BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball program came up with late runs to help in a split Wednesday at home against University of Mary. Senior Scott Litchy posted another multi-home run day as the Beavers (6-30, 4-16 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) won game one, 10-9, before a loss in game two, 9-7, at BSU Baseball Field in Bemidji, Minn.
Game One – W, 10-9
After going down by one run in the top of the first inning, senior Scott Litchy recorded his first hit since becoming BSU’s all-time leader in the category. A three-run home run gave the Beavers the lead, 3-1, while he drove in sophomore Isaiah Grancorvitz and freshman Caleb Carlson.
The Marauders put up eight unanswered runs, including six in the top of the third inning, to set up a 9-3 lead over the Beavers heading into the bottom of the sixth. BSU loaded the bases with one out to begin a scoring threat and brought home a run by a walk drawn on sophomore Drake Wawro. Two-out hitting put BSU in the right spot to continue its comeback after going 0-for-4 in the category heading into the sixth inning.
Carlson followed Wawro’s walk with a bases clearing double to center field to bring BSU within two runs of U-Mary, 9-7. Following a hit by pitch to put runners on first and second base, Litchy was aided by the sun on a fly ball to center field that dropped and drove in the game-tying runs. The Beavers forced three pitching changes in the sixth inning and eventually took the lead, 10-9, on an RBI hit by senior Bazil Zuehlke.
Junior Tommy Geisenhof (1-2) threw the final 2.2 innings of work to earn his first career win, allowing just one hit and no runs allowed. Litchy led the BSU bats going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored to go along with two doubles and a home run. Carlson added three RBIs and two runs on a double and single. Zuehlke drove in one RBI, the game-winning run, while finishing 3-for-4 from the plate.
Game Two – L, 9-7
Wawro came up to nab BSU’s first run of the second game, bringing in junior Koty Kissack on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning. With just one out in the inning, Carlson drove in another run to help BSU exit the second with a 2-0 lead. Three Beavers recorded RBIs in the bottom of the third inning, including an RBI single by freshman Matt Kummet and an RBI double by senior Connor McNallan, to go up 5-0.
The Beavers and Marauders traded runs between the top of the fourth and bottom of the fifth innings before the game was tied after a five-run inning for U-Mary in the sixth. BSU gave up three walks and two hit-by-pitches to U-Mary, as the Marauders totaled just two hits in the inning while tying the game, 6-6.
The Marauders grabbed their first lead of the game in the top of the eighth inning, but Litchy knocked out his second home run of the day to tie the game again, 7-7. Three consecutive singles by U-Mary with one out in the ninth inning set up the game-deciding runs as Bemidji State went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
Kummet and McNallan each led BSU in game two with three hits while Kummet and Kissack each scored two runs. Freshman Mitchell Haldi threw 5.1 innings while getting the start and tied a career-high five strikeouts.
Bemidji State hosts the final two games of an eight-game home streak at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 against St. Cloud State University at BSU Baseball Field. The Beavers and Huskies will play a home-and-home series with the back-end of the four-game series beginning at 2 p.m. in St. Cloud, Minn.
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).