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BSU splits two with Southwest State

Minnetonka, Minn. (Veterans Field) -- The Bemidji State baseball team split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference double-header with the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs Monday afternoon at Veterans Field in Minnetonka.

Minnetonka, Minn. (Veterans Field) -- The Bemidji State baseball team split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference double-header with the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs Monday afternoon at Veterans Field in Minnetonka.

The Beaver bats were stifled in Game 1 as SMSU's Adam Schrader scattered five Beaver hits to pick a 3-1 decision. In Game 2 the Beavers got a three-RBI game from third baseman Colton Smith to lift BSU to a 4-3 win in the nightcap.

Southwest Minnesota State jumped out to an early 2-0 first inning lead in Game 1. The Mustangs second batter of the game, Josh Nolan, hit his fifth home run of the season to get things started for the Mustangs. Jake Munsch pushed the Mustangs lead to two as he produced a two-out RBI single to left field.

The Beavers were held to just one hit through the first four innings of play and had just two base runners. BSU mounted a threat in the fifth when Josh Juntunen picked up his second hit of the game to lead off the inning. Juntunen advanced to second when Mike Wagner was hit by a pitch. Nick Jelacie loaded the bases with a single to left field. The Beavers left the bases loaded as Schrader shut the door on the rally by sitting down the next two batters to get out of the jam.

SMSU pushed its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with one out. Andrew Kinney drove in his team leading 33rd RBI with a single to right field but that was all the Mustangs would be able to plate in the inning.

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The Beavers lone run came in the seventh inning off the bat of Tony Samuelson. In a pinch hit appearance Samuelson hit his first home run of the season to right field to break up the shut out, but that was all the scoring BSU would get and the Beavers fell 3-1 in Game 1.

Kevin Morel fell to 2-5 on the season as he worked 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (three earned) off eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Randy Amos worked a third of an inning in the loss.

Schrader picked up his third win of the season, working 6.2 innings and allowing one run (one earned) off five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Brandon Wilhelmi picked up his fourth save of the season, working just a third of an inning.

Juntunen led the Beavers at the plate going 2-for-2.

Game Two

Game 2 saw the Mustangs jump out to a 2-0 first inning lead again. With two outs the Mustangs strung together three straight singles, driving in two runs. Andrew Kinney drove in the first run for SMSU while Jake Munsch platted the second with a RBI single to left field.

The Beavers took advantage of an error by Southwest Minnesota State Mustang shortstop Lex Reinke to close the lead to one run in the third inning. Shaun Corbett led off the inning by reaching on an error and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by J.J. Swalbowski.

Corbett came around to score off Rich Bohannan's two-out RBI single to center field, Bohannan's fifteenth RBI of the season.

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The Beavers grabbed a 4-2 lead with a three-run fifth. Freshman Colton Smith provided the lift for the Beavers as he laced a three-RBI home run over the left field wall to give BSU its first lead of the day, a lead the Beavers would not relinquish.

The home run was Smith's first of the season and first of his career.

SMSU closed the Beaver lead to one in the sixth as Lex Reinke led the inning off with his third home run of the season to bring the Mustangs to within 4-3.

That was as close as the Mustangs got as BSU relief pitcher Ryan Bohannan sent SMSU down in order in the seventh helping BSU secure the 4-3 win.

Both teams had strong performances from their starting pitchers. Casey Allar picked up his third straight win, improving to 3-2 on the season working five innings allowing two runs (two earned) with four strikeouts and three walks.

Bohannan picked up his second save of the season allowing one run (one earned) with two strikeouts.

Jared Pick surrendered his first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 in a complete game performance. Pick allowed four runs (three earned) off six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Huether and Smith each went 2-for-3 in the contest, accounting for four of BSU's six hits.

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With the split the Beavers improved to 13-20-1 overall and 11-9 in the NSIC. The Beavers 11 conference wins is the most since 2004 when BSU finished the conference season 11-17.

The Beavers are back in action Wednesday with a NSIC twinbill versus the University of Mary at the BSU Baseball Field.

First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Central time.

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