BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bemidji State baseball team split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Wednesday against University of Mary.
The Beavers (18-11, 11-15 NSIC) fell in game one 7-4 before posting a 6-5 game two victory.
In game one, the Beavers found themselves down 3-0 after two innings and 6-1 through three frames, getting the one run in the third on a single by Tyler Nelson that plated Kean Paxton.
Junior left-hander Phil Bray started the first game for BSU and allowed the seventh run in the fourth before exiting the game. He allowed the seven runs (five earned) on eight hits.
Facing a 7-1 deficit the Beavers produced a three-run fifth to cut the U-Mary lead to 7-4. All three runs were scored with two outs.
Jaryd Marks came through with a single through the right side that scored Paxton from third and Chad Hanson from second. Logan Kalis then crossed the plate on a Mauricio Gomez base hit.
BSU couldn't find any more runs in the final two innings and left three of its eight runners on base in the sixth and seventh to fall 7-4.
Ryan Anderson allowed one hit in 2 2/3 innings of relief work with three strikeouts.
Marks went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Paxton posted a 2-for-4 performance with two runs scored.
Game two tilted towards the Beavers early, as the road team posted a four-run third with a bases-clearing triple from Kalis.
BSU added one more in the top of the fourth for a 5-0 advantage, but the momentum didn't last long. The Marauders tallied four in the bottom of the fourth to trail 5-4, which included lead-off error by BSU and a three-RBI triple from U-Mary's Steven Pletan.
The Beavers got one back in the top of the fifth when Gomez scored off the bat of junior Trevor Purvis.
BSU rode a 6-4 lead to the eighth where the Marauders scored one to cut the deficit in half heading into the decisive ninth inning.
Kalis pitched a quick 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season.
Marks started on the bump for the Beavers and threw seven innings with seven strikeouts. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with one walk.
Lewis Baumann led BSU, who had 12 hits in game two. He went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored. Kalis started the game at first and went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and a run scored.
With 10 games remaining, the Beavers have an opportunity to reach 20 wins for the sixth time in program history and be the first squad since the 1997 team went 22-22.
The Beavers open a six-game homestand to close their home schedule this weekend when Winona State University visits Bemidji.