BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State baseball team posted 3-1 and 7-6 victories over Minnesota-Duluth in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Saturday at the BSU Baseball Field.
The Beavers improved to 12-8 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The teams meet again today in Bemidji for two games starting at noon.
BSU got a game one victory behind the arm of junior left-hander Phil Bray and a three-run sixth inning. Game two was all BSU through six, as it opened a 6-1 lead. The Bulldogs came back and posted five runs between the seventh and eighth to knot the contest 6-6, but senior Juan Molero provided a bases-loaded, one-out sacrifice fly to center that plated the winning run.
Bray struggled in the top of the first of game one, as he allowed three straight hits and a run on a sacrifice fly.
But Bray settled in and allowed only two hits until a two-out single in the seventh. He fanned six batters and walked one in the game, en route to moving to 5-1 on the season with his second consecutive complete game.
BSU couldn't buy a hit off UMD pitcher Collin Stinogel and the Bulldog defense was strong behind their starter, as the Beavers failed to record a hit in the first five innings. The BSU bats finally came alive in the sixth, as the Beavers scored three runs on three hits.
Lead-off batter Trevor Purvis broke up the no-hitter with a single to left . A wild pitch advanced Purvis into scoring position and sophomore Chad Hanson delivered a double to left center that scored Purvis.
Junior Jaryd Marks extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double to right that plated Hanson for his team-leading 19th RBI. Heads-up base running by Marks got him to third on a foul out to right, and he scored on a wild pitch.
In the second game, Purvis and Logan Kalis hit solo home runs in the third inning of the second game, and the Beavers extended their lead to 6-1 with three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
With Marks in control on the mound. it looked like a clean sweep for BSU. But some timely hits and a couple of BSU errors alloed the Bulldogs to tie the game at 6-6 with three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Senior Kaleb Dingman replaced Marks with two men on base and got out of the eighth inning with a groundout.
Dingman was handed the ball in the ninth and held the Bulldogs off the scoreboard, but not without drama. UMD had runners on second and third with one out, but Dingman got a stikeout and a groundout to escape.
The top of the order came to bat for BSU in the ninth. After Purvis was called out on a close play at first, Kean Paxton drew a walk and Kalis ripped a double down the left- field line, sending Paxton to third. Duluth intentionally walked Marks to load the bases, and Molero ended things with his sacrifice fly.