Bemidji State baseball team sweeps Northern State for sixth straight victory
Strong pitching performances, opponent miscues and timely hits handed the Bemidji State baseball team a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader sweep of Northern State Friday at the BSU Baseball Field.
The Beavers won 4-2 and 12-2 (seven innings) and extended its winning streak to six games. The Beavers are now 15-18 on the season and 9-10 in NSIC?play.
NSU committed two errors in the first game and six errors in game two. BSU, which leads the NSIC in fielding percentage and ranks second in fewest errors, recorded its 10th and 11th error-free game.
After allowing two runs on two hits in the top of the first inning of game one, freshman right-hander Miles Campbell settled in and allowed just four hits the rest of the way to record his first-career complete game. He struck out five, walked one and improved to 2-0 this season
The Beaver bats responded in the bottom of the first inning with a two-spot of its own. BSU loaded the bases with one out for senior Joe Chism and he came through. After battling to a full count, Chism ripped the ball down the left field line, past a diving third baseman, plating senior outfielder Nick Jelacie from third and sophomore Logan Kalis from second.
The score remained tied 2-2 until the bottom of the fourth inning when Juan Molero and Lewis Baumann scored to give BSU a 4-2 lead.
The Beavers scored their four runs on six hits, getting production from six different batters.
Northern State errors and timely BSU hits guided the Beavers around the bases in game two.
BSU took a 2-0 lead after one inning on two hits and two errors in the frame. NSU tied the game 2-2 in the top of the third inning, but in the bottom half the home team tallied five runs on five hits with one Wolves error.
Included in the inning was Ellinghuysen's third homerun of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence with two outs.
BSU added one run in the fourth inning and two in the sixth inning on a pair of hits and three wild pitches.
BSU needed two in the bottom of the seventh to end the contest early and got it, again with the help of the NSU defense which started the inning on an error.
Sophomore Ryan Van Someren threw seven complete innings to improve to 1-2 on the season. He allowed the two runs on six hits, struck out five batters and walked one. The complete game is the first of his young career.
Senior Colton Smith went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Freshman Zach Braun also produced three hits, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Kalis and Molero each tallied two hits and two runs scored, while Molero scored once.
The Beavers and Wolves are scheduled to finish the four-game series Saturday with a noon start at BSU Baseball Field.
Northern State...... 200 000 0 - 2 6 2
Bemidji State....... 200 200 X - 4 6 0
WP-Campbell (2-0), LP- Bestland (0-4)
Northern State...... 002 000 0 - 2 6 6
Bemidji State....... 205 102 2 - 12 12 0
WP- Van Someren (2-0), LP-Masching 0-4