MINNEAPOLIS – Bemidji State continued its run of one-run games by splitting a non-conference doubleheader with No. 13 Minnesota State-Mankato on Tuesday at the Metrodome. Bemidji State won the first game 2-1 in 11 innings and lost the second 1-0. Five of the past six games in which the Beavers (2-6) have played have been decided by one run.
Minnesota State produced one run in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead in Game 1 as Stetson Olson came across on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Scott Lindner.
Bemidji State (2-6) scored in the top of the sixth and the top of the 11th off two mistakes by the MSU pitching staff. Zach Braun started the sixth with a double and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 1-1. BSU scored a run in the 11th with two outs on a pitch that hit Matt Ellinghuysen with the bases loaded and allowed Jaryd Marks to stroll across the plate for what would be the game-winning run.
The win against the nationally ranked Mavericks marked the first for BSU since defeating then-No. 8 St. Cloud State University 5-4 in a mid-week home game last season.
Marks went 2-for-5 in Game 1 to guide the Beavers’ eight hits, including a double to start the game-winning rally in the 11th. Right-hander Miles Campbell started for BSU and allowed the one earned run on five hits over six innings pitched. Logan Kalis (1-1) hurled the last four innings and allowed just two hits with six strikeouts.
MInnesota State right-hander Nick Sutherland (0-1) did not allow an earned run in five innings of relief but was tagged with the loss. Sutherland fanned five while allowing three hits and hitting two batters.
In Game 2, Marks (0-2) went the distance and gave up just one hit to MSU, but lost after giving up one earned run in the fourth after issuing walks to the first two batters of the frame. He fanned five batters in the loss. BSU scattered four hits in the game.
Minnesota State right-hander Jason Hoppe tossed six innings. He struck out five and scattered four hits while walking one to improve to 2-0 on the year. MSU (4-2) scored the game’s lone run in the top of the fourth inning when Linder drove in his second run of the twinbill with a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Parker Sullivan. Right-hander Mahlon Zimmermann retired the Beavers in order in the seventh inning to pick up his first save of the season.