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Bemidji State baseball: Beavers sweep Mavericks to split series Metrodome series

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Bemidji State baseball team closed out a four-game series with Minnesota State University, Mankato with a doubleheader sweep Wednesday afternoon at the Metrodome.

The Beavers won by scores of 4-3 and 5-1.

"Our pitching and defense was good all series, then we really started hitting today," BSU head coach Tim Bellew said. "The wins showed that we can play with anybody as long as we are consistent. Hopefully today is a step forward."

Bemidji State improved its record to 9-7 with the win while the Mavericks fell to 6-3.

Joe Chism led the Beavers at the plate in Game 1 and was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Dan Bennett scored a pair of runs.

Logan Kalis improved to 2-1 on the season by allowing one earned run on five hits over five innings of work. He struck out six and walked three.

Dan Bauer picked up his first save of the season by shutting down the Mavericks in the top of the seventh.

Ryan Anderson had a strong collegiate debut on the mound for the Beavers in the second victory. He earned the win by allowing one earned run on three hits through five innings of work. Anderson struck out four and walked two.

Ethan Branum and Bauer pitched an inning of relief to seal the win.

Bauer led BSU at the plate in the second game and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Lucas Bauman was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.

The wins ended the Metrodome season for the Beavers.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team is ranked ninth in the March 2 edition of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Central Regional poll.

The poll was released prior to the four-game set against Mankato, which stands at No. 2 in the poll.