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Bemidji St. baseball team extends winning streak to five games

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Bemidji State University closed its spring trip to Arizona with a 16-3 victory against Macalester College Sunday to record its fifth consecutive win and post a 5-1 record at the Tucson Invitational Games.

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The Beavers scored five runs on four hits in the first inning and never looked back. After loading the bases with no one out, Logan Kalis drove in Chad Hanson with a sacrifice fly to center. The next batter walked and that set up a Cole Bjorge’s single that plated Trevor Purvis and Riley Hirsch.

The lead went to 5-0 after a Jack Hegarty double to left which plated Zach Braun and Bjorge.

The lead would be enough for BSU starting pitcher Ryan Brezinski as he allowed single runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings. He threw five innings in his third-career start for the Beavers and gave-up the three earned runs on eight hits, while fanning four batters and issuing one free pass.

Matt Ellinghuysen’s double scored two in the third to increase BSU’s lead to 7-1. The score was 7-3 through five but another five-run inning in the sixth by the Beavers pushed the margin to 12-3. The inning was highlighted by two BSU triples. The first by Kalis scored Purvis for the first run of the inning while Lewis Baumann recorded his first three-bagger of the season to plate Hegarty for the final run of the frame.

Hegarty reached after posting his second, two-RBI double of the game.

Four more runs in the seventh by Bemidji State pushed the lead 16-3. Hegarty added his third double of the game that plated Braun. Baumann also contribute a double in the inning that scored Hegarty.

BSU recorded 17 hits and struck out just once. Every starter posted at least one hit while Hegarty went 3-for-3 with five RBI, three runs scored and a walk. The seven-through-nine hitters (Hegarty, Ellinghuysen and Baumann) went a combined 6-for-11 with 10 RBI and four runs scored.

BSU now turns its attention to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule as the team travels to Winona State March 23-24 for a four-game league series. The series will feature a pair of doubleheaders with noon starts.

NOTE: Baumann was named the NSIC Player of the Week. During the six games in Tucson Baumann had a .583 batting average and ripped 14 hits in 24 official at-bats. His hits included four doubles, two home runs and a triple. Baumann also scored eight runs and drove in eight more.

Softball

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – The Bemidji State University softball team swept a doubleheader against Gallaudet University of Washington D.C. Sunday.

The games were the final two non-exhibition contests of the spring trip to Florida for the Beavers.

The Bison entered the day with an unblemished 8-0 record but BSU won by scores of 22-0 and 8-0. The Beavers completed their non-conference schedule with a 6-11 record. The Beavers will finish their spring training trip with a 4-5 record.

In Sunday’s opener pitcher Kelsey Saralampi went the distance, tossing her second shutout of the trip to up her record to 4-4. At the plate, Cassie MacArthur and Nicole Dupay both hit their first collegiate home runs.

MacArthur and Lyndsey Peterson each drove home four runs and Molly Arola scored five runs and went 4-for-4 with one RBI.

Allie Duellman was BSU’s starting pitcher in the second game and was supported by seven first-inning runs. Dupay and Mikayla Osterman each had two RBI.

Duellman, who racked up five strikeouts and earned the win, came out after two frames and Lyndsey Peterson and Allison Roberts finished.

BSU opens Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play March 26 with a doubleheader at Crookston. The Beavers’ first home games will be April 6 against Wayne State.

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