ALVA, Okla. (Myers Stadium) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team kept pace with Northwestern Oklahoma State University Wednesday, but every score was matched in a 14-9 loss at Myers Stadium. The Beavers (3-12, 0-0 NSIC) put up runs every other inning against the Rangers (9-17) to finish the series with a split.
An odd sequence of events led to the Beavers’ second consecutive day with a first inning run, as senior Tyler Nelson was at the plate. He hit a ground ball towards the shortstop, who then tried to tag Nick Hovila on the base path but was ruled to not have touched made contact. After Nelson reached first safely, Hovila took advantage of a sleeping NWOSU infield and practically walked to home for the run.
The Rangers also put up runs in the first inning and continued to produce runs in six of the first seven innings, totaling 14 by the end of the seventh inning. NWOSU left five runners on base during the span as well.
BSU cut into the lead with a two-run third inning and a three-run fifth. Junior Duane Miller recorded one RBI in each inning while senior Steven Prichard added two in the fifth. The Beavers were gifted a bases loaded walk in the seventh before two additional runs crossed the plate. After closing the gap multiple times, the Beavers were not able to make a full comeback as the Rangers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Luke Benge (0-1) is recorded with the loss after throwing 2.0 innings. Nelson extended his hit streak to 13 games while finishing 3-of-5 with one RBI and a double. Prichard went 2-of-4 with two RBIs and one walk.
Bemidji State closes out its spring trip schedule at William Jewell College Thursday at 2 p.m. The Beavers and Cardinals face off for the fourth time this season from Talley Baseball Stadium.
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).