The Bemidji State baseball team (6-4) split a double-header at Wayne State last Saturday.
In the first game, Wayne State attacked sophomore pitcher Ryan Anderson with a four-run second inning to grab an early lead.
Junior third baseman Mauricio Gomez drove in a pair of runs with a double to the gap in the top half of the fourth inning. The Beavers still trailed 4-2 after three and a half innings of play.
Anderson (0-2) struggled again in the fourth. He surrendered three runs and failed to escape the inning. In 3.2 innings of work, he allowed 7 runs on 8 hits. He struck out six batters. The Wildcats led 7-2 after four innings.
In the next half inning, sophomore shortstop Lewis Baumann hit his second home run the year and the Beavers scored 3 runs to cut the Wildcat lead to 7-5.
Wayne State tacked on 2 more runs in the fifth and BSU failed to score again. Wayne State prevailed with a 9-5 victory.
In the second game, Wayne State wasted no time to grab an early lead. It scored 3 runs off of freshman pitcher Miles Campbell in the bottom half of the first.
BSU answered with a two-run homer from sophomore third baseman Matt Ellinghuysen. The homer was Ellinghuysen’s first of his career and WSC led 3-2 after an inning and a half. Ellinghuysen finished with a career-high 3 hits.
The Wildcats struck for 5 more runs in the bottom half and held an 8-2 lead after two innings.
The Beavers took advantage of a Wildcat error in the third and scored a pair of runs on just one hit. BSU tacked on another run in the fourth, thanks to an RBI single from junior second baseman Matt Baier.
After three and a half innings of play, the Wildcats led the Beavers 8-5.
Wayne got a two-run homer off of Campbell to push the lead back up to 5 runs after four innings. Campbell got off the hook with a no decision after allowing 10 runs on 10 hits in just four innings of work. He struck out five and walked three.
Bemidji scored a pair of runs in the fifth and senior pitcher Ryan Guy (1-0) pitched a pair of scoreless innings, but the Beavers still trailed 10-7 going into the final inning of play.
After scoring a run, BSU was down to its final and freshman catcher Zach Braun and senior designated hitter Cody Bergquist singled to make the score 10-9. Then, BSU scored a pair of runs on wild pitches to take an 11-10 lead and sinch the victory.
Sophomore Ryan Brezinski pitched a scoreless seventh to save the game for the Beavers.
The BSU baseball team plans to begin its home season on April 9 against Concordia-St. Paul.