CROOKSTON, Minn. (UMC Baseball Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball program put up extra-base hits Monday afternoon in a doubleheader against Minnesota State University Mankato but fell in losses of 5-1 and 8-4. The Beavers (4-24, 2-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) were forced to move their doubleheader against the Mavericks to Crookston, Minn., due to poor weather and field conditions in Mankato, Minn.
Game One – L, 5-1
Sophomore Alec Meyer started the day with two scoreless innings against the Mavericks, holding MSU to two hits and stranding three runners on base. Senior Scott Litchy drove in the first run of the day, scoring junior Josiah Julagay on an RBI single to center field. The lone run gave BSU its only lead of the day before MSU scored two runs in the bottom of the second.
The Mavericks were able to put up runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings to build a four-run lead. Junior Tommy Geisenhof entered in relief to finish the final 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
Meyer (1-4) took the loss for BSU while Litchy led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance from the plate. He finished with BSU’s only RBI of the day. Sophomore Noah Boser recorded the team’s only extra-base hit of the day, his second triple of the weekend.
Game Two – L, 6-5
Minnesota State scored first and five times in the first six innings, despite runs by Bemidji State in the second and third innings. Boser hit his second extra-base knock of the day to drive in BSU’s first run in the top of the second inning, while freshman Parker Borg sent out his second home run of the season to bring the Beavers within one run of the Mavericks, 4-3, in the third.
Sophomore Jake Olson started the game on the mound for BSU and was able to hold MSU without a run in the bottom of the third inning. The Mavericks came back with two runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and one in the sixth to take hold an 8-3 advantage late.
Sophomore Drake Wawro came through with an RBI single in the eighth inning, but BSU could not create any more run production to make a comeback. Wawro finished with two hits to tie with Litchy for the team high. Borg scored two runs and two RBI with one home run and a walk while Boser went 1-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored. Olson (1-3) was recorded with the loss after throwing 4.1 innings. Seniors Connor McNallan and Jack Wittwer combined for 3.2 innings of relief work with just four hits allowed and four strikeouts.
Bemidji State continues its way down Highway 2 Wednesday, April 18 with a doubleheader at Minot State University. BSU and MiSU begin the day at 1 p.m. from Corbett Field in Minot, N.D.
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).