BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- The bats came alive Sunday afternoon for the Bemidji State University baseball program as the team totaled 21 runs and five home runs to split against Wayne State College in the BSU home opener. Senior Scott Litchy recorded three and freshman Parker Borg hit two of the Beavers’ (5-27, 3-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) home runs, including a grand slam and six-RBI performance by Litchy in game one against the Wildcats (13-19, 11-11 NSIC).
Game One – L, 9-8
It was a trio of three-run innings that caused difficulties for Bemidji State during game one, as BSU held an 8-6 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning. After trailing 3-0 heading to the home half of the first inning, the Beavers recorded runs of one in the first and two in the second to tie the game, 3-3.
Litchy knocked out a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth frame, which was the program’s first grand slam since March 10, 2017. The home run gave BSU a lead, 7-3, that lasted until the top of the seventh inning. The Beavers put two runners on base with one out in their final chance but saw the opportunity squandered with back-to-back outs.
Litchy’s six-RBI game was the program’s first since former outfielder Logan Riedel did so March 10, 2017, who also had BSU’s most recent grand slam. Litchy went 2-for-4 from the plate with one run, one walk and a home run to go along with his six RBIs. Freshman Caleb Carlson continued his recent on-base streak, pushing his total to 10 straight plate appearances while reaching base. He finished 2-for-4 with two runs, one RBI and one walk.
Game Two – W, 15-5
The Beavers exploded from the plate early in game two, grabbing an 8-3 lead heading into the fourth inning. RBI doubles from sophomore Drake Wawro and senior Connor McNallan brought BSU back from a 3-0 deficit set after the top of the second inning.
McNallan added two additional RBIs in a six-run third inning for the Beavers with a triple to right center field. He was then brought home on the same play as the WSC shortstop mishandled the incoming throw from the outfield, giving BSU an 8-3 lead. McNallan’s first extra-base hit of the season came before RBIs by freshmen Parker Borg and Matt Kummet, and junior Koty Kissack.
Bemidji State continued to add to its lead behind the power of Litchy and Borg in the bottom of the fourth inning, as the duo hit the program’s first back-to-back home runs since April 16, 2016. The solo home runs were followed by Litchy’s third home run of the day in the bottom of the fifth inning, a two-run shot to extend BSU’s lead, 12-5.
BSU scored runs in every inning besides the first, capping off the win with a walk-off home run by Borg in the bottom of the seventh. The Beavers bats came through with runners in scoring position while going 7-for-10 and also two-out hitting while going 8-for-15.
Every Beaver student-athlete recorded a hit in game two, led by Litchy and McNallan with three each. McNallan and Borg led the team with four RBIs while Litchy chipped in three. Sophomore Jake Olson (2-3) earned his second win of the season while going 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs and striking out two.
Bemidji State and Wayne State conclude the four-game series Monday, April 23 with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. from BSU Baseball Field.
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).