Season ends for Beavers
The Bemidji State University baseball team closed its 2011 season with 16-5 and 10-7 losses to No. 9-ranked Minnesota State (39-8, 31-3 NSIC) Sunday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader. The games, which were played in Bemidji, also closed the playing careers of nine senior student-athletes.
The Beavers (18-29, 12-21 NSIC) held small early leads in both contests but couldn't find a way to end MSU's school-record 27-game winning streak. All nine seniors saw the field in the losses. BSU ended the season with 18 overall wins, the most under head coach Tim Bellew and the most since the 2002 team went 19-11 overall and 12-2 in the NSIC.
In game one the Beavers scored two runs in the second and three in the third to own a 5-2 lead. Four of the five runs came off home runs, a two-run bomb from Juan Molero in the second and a two-run blast from Zach Braun in the third. Molero drove in the other run for BSU in the third as the squad produced the three runs on four hits.
It was all MSU after that, however, as the Mavericks got one in the fourth and then posted an eight-run fifth to own an 11-5 advantage. A five-spot in the seventh made the final score 16-5.
BSU had four errors in the game.
The Beavers scored their five runs on 10 hits. Molero was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Nick Jelacie was 2-for-3 and Brian Murphy posted his third three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Ryan Sander started and took the loss while Bryan Jamieson and Ryan Guy came on in relief.
In Sunday's second game Logan Kalis gave BSU a 2-0 lead with a round-tripper in the opening inning. The Mavericks responded with single runs in the third and fourth innings but Murphy doubled and Brian Ahlers singles in the lower fourth to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead.
MSU took control in the fifth, however, as the visitors scored seven runs.
Bemidji State closed the gap to 10-7 with single runs in the sixth and seventh and two in the eighth.
Joe Chism provided the sixth-inning tally with a home run.
The Beavers had 11 hits with Murphy, Chism and Baumann each collecting a pair.
Ryan Gebur was the losing pitcher.
MSU 020 180 5 - 16 16 1
BSU 023 000 0 - 5 10 4
Putz, Kincaid (W) (4), Vedders (7) and Helget. K-6, BB-1
Sander (L), Jamieson (5), Guy (7) and Chism. K-4, BB-4
MSU 001 171 000 - 10 15 2
BSU 200 101 120 - 7 11 1
Larson, Hoppe (W) (5), Ockuly (7), Krause (8), Zimmermann (9) and Helget. K-3, BB-2
Gebur (L), Rothing (5), Guy (9) and Hirsch. K-3, BB-6