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Bemidji State baseball: Beavers drop 3 of 4 in home debut

Bemidji State's Joe Chism, right, celebrates his home run to lead off the first inning of Monday's opening game against Wayne State at the BSU Baseball Field. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

The Bemidji State University baseball squad lost to Wayne State 11-9 and 19-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series finale Monday at the BSU Baseball Field.

The Beavers move to 10-11 overall and 1-3 in the NSIC. The doubleheader losses closed a four-game set that opened the home and conference schedule for the Beavers. The teams split a pair of games Sunday.

In Monday's opener, the Beavers and Wildcats took advantage of a strong wind blowing out to left field to produce four home runs, three of which that came off the bats of BSU players.

Joe Chism, Nick Jelacie and Dan Bennett homered for the Beavers, but Wayne State broke a 9-9 tie with two runs in the top of the ninth and held off BSU in the bottom of the frame to pick up the win.

Monday's second game was all Wildcats. They took a 5-0 lead after two innings, added seven runs in the third and were ahead 19-2 after five.

The Beavers got their only two runs on a huge home run by junior Dan Bauer.

BSU hosts NSIC foe Augustana College in a four-game set Satuday and Sunday at the BSU Baseball Field with both doubleheaders starting at 12 noon.

Sunday's games

Bemidji State scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 7-6 nightcap win to earn a split with Wayne State.

The Beavers lost the first game 15-2.

The Beavers had their heads low entering the bottom of the sixth inning of the second game trailing 5-1. But a throwing error by the Wildcats put junior outfielder Nick Jelacie on second to lead off the inning.

After Bauer singled, Jeff Schaper hit a three-run homer to make it 5-4. Ryan Guy walked, moved to second on Leweis Bauman's bunt and went to third on Riley Hirsch's single. Hirsch stole second, and both runners scored on a single by Joe Chism to give BSU a 6-5 lead. Josh Silvernagel's double moved Chism to third, and Colton Smith's sacrifice fly gave the Beavers an insurance run.

Wayne came back to get one run off Bauer in the top of the seventh, but stranded a runner in scoring position when Jelacie caught a line-drive to end the game.

Wayne jumped out to a 9-0 lead after three innings in the opener and it was 15-0 before Silvernagel hit a two-run homer for BSU's only runs.