Prairie Stars edge out Beavers, 5-3, to start two-game series

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Illinois Springfield11001011X581
Win: Hale (4-0) 5.020025
Loss: Carruth (2-2) 3.041123
Grancorvitz (BSU) 301010
Boser (BSU) 401100
White (BSU) 311010
Taylor (UIS) 513100
Prairie Stars edge out Beavers, 5-3, to start two-game series
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Prairie Stars edge out Beavers, 5-3, to start two-game series

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (UIS Baseball Field) -- Bemidji State University baseball held a lead early Tuesday afternoon in the opening game of a two-game series against University of Illinois-Springfield, but single-run innings led to a 5-3 loss in Springfield, Ill. The Beavers fall to 2-7 overall while the Prairie Stars improve to 12-4.

After the Prairie Stars took a one-run lead after the first inning, walks and a bunt set up the Beavers’ first lead of the game. Freshman Wyatt White and senior Bazil Zuehlke led off the top of the second inning with walks and were advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Caleb Carlson. White followed to score off a wild pitch while Zuehlke came home following an error by the UIS catcher trying to throw a baserunner out. The two runs helped BSU exit the top half with a 2-1 lead.

The Prairie Stars tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning and took the lead again with one run in the fifth. Pitcher Jesse Palafox got out of a bases loaded jam while limiting damage to just one run in the bottom of the seventh, giving UIS a 4-2 lead. Sophomore Drake Wawro began the top of the eighth inning with a walk and advanced to second, setting up an RBI single by sophomore Noah Boser to center field to trail, 4-3.

Bemidji State was sent down in order in the top of the ninth inning after Ill.-Springfield added an insurance run in the eighth.

Boser finished with the team’s only RBI of the day, as he, Grancorvitz and White each recorded singles. Freshman Travis Carruth (0-2) took the loss after throwing 3.0 innings with one earned run allowed and three strikeouts.

Bemidji State and Illinois-Springfield finish the two-game series at 1 p.m. Wednesday with another nine-inning 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).