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SALINA, Kan. – The Bemidji State University baseball team used late inning heroics to guide it to a doubleheader sweep at Kansas Wesleyan University Tuesday. BSU scored three runs in the seventh of game one to win 4-1 and posted a run in the eighth to win game two 4-3 in the nonconference double dip.
The Beavers (6-7) earned a 1-0 lead in the second inning of game one when senior outfielder Cole Bjorge (Prior Lake, Minn.) scored on a wild pitch with two outs after drawing a lead-off walk, but a run by Kansas Wesleyan in the third knotted the game 1-1.
Bemidji State starter Mark Kosmalski (RS-Fr., RHP, Oakdale, Minn.) hurled four complete innings and allowed the one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts and just one free pass. Freshman right-hander Terry Hadden (Elk River, Minn.) entered the game in the fifth and didn’t allow a single Coyote hit in the fifth or sixth frames to set up the seventh as a tie game, 1-1.
BSU totaled just three hits in the game and KWU committed only one error, but two Bemidji State hits and a home team miscue allowed the Beavers to score three unearned runs in the top of the seventh to own a 4-1 lead heading to the bottom half of the decisive frame.
Freshman Logan Riedel (RHP/OF. Clarissa, Minn.) led off the inning by reaching first on a fielding error, then was advanced to third on a sac bunt and ground out. Senior outfielder Chad Hanson (St. Paul, Minn.) then drove in what would prove to be the winning run with a double to left center. Two straight walks loaded the bases and senior Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) delivered the insurance runs with a two-RBI single up the middle.
Hadden came in and got two outs before allowing the only hit of his three-inning outing. Hadden earned the win to improve to 2-1.
KWU got on the board first with a run in the opening frame of game two. The Beavers knotted the game 1-1 in the third when redshirt-freshman Tyler Nelson (3B, Hayfield, Minn.) scored from third on a sacrifice bunt by Braun. The Coyotes got the run right back and took a 2-1 lead through three innings.
KWU owned a 3-1 advantage in the fourth with a single run, then a two-run sixth by Bemidji State tied the contest 3-3. The two runs came on just one BSU hit and were aided by two Kansas Wesleyan errors. Braun scored on a Bjorge double, while he came across the plate on a freshman Jake Braun (INF, Lakeville, Minn.) sacrifice fly to center field.
The Beavers left two on base in the seventh, but got a run in the eighth for what would prove to be the winning run. Hanson again came up with the big RBI, as he drove in Riedel, who recorded a leadoff single in his at-bat.
Bemidji State posted 10 hits in game two, while KWU recorded 12 hits and both teams committed three errors. Nelson went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Right-hander Jesse Katz (RS-So., Deerfield, Ill.) started and went three innings with two runs allowed (both earned) on seven hits. Redshirt-sophomore Nate Heisick (LHP, Plymouth, Minn.) picked up the win (1-1) after pitching the sixth and seventh innings. He allowed just two hits and struck out one. Junior righty Drake Huggans (Greenley, Colo.) earned his second save of the season after he didn’t allow a hit and fanned two batters in the eighth.
The Beavers now turn their attention to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play March 29-30 when they travel to Upper Iowa University for a four-game series.
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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).