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College Baseball: Upper Iowa takes two from Bemidji State

BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State baseball team entered Wednesday's doubleheader against Upper Iowa as one of the hottest teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State baseball team entered Wednesday's doubleheader against Upper Iowa as one of the hottest teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The Beavers left with a pair of one-run losses.

Upper Iowa defeated Bemidji State 2-1 in Game 1 and 9-8 in Game 2.

The Beavers won six of the last seven games in conference play, which included victories against Winona State, the University of Mary and Northern State, but could not keep the momentum going in their first home game since April 5.

The Beavers (12-19-1 overall, 10-8 NSIC) stand at fifth place in the conference standings after the loss; Upper Iowa (21-23 overall, 17-7 NSIC) held second place.

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Up next for Bemidji State is a four-game series at Southwest Minnesota State University with doubleheaders scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Bemidji State will return home next Tuesday for a senior day doubleheader against Minnesota-Duluth beginning at 2 p.m.

Game 1 was a well-played pitcher's duel between Upper Iowa's Randy Seabrooke and Bemidji State's Ryan Bohannan, who each pitched a complete seven-inning game.

Upper Iowa won Game 1 in the fifth inning when TJ Johnson hit a two-run home run off Bohannan.

Bemidji State scored its only run in the bottom of the inning when Josh Juntunen scored off Nick Jelacie's single to center field.

Bohannan dropped to 2-2 this season with the loss. He gave up five hits, struck out one and walked one.

The lone walk was in the first inning to Nick Fjelland and he was the only Peacock runner to reach base in the first four innings.

In Game 2, Upper Iowa scored four runs in the first inning and the first six runs of the game to put Bemidji State into an early hole.

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BSU starter Kevin Morel (2-4) lasted two innings and gave up six earned runs on seven hits.

Three of the four Peacock runs in the first inning came on TJ Johnson's booming home run over the left field fence, giving Upper Iowa the 4-0 lead.

It was a difficult inning for the Beavers as shortstop Josh Silvernagel left the game with an injury following a hard collision with Justin Huether in shallow left field after the two chased down a fly ball.

Silvernagel laid on the field after the play and was attended to by medical staff, but would walk off the field on his own power.

Trailing 6-0, the Beavers mounted a comeback in the bottom of the second inning by scoring four runs on three hits off Upper Iowa starter Brad Mey.

Anthony Stoloski scored on Jelacie's single to put the Beavers on the board and Mike Wagner connected with a low pitch on an uppercut swing for a three-run home run.

The ball cleared the left field fence, scoring Jelacie and Ryan Bohannan to cut the Beavers' deficit to 6-4.

Stoloski hit a solo home run over the left field fence in the third, cutting the Beavers deficit to 6-5.

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It was as close as Bemidji State would get.

Chris Wlezien pitched the final four innings for the Peacocks for the win and gave up three runs on seven hits.

The Peacocks tacked on two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to extend its lead to 9-5.

Bemidji State scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the tying-run - J.J. Swalboski -- was stranded on third when Jelacie struck out to end the game.

Bemidji State scored its eight runs on 11 hits with Stoloski leading the way. The senior catcher was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Wagner was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored.

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

Y estromgren@bemidjipioneer.com

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