TUCSON, Ariz. (Kino Sports Complex) -- Senior Noah Boser went 4-of-4 with two triples and a double from the plate as Bemidji State University baseball fell to Southwest Minnesota State University, 16-9, Monday at the Tucson Invitational Games in Tucson, Ariz. The Beavers fall to 2-9 overall on the season while the Mustangs improve to 5-5.
Boser’s first triple came in the first inning to set up the first run of the game. Senior Kade Nelson put a ball into play that was mishandled by SMSU to allow Boser to score. Nelson stole second base and advanced to third on an error to set up an RBI single by senior Isaiah Grancorvitz and give BSU a 2-0 lead.
The Mustangs gained their first lead of the game with five runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Beavers answered back in the fourth to score four runs and regain the advantage on the scoreboard, 6-5. Junior Parker Borg drove in junior Matt Kummet on a single to center field while SMSU gave BSU a run on a bases-loaded walk. Kalberer followed two batters later with a two-RBI single to left field for the go-ahead RBI.
After SMSU scored three runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth, Boser recorded his second triple to set up a sacrifice fly by Nelson in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Borg recorded one RBI and drove in another run on a single to right center field that brought BSU’s deficit to two, 11-9. SMSU came back with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Following Boser in hits was Kummet who went 3-of-4 with a double and two runs scored. Borg, Kalberer and junior Wyatt White each recorded two hits while Borg and Kalberer brought in two RBI each.
Junior Ethan Webb (0-1) started the game for BSU and went 3.2 innings with five earned runs allowed.
Bemidji State closes out the Tucson Invitational Games on Wednesday with an 11 a.m. first pitch against Valley City State University.
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).