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The Bemidji Lumberjacks turned in their best outing of the young baseball season Tuesday, blanking Duluth East 8-0 at the BSU Stadium.

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It left both teams at 4-2 on the year.

The Jacks take to the road for their next three starts, heading to Detroit Lakes for a section test tomorrow and to Moorhead for another on Tuesday before playing at Fergus Falls May 5.

The next home game will come with Hibbing May 9.

Bemidji rode the strong pitching of Ross Olson and J.R. Parker with a 10-hit attack and errorless defense to win going away.

Three of the hits went for extra bases including a grand slam by Joe Lindseth that doubled the score in the fourth.

Olson and Parker combined for a three hitter, one by Olson, while fanning 13 and walking 3. Olson went the first five to get his second win.

The outcome of the game was probably decided within one inning.

In the last of the second starter Matt Cruschielski walked the first two batters. With one gone, Jeff Schaper singled to center to plate one run and a second followed as Jeff Andersen beat the relay throw to first on a force out at second.

Nate Brown followed with a towering fly to deep right which was misplayed into a three base hit and a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the third, Olson walked the eighth and ninth batters with one out. After fanning leadoff hitter Sam Patnoe for the second time, he gave up an infield single to Jake Kinney to load the bases.

But he got Chruschielski to line to short to end the frame and keep Bemidji three runs ahead.

From that point on, the Greyhounds had only three more base runners.

Bemidji put the game away in the fourth.

Joe Andersen singled to left with one out and Brown's second fly to deep right was misplayed again into a double.

The pair held as Tom Roetman grounded out. But Sam Anderson singled in one run and Dan Bauer reached when his third strike got loose at the plate to load the bases.

Lindseth unloaded them on a 2-0 pitch, clearing the left field fence just east of the silver screen.

Bemidji threatened again in the sixth when Bauer singled, reached third when Greg Skerik's single got loose in left field but overran third base and was run down.

It made no difference as Parker fanned the final three batters to end the game.

He ended with four strikeouts. Olson had nine.

"That's our best game this year," said coach Mike Fogelson. "We wanted to get an early lead and we did. We played errorless defense and never let Duluth get untracked."

Of the eight non-strikeout outs, only three balls reached the outfield with each outfielder making a relatively routine catch.

Skerik, named the school's Athlete of the Year one night earlier, broke out with three hits, two of them perfectly placed bunts. Brown had two. But Lindseth's lone hit was the major blow.

Anderson will get the start tomorrow with Sam Saccoman moving to right. Otherwise no changes in Tuesday's lineup are planned.

BEMIDJI (8) ab r h rbi e

Brown c f 4 1 2 1 0

Roetman lf 2 0 0 0 0

Saccoman lf 1 0 0 0 0

Anderson rf 4 1 1 1 0

Bauer ss 4 1 1 0 0

Lindseth c 3 2 1 4 0

Skerik 3b 3 1 3 0 0

Jensen 2b 3 0 0 0 0

Johnson 2b 0 0 0 0 0

Schaper 1b 3 0 1 1 0

Andersen dh 2 2 1 1 0

Olson p o o o o o

Parker p 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 29 8 10 8 0

DULUTH EAST (0) ab r h rbi e

Patnoe ss 3 0 0 0 0

Kinney 2b 3 0 2 0 1

Chruschielski p-1b 3 0 0 0 0

Perrault rf 2 0 0 0 0

Hockett c 2 0 0 0 0

Kuening c 1 0 0 0 0

Heggestad 1b 2 0 0 0 1

Mitchell 3b 1 0 1 0 0

Maida lf 1 0 0 0 0

Downing lf 2 0 0 0 1

Amundson 3b-p 2 0 0 0 0

Brinda cf 1 0 0 0 0

Erickson cf 1 0 0 0 0

Totals 24 0 3 0 3

2b-Brown; 3b-Brown; HR-Lindseth (1); SB-Kinney, Andersen; LOB: Bemidji 7; East 6; Umpires: Seaton and Countryman; Time 1:36

Duluth East 000-000-0---0-- 3--3

Bemidji 030-500-x---8--10--0

Pitching Record

Ip r er h so bb

Olson (2-0) 5 0 0 1 9 2

Parker 2 0 0 2 4 1

Chruschielski (L) 4 8 8 8 4 3

Amundson 2 0 0 2 1 1

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