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Baseball: Bemidji State splits home opener against Winona State

Bemidji - In the first games played on BSU Baseball Field this season, the Bemidji State baseball team split an afternoon doubleheader against Winona State on Saturday.

Bemidji - In the first games played on BSU Baseball Field this season, the Bemidji State baseball team split an afternoon doubleheader against Winona State on Saturday.

Bemidji State lost to Winona State 9-2 in Game 1 and snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Warriors with a 5-3 win in Game 2. Both games were played in seven innings.

The games marked the home opener for Bemidji State, which began the season in February and played 20 straight games on the road entering the doubleheader.

The team had helped accelerate the field into playing condition over the last few weeks by shoveling snow and drying out the infield.

They might have some more work to do.

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Bemidji State is scheduled to take on the Warriors today in another doubleheader at noon, but forecasts called for around a foot of snow to fall between Saturday night and Sunday night.

The Beavers are scheduled to take on Jamestown in an afternoon doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday at BSU Baseball Field.

Bemidji State improved its record to 7-14-1 overall, 5-5 NSIC with its second win in three games.

Winona State's record stands at 12-9 overall and 7-5 in NSIC play.

The Warriors were able to win Game 1 by scoring eight runs before the Beavers could get on the scoreboard.

Winona State scored its nine runs in the game on 13 hits, hitting Bemidji State starter Ryan Bohannan seven times for six earned runs.

Bohannan struck out three, walked six and fell to 1-1 with the loss.

Ross Hillenbrand was credited with the win for the Warriors and improved to 2-1. He gave up three hits, struck out five and walked three in six innings of work.

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Bemidji State catcher Anthony Stoloski was 2-for-3 at the plate and shortstop J.J. Swalboski was 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

Swalboski scored Ryan Johnson and Colton Smith on a single to left field in the fifth inning for BSU's only runs of the game. Bemidji State trailed 8-2 at that point.

Winona State first baseman Andrew Kes was 3-for-4. He hit a 3-run home run over the left field fence in the third and finished with 5 RBIs in the game.

The Beavers won Game 2 by scoring four runs in the fourth inning.

BSU right fielder Ryan Bohannan scored Josh Juntunen and Anthony Stoloski on a single to right field to tie the game at 2-2.

BSU center fielder Justin Heuther put the Beavers up for good when his single to center scored Ryan Bohannan from third and Swalboski from second base.

Huether, who finished 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, scored P.J. McIntee in the sixth inning to put the Beavers up 5-3.

Casey Allar pitched all seven innings for the Beavers, giving up two earned runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked one for his first win of the season.

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Winona State starting pitcher Justin Kunferman gave up four earned runs on six hits and was credited with the loss.

Bemidji State scored its five runs on 11 hits.

Ryan Bohannan was 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs and one run scored. Swalboski was 2-for-3 with one run scored.

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