MARSHALL, Minn. (Alumni Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team’s underclassmen came to the plate Friday afternoon to provide offensive power in the opening day of a four-game series at Southwest Minnesota State University. Five Beavers underclassmen combined for 11 RBIs on the day, including the first career home runs by sophomore Noah Boser and freshman Caleb Carlson.
Game One – L, 15-4
The Mustangs put up the first six runs of game one, including three home runs, to hold a 6-0 lead heading into the top of the fourth inning. Senior Scott Litchy answered with a home run of his own to bring home sophomore Isaiah Grancorvitz and cut the deficit to 6-2. SMSU went on another unanswered run with nine runs between the fourth and sixth innings.
Boser came up to the plate with senior Bazil Zuehlke on second base and doubled BSU’s score with a two-run home run. Boser’s home run down the right field line set the final score at 15-4.
Boser, Litchy, Zuehlke and freshman Austin Weisz each recorded hits during the game, while Boser and Litchy drove in BSU’s runs with two each.
Game Two – L, 12-11
The Beavers took the first lead of game two and scored two runs in each of the first, second, fourth and fifth innings. Two singles by sophomore Isaiah Grancorvitz and freshman Matt Kummet, a double from freshman Parker Borg and a wild pitch allowed BSU to grab a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Borg drove in the second inning’s two runs with a two-RBI double down the left field line, bringing home Grancorvitz and Litchy.
Despite two runs scored by SMSU in the bottom of the third inning, freshman Caleb Carlson scored two for Bemidji State with his first home run of the season. Another double, this time from Weisz, and a wild pitch, which brought Weisz home, offset two Mustangs’ runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-4 lead for the Beavers.
Sophomore Jake Olson, game two’s starter for BSU, finished the next three innings with no runs allowed and one hit, including getting out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth inning. Bemidji State pushed its lead to seven runs, 11-4, after the eighth inning with an RBI ground out by Borg and a two-RBI single by Kummet.
The Mustangs answered the Beavers’ eighth inning with seven runs in the bottom half to tie the game, 11-11. After BSU was unable to score in the ninth inning, a single led to a walk-off RBI double by SMSU in the bottom of the frame.
Borg went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two doubles and one run scored, while Kummet, freshman Caleb Manecke and senior Connor McNallan each recorded two hits. Borg and Kummet each led BSU with three RBIs each.
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).