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BASEBALL: Beavers bring bats in sweep of Minnesota Crookston

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CROOKSTON – The Bemidji State baseball team brought its bats to Crookston Thursday and came away with a sweep in their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader.

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The Beavers (16-16, 7-9 NSIC) rolled to an 18-0 win over Minnesota Crookston in a seven-inning first game before topping the Golden Eagles 6-1 in game two.

The Beavers’ sweep extends the Eagles’ season-long losing streak to 33 games. UMC is 0-33 overall and 0-15 in the conference.

In game one, the Beavers scored four times in the first inning, three times in the second, once in the fourth and six times in the fifth. They added four more in the seventh to get to 18. BSU had 17 total hits.

Eight of nine Beavers starters had at least one hit, but first baseman Jaryd Marks was the big batter for BSU, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scores. Six other BSU players had two hits, including shortstop Lewis Baumann, who went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and a triple.

Logan Kalis threw seven shutout innings for the Beavers, improving his record to 3-1 on the season. He gave up just two hits – both singles – walked none and struck out seven. He also had two hits at the plate.

UMC starter Ryan Haggstrom took the loss in four innings of work, giving up eight runs on nine hits. Ryan Paasch went three innings, giving up 10 runs on eight hits.

In the second game, UMC starter Richie Navratil threw five shutout innings before the Beaver bats woke up in the late innings for a 6-1 win.

The Eagles scored the game’s first run in the fifth inning when Josh Brehmer singled and came around to score following a Herggstrom single and a BSU error.

However, the Beavers bounced back, taking the lead with a two-run, four-hit sixth inning, and never looked back. They scored two more runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth for insurance, but didn’t need it thanks to Miles Campbell.

The BSU pitcher entered the game in the sixth inning to relieve starter Ryan Van Someren. Campbell retired all 12 Crookston batters he faced – including six strikeouts – to help the Beavers secure the win.

Van Someren picked up the win to improve to 3-1 on the season; he struck out seven batters.

Offensively for BSU, Matt Ellinghuysen and Cody Jenkins led the way, going 3-for-4. Both singled in the sixth inning to help the Beavers score the go-ahead run.

The Beavers are scheduled to travel to Minot, N.D., this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders against Minot State.

They are scheduled to return home next week and, weather permitting, will play their first home games of the season Wednesday, May 1, against Southwest Minnesota State.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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