MINNETONKA, Minn. (Veterans Field) -- Strong pitching against the Bemidji State University baseball program led to a doubleheader sweep, 9-0 and 4-0, against Concordia University-St. Paul Tuesday afternoon in Minnetonka, Minn. The Beavers (4-14, 2-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) closed the day with a pitcher’s duel as sophomore Jake Olson threw 7.0 innings with 12 batters retired in a row between the first and fifth innings.
Game One – L, 9-0
Bemidji State faced a tough day against Concordia-St. Paul pitcher Josh Gaworski, who held BSU hitless until the second batter faced in the sixth inning. The Beavers hitters remained smart at the plate while reaching base by walk four times through the first five frames. Two walks and a hit by pitch allowed BSU to load the bases with two outs in the third inning but could not bring home a run.
Sophomore Noah Boser recorded BSU’s first hit in the sixth inning, which would prove to be one of three for the team on the day. The Golden Bears built on their 6-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a bases-clearing double to go ahead, 9-0. Freshman Caleb Carlson and senior Scott Litchy gave the Beavers life late in the game with back-to-back singles, but a base-running error caused the game to end.
Senior Connor McNallan (1-3) went 4.0 innings with 12 hits and six earned runs allowed and one strikeout. Boser, Carlson and Litchy each went 1-for-3 from the plate while five Beavers recorded walks.
Game Two – L, 4-0
Sophomore Jake Olson was half of an entertaining pitcher’s duel through the beginning of game two, as he retired 12 straight batters between the first and fifth innings. After allowing a leadoff walk to CSP, Olson gave up his first hit of the game in the fifth inning. That hit was followed with a sacrifice bunt and RBI single to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead.
The Beavers were only able to total one hit in each of the first, third, seventh and ninth innings for four on the day. CSP took advantage of two BSU errors in the seventh and eighth innings to extend its lead by three runs heading into the ninth. Litchy again recorded a two-out hit with a fly out following to end the game.
Olson (1-2) was given the loss after throwing 7.0 innings with one earned run and three hits allowed. Junior Jesse Palafox threw 1.0 inning in relief with no earned runs given up. Sophomore Isaiah Grancorvitz, junior Josiah Julagay, junior Koty Kissack and Litchy each recorded BSU’s hits with singles while freshman Wyatt White reached base twice on two walks.
Due to snow and field conditions, Bemidji State will again be on the road but serve as the home team Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 against No. 11 Augustana University. The Beavers and Vikings will play a four-game series with doubleheaders starting at 12 p.m. each day.
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).