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Bemidji St. splits doubleheader

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MINNEAPOLIS – The Bemidji State University baseball team found its offense Saturday as it defeated Sioux Falls 8-1 to earn a split of the doubleheader at the Metrodome.

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BSU lost the opener 2-1 and finished 1-3 at the weekend’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Metrodome Classic.

In Saturday’s first game the Cougars (1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a triple and a single.

The Beavers answered in the third as Chad Hanson’s double down the left field line and Zach Braun’s single combined for the tying run.

Beaver pitcher Jaryd Marks allowed only five hits in 6.1 innings of work but two of them came in the seventh when Sioux Falls scored the eventual winning run.

Marks fanned a career-high eight batters.

BSU’s offense managed only six hits, two of them by Braun.

In Saturday’s rematch Bemidji State’s bats came alive as the Beavers pounded 13 hits. Joey Hankowski, Logan Kalis and Lewis Baumann each contributed three hits.

Kalis plated Braun in the first inning and Cody Jenkins set up a 2-run second inning with a single.

Jenkins doubled to open the fourth and the hit led to two more BSU runs.

BSU pitcher Miles Campbell didn’t allow a hit through three innings and tossed five innings of shutout ball.

The Beavers return to the Metrodome Feb. 21 for a doubleheader against Wayne State beginning at 9:15 p.m.

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