BSU, Winona combine for 65 runs, split twinbill
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State and Winona State combined to hit 14 home runs and 65 total runs Saturday, splitting their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at the BSU Baseball Field.
The Beavers (19-23, 12-16 NSIC) tallied six of those 14 homers in game two, en route to a 23-12 eight-inning victory that earned them a split with the Warriors (24-17, 19-11) after falling 21-9 in game one.
Sophomore Zach Braun hit three home runs in the second game, on consecutive at-bats, and sophomore Dylan Webb launched two bombs to go 4-for-6 with a season-best seven RBIs and four runs scored.
Junior Lewis Baumann ended the second game a grand slam to finish his day 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored.
Braun posted a 5-for-6 game, driving in five runs and scoring four times. His three home runs and 14 total bases ties the NSIC record this season.
In the end, the Beavers totaled 22 hits and 21 RBIs in game two.
Ryan Van Someren earned the win in the second game after coming into the game in the second inning. He ended up hurling seven innings in relief and allowed four runs on nine hits with five walks and four strikeouts.
Game two didn't start so well for the Beavers, as the Warriors scored five in the first and four in the second to go up 9-0.
Kaleb Dingman was the victim of the Winona State bats, as he exited the game in the second after allowing eight earned runs on seven hits.
The Beavers got on the board in the third, scoring twice on a wild pitch, an error and a Jaryd Marks single.
Their eight-run fourth, however, broke the game open, handing them a 10-9 lead.
The inning started with two walks before Trevor Purvis laced a double to plate both runners. Braun hit his first home run in the game over the left field wall to make it 9-6.
Mauricio Gomez hit a double to score another run, then Webb lifted a 1-0 pitch to left for a three-run bomb to hand BSU a 10-9 lead.
The lead didn't last long, as Winona State hit a first-pitch home run in the fifth to tie the game and added another in the frame to take an 11-10 lead.
But Braun responded with his second homer to leadoff the bottom half of the inning, and Webb capped the inning with another three-run shot to left center that bounced off the top of the wall and over for his second longball.
The fortunate bounce gave BSU a 14-11 lead that would eventually be enough to earn the victory.
Everyone that batted got a hit for BSU in game two.
Game one was a different story. Before the Beavers even got to bat, the Warriors were leading 6-0 on two three-run homers in the first. WSU picked-up where it left off in the second as Cody Strang lifted his second three-run shot of the day over the outfield fence for a 9-0 lead that went to 11-0 before the top of the second was over.
The Beavers got three back in the bottom of the second. The first two runs were scored on a two-out error by WSU shortstop Seth McMullen off the bat of junior Riley Hirsch. Junior Logan Kalis then delivered a single to the gap between short and third to plate sophomore Chad Hanson for the third run of the inning.
BSU scored twice in the bottom of the third on a two-out double down the left field line by sophomore Kean Paxton
The score went to 12-5 in the top of the fourth on a lead-off, first pitch homer to left by Derek Wojcik - his second and the team's fourth of the day. A two-run fifth for the Warriors handed the road team a 14-5 lead.
Both teams scored twice in the fifth for the scoreboard to read 14-7, but the Warriors doubled-up the lead with a seven-run sixth to open the 21-7 advantage.
Junior Ryan Anderson started on the bump for BSU in game one and allowed the three three-run shots to total nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits against 11 batters.
BSU allowed 20 hits, but recorded 13 of its own. Five players recorded two-hit games.
The two teams will be back at it again today for another doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon at BSU.