Venezuela). An error by the NSU right fielder on a fly ball off the bat of junior Riley Hirsch (C, Little Falls, Minn.) scored junior Lewis Baumann (SS, Colorado Springs, Colo.) and gave the Beavers a second and third situation with one out. Sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) singled up the middle to score Paxton and the inning was capped off with a ground out by junior Logan Kalis (RHP/1B/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) that scored Hirsch and put the Beavers down 8-7.
Marks plated Braun in the eighth to tie the game 8-8, then Gomez laced a shot to right center to score both Marks and Kalis to hand the Beavers a 10-8 advantage. Braun added an insurance run in the ninth with a two-out single to right that scored Baumann from third to hand the Beavers a 11-8 lead into the bottom half. NSU scored once to make it 11-9, but sophomore right-hander Miles Campbell (Eden Prairie, Minn.) was able to keep the runners on second and third from scoring to earn his first save of the season.
Campbell hurled the final two innings and allowed one run on four hits. Junior Ryan Brezinski (RHP, Regina, Saskatchewan) earned his first win of the season after throwing 2.1 innings of relief and allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts. Junior Ryan Anderson (RHP, Lino Lakes, Minn.) started and pitched 4.2 innings. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits with two K’s.
Baumann posted a four hit game with a 4-for-5 and two run line, while Braun also contributed four hits, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a runs scored. Marks went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
The Beavers close the regular season Sunday with a double dip 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).