BASEBALL: Bemidji State sweeps Kansas Wesleyan
SALINA, Kan. — The BSU baseball team had some late inning heroics in a sweep of Kansas Wesleyan Tuesday.
With the wins the Beavers improve to 6-7 overall and end the nonconference portion of their season. BSU is scheduled to open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play March 29-30 at Upper Iowa.
In game one Tuesday, BSU took a lead when Cole Bjorge scored on a wild pitch in the second inning, but Kansas Wesleyan (12-16) tied it up when Thomas Cunningham’s single in the third scored Drew Cratsenberg.
However, the Beavers broke the tie with three runs in the top of the seventh. Freshman Logan Riedel led off the inning and reached first on an error, then advanced to third on a sac bunt and ground out. Senior outfielder Chad Hanson drove in what proved to be the winning run with a double to left center.
The Coyotes then issued two straight walks to load the bases and senior catcher Zach Braun added two more insurance runs with a single up the middle.
BSU starter Mark Kosmalski had 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 entered the game in the fifth and didn’t allow a single Coyote hit in the fifth or sixth frames to set a tie game in the seventh.
He earned the win after keeping KWU off the board in the bottom of the inning.
In game two, KWU opened the scoring with a single run in the first before the Beavers tied it in the third. The Coyotes re-took the lead with single runs in the third and fourth, taking a 3-1 lead.
However, BSU tied the game with a two-run sixth — thanks mostly to a pair of Kansas Wesleyan errors. Braun scored on a Bjorge double, while he came across the plate on a freshman Jake Braun sacrifice fly to center field.
The Beavers scored the winning run in the eighth on Hanson’s RBI single.
Right-hander Jesse Katz started and went three innings with two runs allowed (both earned) on seven hits. Redshirt-sophomore Nate Heisick picked up the win (1-1) after pitching the sixth and seventh innings. He allowed just two hits and struck out one. Junior Drake Huggans earned his second save of the season after he didn’t allow a hit and fanned two batters in the eighth.