LUBBOCK, Texas (Hays Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team was in another spot to rally Monday against No. 10 Lubbock Christian University, but the comeback fell just short in a 10-9 loss at Hays Field. Right fielder Scott Litchy hit his third home run of the season to add three RBI for the Beavers (2-11, 0-0 NSIC) against the Chaps (15-5).
The Beavers began their rally against the No. 10 Chaps after allowing three runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Starting pitcher Ryan Fransen followed the next three innings by stranding three runners and allowing three hits for LCU.
Litchy sparked BSU’s scoring with a solo homer sent past the right field wall in the top of the second. His team-leading third home run of the season brought the Beavers within two runs. Two-out hitting rewarded BSU in the top of the fifth inning as four runs crossed the plate. The Beavers hit three consecutive singles to bring in the go-ahead score, capped off by second baseman Duane Miller’s seventh RBI of the season. Litchy added his third RBI of the day while first baseman Mason Bellew drove in the final run to push the lead to 7-3.
Left fielder Terry Hadden made the most of his first hit of the season, driving in one run on a double to the gap in left center. After a five-run inning by the Chaps in the bottom of the seventh, a lead-off double by short stop Collin Eckman set up a sacrifice fly to bring the Beavers within one, 10-9.
Fransen (0-2) left with the lead after 6.0 innings pitched and three strikeouts, but came away with no decision in the game. Relief pitcher Michael Herd (0-1) took the loss while Ben Boser made his fourth appearance on the mound.
Bemidji State heads to Alva, Okla., for a 6 p.m. game time against Northwestern Oklahoma State University tomorrow. The Beavers and Riders will begin a two-game series with the series finale Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).