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|Win: Rangel (1-1)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Loss: Geisenhof (1-3)||1.0||1||1||1||0||1|
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|Win: Back (1-5)||6.0||5||5||5||2||7|
|Loss: Stouffer (1-3)||4.0||7||6||5||1||2|
MARSHALL, Minn. (Alumni Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team senior duo of Connor McNallan and Bazil Zuehlke combined to bring an offensive explosion from the plate Saturday afternoon as BSU won its final game of the 2018 season at Southwest Minnesota State University. McNallan and Zuehlke were responsible for nine RBIs to help the Beavers finish the season with a 7-36 record overall and a 5-22 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Game One – L, 5-4
A four-run third inning set up a 4-1 lead for Bemidji State in game one, which began with an RBI single by freshman Caleb Carlson to drive in sophomore Drake Wawro. Freshman Parker Borg and Zuehlke each recorded an RBI in the inning, while sophomore Isaiah Grancorvitz scored on a wild pitch.
The Mustangs answered back with one run in the bottom of the third inning and two runs in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4. BSU could only record one hit and reach two base runners over the final three innings of work, as SMSU came away with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh.
Carlson, Grancorvitz, Manecke and Zuehlke each combined for BSU’s four hits in the game. The Beavers weren’t able to record any extra-base hits and stranded four runners on base.
Game Two – W, 14-6
Bemidji State overcame a three-run deficit heading out of the first inning to tie the game in the next frame. The Beavers opened the second inning with three straight singles and scored their first run on a bases loaded hit by pitch. McNallan followed with a potential double play ball that led to a SMSU error and two runs for BSU to tie the game, 3-3.
After BSU took a 4-3 lead on a McNallan sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Beavers exploded for runs to extend the lead in the fifth and sixth innings. The first three BSU batters reached base again in the fifth frame to set up a grand slam by Zuehlke to right center field, which was his first career home run with Bemidji State. Two batters later, senior Jack Wittwer belted out his first career home run followed by an RBI single by McNallan to push the BSU lead, 10-3.
Zuehlke came up with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning before sophomore Noah Boser also recorded an RBI with a single up the middle. McNallan and freshman Austin Weisz each added one RBI in the top of the ninth inning to seal the victory.
Freshman pitcher Jackson Back started the game on the mound and helped BSU hold its lead with no runs allowed between the second and fifth innings. He finished the game with a career-high seven strikeouts with five hits allowed in 6.0 innings. Zuehlke went 4-for-5 from the plate with five RBIs, two runs, one home run and one double, while McNallan went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, one run and one double. Seven Beavers finished with at least two hits while every hitter in the lineup recorded a base knock.
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).