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|Win: Breedlove (2-5)||6.0||7||4||4||1||4|
|Loss: Palafox (0-3)||2.2||6||2||2||0||4|
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|Win: Ras (4-1)||6.0||3||0||0||5||6|
|Loss: Back (0-4)||5.0||7||5||5||1||4|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Senior Scott Litchy made history for the Bemidji State University baseball program Monday afternoon while recording his 208th career hit and moving into first place all-time for the team. The record-setting moment came in the second game of a sweep to Wayne State College at BSU Baseball Field.
Game One – L, 6-5
The Beavers continued their offensive production from a day ago early in the first inning, beginning with a career milestone mark by Litchy during his first at-bat. Litchy became BSU’s all-time hits leader with his first hit of the day, marking his 208th career base knock. While on base, he helped as part of a double steal to score BSU’s first run of the day. Freshman Parker Borg added to the lead with his third home run in the last two games. An RBI double by senior Bazil Zuehlke drove in the team’s final run of the first inning to take a 4-0 lead.
Wayne State scored six unanswered runs between the fourth and seventh innings to set up a seventh inning comeback attempt for Bemidji State. Borg recorded his third RBI of the day in the seventh, bringing BSU back to within one run of WSC. The base hit set up runners on second and third with two outs before a strikeout ended the game.
Borg led the Beavers with three hits and three RBIs with one home run. Sophomore Isaiah Grancorvitz totaled two base hits while Zuehlke recorded the team’s second extra-base hit of the day. Junior pitcher Jesse Palafox (0-3) took the loss after throwing 2.2 innings with four strikeouts and two earned runs allowed.
Game Two – L, 12-8
The final game of the series came down to the final two innings for Bemidji State after facing a 12-0 deficit heading into the eight. Freshman Caleb Manecke pinch hit and drove in one RBI on his lone hit of the day in the eighth inning, while freshman Matt Kummet drove in two runs on a single up the middle. The Beavers also added four runs behind two Wildcats errors and one hit in the ninth inning. With two runners on base, BSU grounded out to end the game.
The long ball was the difference between the Beavers and Wildcats early in game two. Wayne State hit home runs in each of the first, third and fifth innings. Both home runs in the first and third innings were two-run shots by WSC left fielder Travis Miller. The Wildcats continued to push out their lead with eight combined runs after the fifth inning.
Bemidji State left 11 runners on base throughout the game and went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position. The Beavers also had troubles with two-out hitting as the team went 2-for-11. BSU finished with seven hits and nine walks. The pitching staff was led by freshman Jackson Back with 5.0 innings pitched and four strikeouts.
Bemidji State remains at home for its next series while hosting University of Mary Wednesday. The Beavers and Marauders will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 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).