The Bemidji State University baseball team split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) doubleheader with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at BSU Baseball Field.
Game 1 was never in doubt as BSU jumped out to a 11-0 lead through four innings of play to take the first game of the doubleheader, 13-2. Game 2 saw the Bulldogs use a seven run sixth to earn a split with a 13-5 victory.
Justin Huether helped lift the Beavers to a 13-2 victory in Game 1 of the weekend series with one of BSU's finest singe-game offensive performances of the season.
Huether went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and tied BSU's season single-game high with five RBI. He drove in four of his five RBI in the first three innings with a pair of singles and a double to help the Beavers push their lead to 11-0.
Huether's four-hit game led a group of five BSU hitters with more than one hit in the contest, and he was one of three Beavers to rack up more than one RBI in the blowout.
BSU senior pitcher Brent Vollbrecht scattered four hits in a seven-inning complete game victory for the Beavers.
He allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out two while allowing just one walk.
His complete-game performance was his team leading second complete game and lifted his record to 3-4 on the season.
Mark Shaver (1-3) lasted just two innings and took the loss for the Bulldogs.
Duluth grabbed the early lead in Game 2 with a solo home run from David Olson in the first inning.
UMD pushed their lead to 4-0 with a three-run second inning as the first three batters of the inning reached base for the Bulldogs. Josh Threlkeld delivered a two RBI triple to right field and then scored off a RBI sacrifice fly by Kyle Dahl.
BSU got on the board in the home half of the second inning with a two out rally. Ryan Bohannan started the rally by reaching first after being hit by a pitch. He then scored on a RBI single from P.J. McIntee to cut UMD's lead to 4-1.
Anthony Turk scored in the fourth to cut UMD's lead to 4-2 and his bases-clearing double off Josh Taran tied the game at 5-5. Turk came around to score on a ground out by McIntee to give BSU at 6-5 lead.
The Beavers momentum quickly shifted in favor the Bulldogs as UMD answered the Beavers with a seven-run inning to regain the lead, 11-5.
The first six UMD batters of the inning reached base.
Duluth added two more runs in the seventh.
Anthony Messick led BSU offensively in Game 2 with a pair of hits while seven other Beavers registered a hit in the game.
Ryan Sander started on the mound and took the loss for the Beavers. He allowed eight runs (eight earned) on nine hits with one strikeout and a walk in 5.0 innings of work. Jamieson, Amos and Bryan Buhr pitched in relief.
Bemidji State (12-27; 5-16 NSIC) and Minnesota Duluth (14-24; 6-12 NSIC) wrap up the four-game weekend series today with a double-header today at BSU Baseball Field. First pitch is set for noon.
Minn.-Duluth 000 010 1 - 2 4 2
Bemidji State 245 020 X - 13 15 1
Pitchers: Minn.-Duluth - Shaver, M.; Dahl, K.(3); Heggestad, B(6). Bemidji State - Vollbrecht, Brent. Win-Vollbrecht, Brent(3-4) Loss-Shaver, M.(1-3) T-1:50 A-82
Minn.-Duluth 130 007 2 - 13 16 0
Bemidji State 010 130 0 - 5 9 2
Pitchers: Minn.-Duluth - Stinogel, C.; Taran, J.(5); Foreman, J.(6). Bemidji State - Sander, Ryan; Jamieson, Bryan(6); Amos, Randy(6); Buhr, Bryan(7). Win-Taran, J.(1-1) Loss-Sander, Ryan(1-4) T-2:15 A-102
HR UMD - Olson, D. (9); Dahl, K. (1). Sander, R. faced 4 batters in the 6th. Jamieson, B. faced 3 batters in the 6th.