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Bemidji State baseball: Beavers sweep Mankato for first time since 1963

MINNEAPOLIS - The Bemidji State baseball team accomplished something Wednesday night at the Metrodome that it has not done in 45 years - sweep Minnesota State University, Mankato in a doubleheader.

Bemidji State won 5-4 in Game 1. Ryan Bohannan went 3-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored to lift BSU past the Mavericks 4-2 in Game 2.

The last doubleheader sweep over the Mavericks for the Beavers came in Bemidji in April 1963.

The Game 1 victory was also the first over the Mavericks for the Beavers since 1978, ending a losing streak that had reached 10 games.

Bemidji State grabbed a 5-2 lead after five innings in Game 1, then fought off the Mavericks' rally.

Mankato scored twice in the top of the sixth and saw two batters reach second base in the seventh innings before falling 5-4 in the opener.

Justin Huether worked four innings allowing one run (zero earned) off two hits with a walk and a strikeout in his first start of the season.

Randy Amos came out of the bullpen to earn his third win of the season (3-1) working one inning and giving up just one run (one earned) off two hits with two strikeouts. Bohannan worked the final two innings for BSU and picked up his fourth save of the year.

Alex Messick led BSU at the plate going 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

In Game 2, BSU went ahead for good in the sixth when Colton Smith scored on a wild pitch to put the Beavers up 2-1 and Bohannan made it 3-1 when he scored Ryan Johnson on an RBI single.

BSU is off to its best start since the 2002 season when the Beavers were 9-5 through 14 games.

The Beavers (7-7; 0-0 NSIC) play today in the Heffington Optical Festival in Missouri.

The Beavers play Washburn at 11 a.m.