Wawro hitting spree helps Beaver Baseball to first win of 2018

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Win: McNallan (1-1) 6.064233
Loss: Fanning (0-1) 7.0107514
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Win: Lacey (1-0) 6.072223
Loss: Carruth (0-1) 4.043331
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Wawro hitting spree helps Beaver Baseball to first win of 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018
Wawro hitting spree helps Beaver Baseball to first win of 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (US Bank Stadium) -- Sophomore Drake Wawro finished with an exceptional night from the plate Thursday to help Bemidji State University to its first win of the season against Upper Iowa University at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Wawro went 7-for-8 from the plate with three RBIs and two doubles to help the Beavers (1-3, 0-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) to a split against the Peacocks (1-1, 0-0 NSIC) in two seven-inning contests.

Game One – W, 7-4
The Beavers jumped out to their first lead of the night in part to extra-base hitting in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Noah Boser set up the four-run inning with a one-out double to right center field and was brought home by junior Koty Kissack on an RBI single that went just past the second baseman. Two singles followed Kissack’s, with the second driving in Kissack for the game-tying run. Two batters later, Wawro slapped his first extra-base hit of the season, a double just out of the reach of a diving center fielder, to drive in two runs and give BSU a 4-2 lead heading out of the fourth frame.

After UIU tied the game in the sixth inning off a throwing error by BSU, an error by the Peacocks set up the go-ahead run for the Beavers. Wawro hit his second double of the night to put runners on second and third, followed by an intentional walk to load the bases. Sophomore Isaiah Grancorvitz was hit by a pitch during the next at-bat to drive in the game-winning run. Kissack and senior Bazil Zuehlke each added insurance runs to set up the save by junior Jesse Palafox.

Wawro ended game one 3-for-4 from the plate with two doubles and two RBIs, while Kissack also added two RBIs. Senior Connor McNallan (1-1) took his first win of the season after going six innings with three strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. Palafox threw the final inning without allowing a hit to earn his first save of the season.

Game Two – L, 3-2
The Peacocks grabbed the first lead of game two in the second inning behind two walks and three hits to go up, 3-0. Wawro continued his hot night in the bottom of the third inning as he drove in BSU’s first run on an RBI single to right field. Boser followed two batters later to drive in a runner from third on a sacrifice fly to bring BSU’s deficit to one, 3-2.

The Beavers saw two opportunities after the third inning to drive in runners in scoring position, including having a runner on third with one out in the fourth. The final shot came in the final half of the seventh with runners on first and second base with two outs. The final BSU batter was retired on a deep fly ball to center field to seal Bemidji State’s fate.

Wawro wrapped up his successful doubleheader going 4-for-4 from the plate in game two with one RBI. He was the only Beaver to record multiple hits in each game and finished the day 7-for-8 batting. Freshman Travis Carruth (0-1) was credited with the loss after going 4.0 innings with three earned runs allowed on four hits. Sophomore Jake Olson and senior Jack Wittwer each pitched in relief and combined for just two hits allowed with no runs surrendered.

Bemidji State continues its spring trip with a four-game series March 10-11 at Maryville University. The Beavers and Saints will play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday in St. Louis, both beginning at 1 p.m. at Weber Field.

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).