ST. LOUIS. (UMSL Baseball Field) -- Bemidji State University baseball closed out its non-conference schedule Thursday afternoon with losses of 13-4 and 6-5 at University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Beavers (2-10) scored runs late in game one before busting out for five first-inning runs in game two against the Tritons.
Game One – L, 13-4
Bemidji State was put into a deficit early, despite reaching two runners in scoring position, as Missouri-St. Louis scored three runs in each of the first two innings. The Beavers singled twice in the fourth inning to get on the scoreboard, as junior Josiah Julagay brought home junior Koty Kissack. Senior Connor McNallan, sophomore Noah Boser and Kissack each recorded RBIs in the fifth inning, but the runs came after the Tritons crossed six runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Errors were costly for BSU through the early portion of the game, as the team finished with six through the first three innings and seven through the game.
Boser and McNallan each led BSU with two hits and both added an RBI. Boser and freshman Bryce Norby also recorded doubles for BSU’s only extra-base hits of the game. Freshman pitcher Jackson Back was recorded with the loss after throwing 3.1 innings with two strikeouts. Freshman Trevyn Wells and senior Kyle Zierden combined to throw 2.2 innings with just two hits allowed.
Game Two – L, 6-5
The Beavers were able to put five of their first six batters on base during the first inning of game two, which allowed the team to take a 4-0 lead. Senior Scott Litchy doubled down the right field line to drive in two runs while freshman Wyatt White also doubled for an RBI. Litchy scored off White’s two-bagger while freshman Parker Borg also came home on a throwing error. Sophomore Caleb Manecke finished off the first inning with an RBI single to put BSU up, 5-0, after the first frame.
The Tritons followed in the bottom half of the opening inning with two runs and scored two again in the bottom of the third. After UMSL brought the score to within one, 5-4, BSU was able to get baserunners on but stranded four runners between the fourth through sixth frames. Missouri-St. Louis took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as a single and double set up the game-tying run, which scored on a wild pitch, and the go-ahead run, which scored on a sacrifice fly. In the final chance to tie or go-ahead, the Beavers went down in order after a line out, ground out and pop up.
Five Beavers combined for the team’s five hits, including doubles by Litchy and White. Litchy led the team with two RBIs while White and Manecke each recorded one. Junior Tommy Geisenhof (0-1) took the loss after throwing 1.2 innings with two earned runs and three hits allowed.
Bemidji State will face University of Sioux Falls on the road March 17-18 to begin the 2018 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule. The Beavers and Cougars will play a four-game series, two doubleheaders each day beginning 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).