MINOT, N.D. (Corbett Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team showed its grit with a furious comeback attempt Wednesday afternoon that fell just short in losses at University of Minot State. BSU fell behind early in a 10-3 loss before scoring six eighth-inning runs in a 12-10 loss to MiSU at Corbett Field in Minot, N.D.
Game One – L, 10-3
Minot State jumped out to an early lead while scoring in the opening two frames of the game, scoring on a sacrifice fly in the first and on a two-RBI single and an RBI single in the second. After the second inning, starting pitcher Kenny Morris began to settle in over the next two innings, sending the MiSU side down in order each time.
BSU cut the MiSU lead in half, 4-2, with a lead-off home run by sophomore Wyatt White, his second home run of the season, and a one-out RBI single with the bases loaded. Bemidji State left three runners stranded in the fifth inning while Minot State pushed its lead to six, 8-2, behind an RBI single, two RBI doubles, and a sacrifice fly in the bottom half. Freshman Jacob Carlson drove in BSU’s final run of the game on an RBI double to right center field but was followed by a two-run inning in the bottom half by MiSU.
Morris (0-1) took the loss after throwing 4.0 innings with three strikeouts and just one extra-base hit allowed. White finished the game 2-of-3 from the plate with a solo home run while sophomore Caleb Carlson scored two runs off one hit and one walk.
Game Two – L, 12-10
Bemidji State’s was set up after the bottom of the first inning where Minot State scored four runs on two hits and one BSU error. BSU answered the runs with one of its own in the top of the second inning and answered another two scores by MiSU with an RBI by junior Kade Nelson in the third.
While facing an 11-2 deficit heading into the sixth inning, back-to-back doubles by seniors Drake Wawro and Koty Kissack drove in two runs to begin a string of eight runs over three innings. BSU reached its first seven batters in the top of the eighth inning while scoring on a hit by pitch, two walks, an RBI single, an RBI fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly that turned into a double play to end the scoring streak. Minot State added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and sent down three of four batters faced in the top of the ninth to end Bemidji State’s comeback attempt.
Kissack finished 2-of-4 from the plate with two RBI, two runs scored, and a double while junior Isaiah Grancorvitz went 2-of-3 with one RBI, one run, and a double. Freshman pitcher Tommy Smith allowed just one run in the final 3.0 innings thrown after the fifth frame. He gave up just one hit and struck out two of 13 batters faced.
Bemidji State finishes the 2019 season with a four-game series May 3-4 at University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers and Bulldogs will play a doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday followed by a doubleheader at 12 and 3 p.m. Friday, with the 3 p.m. game serving as a non-conference contest.
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).