|April 26, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Rustad (6-5)||5.1||7||2||1||4||3|
|Loss: Palafox (1-8)||5.0||6||3||3||3||7|
|April 26, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Grover (5-3)||6.0||8||4||2||2||3|
|Loss: Back (0-5)||3.0||7||5||5||3||2|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Junior Kade Nelson continued to lead the Bemidji State University baseball team from the plate with five hits in Friday’s series opener against University of Minnesota Crookston despite falling in both games of a doubleheader at BSU Baseball Field. Nelson finished with five hits, three RBI, and one run scored as the Beavers fall to 6-32 overall and 5-21 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Game One – L, 6-4
Senior pitcher Jesse Palafox gave the Beavers a strong start to the game after striking out the side in the first inning while stranding two runners on base. A walk and hit by pitch set up a 1-0 lead for the Beavers in the bottom half of the first inning as junior Kade Nelson drove in sophomore Wyatt White from second base on an RBI single.
Nelson added to the BSU lead in the third inning with another RBI single, this time driving in junior Isaiah Grancorvitz to go ahead, 2-0. Palafox continued to keep Bemidji State in the lead while setting a new career high in strikeouts, tallying six through the first four innings. He finished with seven strikeouts before UMC put its first runs on the board in the fifth inning with a three-run home run. The Golden Eagles followed with a two-RBI double in the sixth inning and an RBI single in the seventh to extend its lead, 6-2.
The Beavers were able to bring the game-tying run to the plate with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and were able to bring two runs in. A 4-6-3 double play preceded a strikeout to end the game.
Nelson ended the game 3-of 4 from the plate with two RBI and one run scored while Grancorvitz and sophomore Matt Kummet each recorded two hits. Palafox went 5.0 innings and didn’t allow a run through the first 4.1 innings and finished with seven strikeouts and six hits allowed against 24 batters faced.
Game Two – L, 8-5
Both teams scored one run in the first inning on RBI knocks before BSU took a short-lived lead with one run scored on an error in the second. The Golden Eagles tied the game again, 2-2, in the next half inning on an RBI single. UMC then added five runs on six hits in the fourth inning to extend its lead to 7-2.
The Beavers began to cut into the Golden Eagles’ lead with one run in each of the fifth and sixth innings, cutting the deficit to 7-4. After UMC added one run in the eighth inning, White drove in an RBI in the bottom half to keep the deficit at three runs, 8-5. The BSU side was sent down in order to end the potential comeback.
Nelson went 2-for-5 with one RBI while sophomore Blake Huntley also recorded two hits and three of BSU’s five runs scored. Kummet, White, and freshman Jacob Carlson accounted for one RBI each.
Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston finish the four-game series at 12 p.m. Saturday with a doubleheader at BSU Baseball Field. The first game will be a nine-inning, NSIC contest followed by a seven-inning non-conference game.
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).