Bemidji senior pitcher Isaiah Biehn threw a five-inning perfect game to cap off the Lumberjacks’ sweep of Alexandria in 5-2 and 10-0 victories at the BSU Ballpark on Thursday afternoon, running Bemidji’s record to 10-0.
Game 1: Bemidji 5-2 Alexandria
The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 4-0 lead before working out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning to open the day with a win against the Cardinals.
With one run already in during the bottom of the first, Ben Corradi brought another home with an RBI double.
The Lumberjacks’ defense backed Aaron Heger’s pitching with several good plays in the field. Taking a bouncing infield grounder, Isaiah Biehn was able to fire a strike from shortstop to help retire another batter.
Two more runs came across for the Lumberjacks in the bottom of the second to build up a 4-0 lead, while Heger kept the Cardinals to just one solitary run in the third. The pitcher helped himself out by clouting a double deep to center field during the fifth inning.
On the next at bat, Corradi tagged another hit to bring Heger in and increase the lead to 5-1.
More good fielding emptied the bases in the top of the sixth when the Lumberjacks turned a double play to again shut down hope for the Cardinals’ offense.
Heger permitted an Alexandria run in the top of the seventh, exiting the game with the bases loaded and just one out. Brandon Lussier entered in relief, delivering back-to-back strikeouts to notch the save.
Corradi led the charge at the plate by going 3-for-3, while Lussier and Josh Nyberg each had two hits and Nyberg scored two runs.
Game 2: Bemidji 10-0 Alexandria (F/5)
With Parker Mistic behind the plate catching, Isaiah Biehn retired all 15 Alexandria batters faced without allowing a runner to keep Bemidji perfect through a perfect game.
Both teams went scoreless in the first inning before the Lumberjacks piled up five runs in each of the next two innings at the plate.
Six Cardinal errors helped contribute to Bemidji building the large lead, but the home team continued to consistently put balls in play as the runs started to come across.
More help came by way of a wild pitch that scored Biehn from third to cap off the first of the five-run innings.
Nyberg’s great day at the plate continued in game two, as he piled up three more hits–two of which were doubles.
Heger drilled another RBI hit during the run parade in the bottom of the third, increasing the lead to 9-0.
Meanwhile, Biehn had cruised through three innings of work and the 10-run lead suddenly had him even closer to completing the game with a perfect line. The senior retired the side in order once again in the fourth, capping the inning by adding another strikeout to his tally.
An infield pop-up in the following inning was the final out necessary to complete Biehn’s perfect five-inning evening of work on the mound.
In addition to the zeros for runs, hits, and walks, Biehn also hurled six strikeouts in the performance to further add on to what has been a remarkable start to his spring. In four games and 21 innings of pitching so far this season, he has permitted just one unearned run and five hits while walking just seven batters and striking out 27. He helped his own cause at the plate with two hits, two runs scored, and two more batted in.
Bemidji remains perfect as well, improving to 10-0 going into a home doubleheader with Grand Rapids on Monday at 4pm at the BSU Ballpark. Both games can be heard on KBUN-FM 104.5 and KBUN1 at kbunsportsradio.com.