TUCSON, Ariz. (Kino Baseball Complex) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team was not given a warm welcome in the opening day of the Tucson Baseball Invitational as it fell in a doubleheader sweep to Presentation College, 29-9 and 6-5. Junior Isaiah Grancorvitz totaled three RBI on the day while knocking out the Beavers’ first home run of the season during game one of the day.
Game One – L, 29-9
Back-to-back RBI doubles allowed Bemidji State to take the first lead of game one as sophomore Caleb Carlson put a shot to right field to drive in junior Isaiah Grancorvitz before sophomore Parker Borg followed with a rope to left center field to drive in Carlson. BSU also added two runs in the third inning on a throwing error following to walks and a single to go ahead, 4-0.
Presentation first lit up the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run before piling on 15 runs in the fourth inning. Although BSU scored two runs in the fifth inning, including a lead-off home run by Grancorvitz, and three in the sixth, PC extended its lead with a seven-run fifth and sixth-run sixth.
Junior pitcher Jake Olson (1-1) was credited with the loss after throwing 3.0 innings with eight earned runs allowed. Freshman pitcher Zack Henderson threw the final 2.1 innings of work with one strikeout. Carlson and Grancorvitz led BSU with two RBI each, as both totaled one extra-base hit apiece. Grancorvtiz went 1-for-2 from the plate with three walks and two runs scored. Carlson also added two runs while Borg and junior Noah Boser recorded one double each.
Game Two – L, 2-0
As the home team on the scoreboard, BSU answered PC’s one-run first inning with two in the second, coming on a two-RBI double through the right side by sophomore Matt Kummet. BSU extended the lead to 3-1 in the second inning as Grancorvitz was on the back end of three straight singles to drive in a run. The Saints tied the game with an RBI triple to right center fieldin the third inning and a two-RBI double down the left field line in the fourth inning.
The Beavers regained the lead, 5-4, in the bottom of the fifth inning as Kummet hit a double and was followed by three straight walks for the go-ahead run. The Saints answered to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning after reaching baserunners on an error and a single, in which the latter was brought home on an RBI single to center field. BSU put a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth inning but couldn’t convert before PC scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on a triple and sacrifice fly. The Beavers reached a runner by a walk in the bottom of the seventh inning which was left stranded to end the game.
Sophomore pitcher Travis Carruth (0-1) took the loss after giving up just one hit and one earned run with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched. Kummet finished 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI, two doubles, and one run. Grancorvitz totaled one RBI, one run and, two walks.
Bemidji State takes on Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival St. Cloud State University in a non-conference game at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the Kino Baseball Complex Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
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).