Beavers split with Huskies
BEMIDJI -- Thanks to a walk-off single from Dylan Webb, the Bemidji State baseball team earned a split with No. 8 St. Cloud State Wednesday at the BSU baseball field.
"Splitting with those guys makes us feel pretty good," Bemidji State head coach Tim Bellew said. "They are not a top 10-ranked team in the nation for nothing. They are strong all the way through the lineup and have plenty of guys in the bullpen that can throw."
St. Cloud took the nightcap 12-5.
The Beavers overcame a four-run deficit in the final two innings to win the first game in dramatic fashion.
"We have been working on late-game situations a lot in practice lately," Webb said. "We were pretty prepared for that. I just tried to get the barrel on the ball, and luckily I was able to do that."
After five innings without a run, BSU took advantage of a pair of St. Cloud errors to score three runs while only getting one hit.
"I liked the way we battled today," Bellew said. "I am not too sure this team is going to win a lot of games pretty; we're going to have to win ugly."
Phil Bray came in to work the Beavers out of a jam in the seventh inning and kept the score at 4-3.
Travis Purvis and Jaryd Marks each singled and the Beavers had runners on the corners with two outs.
Mauricio Gomez delivered with a single to right field to tie the game. Webb followed by landing a bloop single in short left field to score Juan Molero and the Beaver bench emptied to celebrate the 5-4 win at home plate.
"That was huge," Bellew said. "My heart rate jumped probably about twice as high as it should normally be at. We really needed that. We struggled against Upper Iowa last weekend, so we really needed one win today."
Bray (7-1) was the winning pitcher for the Beavers. He pitched the one inning in relief and struck out one. Marks started for BSU, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked six.
Scott Lieser (6-3) took the loss for the Huskies. He allowed two runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. Starting pitcher Kyle Fischer tossed five shutout innings, allowing four hits while striking out six.
St. Cloud (23-8, 8-4 NSIC) scored the first six runs of the second game to build a 6-0 lead.
"The bats did not come around until the end of the game," Webb said. "They hit the ball, and we didn't. It was nice to battle back, but we couldn't quite make it all the way back."
After falling behind 8-2,BSU pounded out three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning but left the tying run at the plate.
With an 8-5 lead heading into the final inning, the Huskies added four more insurance runs.
Ross Stein (0-1) took the loss for BSU, allowing six runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. He walked four and struck out two.
Shawn Riesgraf (5-0) picked up the win for the Huskies. He allowed two runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Bemidji State (14-14, 7-7 NSIC) returns to the diamond this weekend for a pair of home doubleheaders with Augustana. Games on both Friday and Saturday are scheduled to start at noon and 2 p.m.