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BSU splits with Northern State, keeps playoff hopes alive

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The Bemidji State baseball team fell 13-5 in game one of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Saturday at Northern State, but rebounded for a 11-9 game two win for an important split to keep playoff hopes alive.

With a 15-19 NSIC record (22-26 overall), the Beavers need to win twice Sunday to have a chance at finishing in the top six in the league standings and make the conference playoffs.

First pitch for today's doubleheader is slated for noon at Northern State.

In addition to the wins, BSU will also need Upper Iowa University to lose twice at home to No. 6 Minnesota State, Mankato, and Minnesota Duluth to lose one of its two games at home against University of Mary.

Junior left-hander Phil Bray suffered the loss in game one after allowing six runs on two hits in three innings. He fanned eight batters to tie a season-high.

Mauricio Gomez finished the game 3-for-3 with two runs scored, and Trevor Purvis was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a run to combine for five of the Beavers' seven hits in the game.

In game two, the Beavers trailed 8-2 early and needed a comeback to take the lead in a three-run eighth inning.

Jaryd Marks plated Zach Braun with a single in the eighth to tie the game 8-8, then Gomez laced a shot to right center to score both Marks and Logan Kalis to hand the Beavers a 10-8 advantage.

Braun added an insurance run in the ninth with a two-out single to right that scored Baumann from third to hand the Beavers a 11-8 lead into the bottom half.

NSU scored once to make it 11-9, but sophomore right-hander Miles Campbell was able to keep the runners on second and third from scoring to earn his first save of the season.

Campbell hurled the final two innings and allowed one run on four hits.

Junior Ryan Brezinski earned his first win of the season after throwing 2 1/3 innings of relief and allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts.

Lewis Baumann posted a four hit game with a 4-for-5 and two run line in game two, while Braun also contributed four hits, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a runs scored. Marks went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.