OMAHA, Neb. (Millard North HS Baseball Field) -- Freshman Parker Borg knocked out his first career home run Saturday night that brought the go-ahead runs in for the Bemidji State University baseball program during the second of two games against University of Sioux Falls. The Beavers (3-11, 1-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) fell in game one, 2-1, before grabbing a win in game two, 7-3, against the Cougars (1-11, 1-1 NSIC) in Omaha, Neb.
Game One – L, 2-1
Bemidji State and Sioux Falls battled to get runners on base while only three runs scored between the two teams combined. Sophomore Isaiah Grancorvitz gave BSU a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a single to left field, driving in junior Josiah Julagay who led off the game with a walk.
Sophomore Jake Olson was able to pitch out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning and left five runners stranded through the first three frames. A leadoff double followed by a single by USF in the fourth inning set up an RBI fielder’s choice and RBI ground out for the game-tying and game-winning runs. BSU was able to get a runner to second and third in the fifth inning and also reached a runner on third in the seventh but were not able to score any additional runs.
Olson (1-1) was recorded with the loss after throwing 5.0 innings with seven hits allowed and four strikeouts. Grancorvitz knocked in BSU’s lone RBI while Julagay reached base on two walks. Senior Bazil Zuehlke tallied the Beavers’ only extra-base hit with a double.
Game Two – W, 7-3
The Beavers also began the first inning of game two with a run to grab the first lead of the night. Julagay again walked to lead off the game, which set up an RBI single by senior Scott Litchy. Julagay then brought in BSU’s second run during the second inning, as a bases loaded ground out with one out increased Bemidji State’s lead to 2-0.
Four singles led to three runs for Sioux Falls in the bottom of the second inning, but the lead only lasted until the next half inning as Borg recorded his first career home run. Grancorvitz and sophomore Noah Boser reached base to put runners on ahead of Borg’s three-run home run. BSU had another bases loaded opportunity in the top of the third inning but could not capitalize, leaving three runners stranded.
Sophomore Alec Meyer faced 15 batters after the Beavers took the 5-3 lead and sent down 12, while allowing just two hits. Junior Tommy Geisenhof entered in relief of Meyer and finished the final 3.0 innings of play. He recorded two strikeouts and three hits allowed. The Beavers added two insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning as Grancorvitz recorded his second RBI of the night and first of the game. Litchy singled before Grancorvitz reached base, both running a double steal to score Litchy and go up, 7-3.
Meyer (1-2) earned his first win of the season after going 6.0 innings with six hits allowed, three earned runs and three strikeouts. Litchy went 3-for-4 from the plate with a double, RBI and run scored, while Borg led the team with three RBI on his home run in the third inning. All seven Beavers runs were scored by different athletes.
Bemidji State and Sioux Falls close out the four-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday in Plattsmouth, Neb. The doubleheader will cap the conference-opening weekend with a seven-inning contest followed by a 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).