TUCSON, Ariz. (Kino Sports Complex) -- Valley City State University scored five first-inning runs that led to a 7-2 loss for the Bemidji State University baseball team on Wednesday night as the team wrapped up its schedule at the Tucson Invitational Games in Tucson, Ariz.
After the first inning, the BSU pitching staff did not allow an earned run but fall to 2-10 overall this season while VCSU improved to 5-9.
The Vikings recorded hits from their first four batters while finishing the inning with six. Senior pitcher Xavier Carrasco (0-2) started the game and recorded two strikeouts after falling behind, 5-0, to finish the inning. Carrasco bounced back with a perfect second inning, retiring the side in order with three strikeouts. The Beavers loaded the bases with one out and drove in one run on a sacrifice fly by senior Noah Boser to cut the deficit to four, 5-1.
BSU left two runners stranded on base in the third inning before VCSU regained its five-run lead on a throwing error that scored a runner from second base. The Vikings added another run to extend its lead, 7-1, with an RBI single up the middle in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman pitcher Will Lavin recorded all three outs in the fifth inning by strikeouts during his only inning pitched.
Bemidji State crossed its final run in the bottom of the eighth inning as junior Matt Kummet singled to left field. The left fielder overran the ball to allow junior Sam Kalberer to score an unearned run. Senior Joe Lescarbeau pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth inning and recorded his first hit of the season while Boser followed with a single to put runners on first and third base. The game ended on a strikeout as BSU left both runners stranded.
Senior Kade Nelson led BSU from the plate with two hits, including one double, while eight others recorded one hit. Four pitchers threw in relief for Bemidji State, while the unit allowed just one run and no earned runs. Junior Parker Borg threw the final 2.0 innings with one hit allowed and four strikeouts.
BSU left eight runners on base compared to 12 for Valley City State while going 1-of-5 from the plate with runners in scoring position.
Bemidji State will open its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season March 14-15 with a four-game series at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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).