Bemidji blanks Hibbing 8-0
BEMIDJI - After having nearly a week off, the Bemidji baseball team showed no signs of rust in Wednesday's game against Hibbing.
In fact, the Lumberjacks continued to do what they've been doing all year -- pitch well and tee off on opposing pitchers.
The end result was an 8-0 victory at the BSU diamond, improving the Lumberjacks' record to 12-1 and continuing their 10-game winning streak.
"It was a pretty straightforward game," Bemidji head coach Mike Fogelson said. "We just did the same things we've been doing."
Bemidji starter Cody Jenkins picked up the win, throwing five innings of two-hit ball, and relievers Collin Leif and Mitchell Hendricks combined to throw the last two innings of scoreless, hitless ball.
Leif also starred at the plate for the Lumberjacks, going 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and a walk.
"Jenkins did a real nice job on the mound," Fogelson said. "We played good defense behind him, the sticks were swinging. Everything was in good order."
Jenkins got himself into trouble twice in the game, but also got himself out of it both times.
In the first inning he walked two -- including leadoff hitter Chris Hanson -- to put two on with only one out, but came back to strike out the Bluejackets' cleanup hitter Sage Hopke.
Derek Abrahamson popped out harmlessly to shortstop to end the threat, and the Lumberjacks went on to take the 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning.
The Bemidji starter also loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth inning, giving up the game's only two hits, but forced a groundout from Hibbing's Dillon Hooper to end that threat.
"He did a nice job getting himself out of there both times," Fogelson said.
If holding the Bluejackets (5-4) scoreless wasn't enough, Jenkins also gave the Lumberjacks the first-inning lead they didn't relinquish.
He hit a screaming double to the fence in left field that scored Hendricks and Leif. Then Mason Bellew hit another double to the same spot, scoring Jenkins and making it 3-0.
Bemidji tacked on three more in the third, all the result of three consecutive singles the Lumberjacks hit off Hibbing pitcher Connor Perry.
Leif and Cody Rutledge drove in the final two runs of the game in the fourth inning, and the Bemidji pitching staff did the rest.
"Our pitchers obviously were in charge," Fogelson said. "When you shut a team out, that's your first goal. They did a great job."
Aside from Leif's 3-for-3 afternoon, Hendricks went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Bellew had two hits and Connor McNallan, Rutledge, Nick Connor and Sam Dwyer all singled to give the Lumberjacks 12 hits.
Bemidji returns to the field 4:30 p.m. today for a game against Thief River Falls.
Bemidji 8, Hibbing 0
Hibbing 000 000 0 - 0 2 2
Bemidji 303 200 x - 8 12 1
Perry (L), Coombe (6) and Rower. K-6, BB-1
Jenkins (W), Leif (6), Hendricks (7) and Leif, Sweep (6), Leif (7) K-9. BB-5