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Nichols’ walk-off home run in the 15th guides BSU to doubleheader split
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Nichols’ walk-off home run in the 15th guides BSU to doubleheader split

BISMARCK, N.D. (U-Mary Baseball Field) – In his first at-bat of the season, redshirt freshman Gavin Nichols (OF, Mountain Iron, Minn.) hit a two-on, two-out, walk-off home run to guide the Bemidji State University baseball team to an 11-8 victory in the 15th versus University of Mary to split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Sunday. The Beavers lost game one 2-1 due to three errors late in the contest. BSU is 12-14 overall and 3-7 in league play.

The first game loss moved the Beavers to 3-6 in one-run games this season, while the game two victory improved BSU to 4-1 in extra innings in 2013.

The Beavers scored their lone run in the first inning of game one. Junior Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) led the game off with a single to center, then scored with two outs on a U-Mary error.

Senior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove Minn.) was solid on the bump and gave-up just two hits through five innings. Two BSU errors turned into a Marauder run in the sixth to tie the game 1-1. A second U-Mary run crossed the plate in the top of the seventh with two outs. Marks allowed a one out double, then another miscue in the field plated what would be in the game-winning run.

After scoring a run in the first, BSU went on to leave 10 runners on base. The Beavers totaled seven hits, two by Hanson and by sophomore Jack Hegarty (INF/P, Brainerd, Minn.). Marks went the distance, allowed three hits and fanned three batters, as both U-Mary runs were unearned. He is 2-3 this season.

Senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came through in the second inning of game two and knocked in junior Zach Braun (C/1B, Lakeville, Minn.) and senior Matt Ellinghuysen (3B, St. Charles, Minn.) with a two-out double to hand BSU a 2-0 lead.

U-Mary scored a single run in the fourth to cut the deficit in half at 2-1 and then tallied another run in the sixth to knot the game 2-2.

The Beavers loaded the bases in the bottom half of the sixth and a balk gave BSU the lead as senior catcher Riley Hirsch (Little Falls, Minn.) scored. Bemidji State added another run in the frame when senior outfielder Trevor Purvis (Rio Rancho, N.M.) sacrificed flied to center that plated Ellinghuysen to go up 4-2.

In the eighth, U-Mary continued to do what it had all weekend and comeback after the Beavers scored. Hegarty replaced starter junior Miles Campbell (RHP, Eden Prairie, Minn.) to start the eighth and allowed a two-run home run to tie the game 4-4. The Marauders then kept the momentum going in the ninth and posted two runs to open a 6-4 leading heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Backs to the fence and facing a weekend sweep, Hanson singled through the right side to set up a Purvis bomb to right center to tie the contest 6-6 and send the game into extra innings.

After back and forth scoring threats, U-Mary finally broke the tie ball game and plated two runs in the top of the 14th to earn an 8-6 lead, but the Beavers weren’t finished. Freshman Joey Hanowski (INF/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) drew a lead off walk and then advanced to second on a Marks single. Sophomore Cody Jenkins (2B, Bemidji, Minn.) then singled to load the bases. BSU then got two key sacrifice flies from sophomore Cole Bjorge (OF, Prior Lake, Minn.) and Hirsch to re-tie the contest 8-8.

Senior right-hander Ryan Van Someren (Milaca, Minn.) came in to pitch in the 15th and set the Marauders down in order. With one out, Hanson walked and Purvis came up and singled up the middle. Hanowski moved both runners up on a groundout to the pitcher to set-up Nichols’ heroics.

Miles recorded a quality start in a no decision. He went seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits (just one extra base hit) with five strikeouts and zero walks. Hegarty pitched three innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits with three Ks. Sophomore righty Ross Stein (Big Lake, Minn.) threw a strong three innings to keep BSU alive and allowed just one hit until his fourth inning of relief in the 14th where U-Mary posted two runs on three hits. He fanned three batters. Van Someren earned the win for BSU to improve to 2-1 on the season.

BSU totaled 17 hits in the game, as lead-off batters Hanson and Purvis each posted three hits. Hanson went 3-for-6 with two runs and two walks. Purvis posted a 3-for-7 effort and added three RBIs and two runs scored. Nichols pitch-ran in the 14th, so he ended up recording three RBIs and two runs scored.

The Beavers are scheduled to play a doubleheader at home April 10 against Augustana College at noon. The games will likely be moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., but a final decision hasn’t been made. Stay tuned to BSUBeavers.com for scheduling updates.  

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).