Chargers take down Beavers Saturday in Tucson, 12-5

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Win: Jacob Wesselmann (3-0) 7.054327
Loss: Webb (0-1) 3.099920
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Chargers take down Beavers Saturday in Tucson, 12-5
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Chargers take down Beavers Saturday in Tucson, 12-5

TUCSON, Ariz. (Kino Baseball Complex) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game before falling behind again in a 12-5 loss to Briar Cliff University Saturday at the Tucson Baseball Invitational. The Beavers fall to 1-8 overall in their fifth game of the spring trip in Tucson, Ariz.

Briar Cliff opened the first inning by loading the bases with no outs while starting pitcher Ethan Webb nearly got out of the jam with just one run allowed. After giving up a sacrifice fly to score a run, Webb got another fly out for the second out of the inning. BC was able to cross three more runs to finish the first with a two-RBI double and an RBI single.

Sophomore Jackson Back led off the top of the third inning with a walk to set up an RBI double by junior Matt Kley. Junior Isaiah Grancorvitz followed with a two-out RBI double to left center field to bring in Kley and cut the deficit in half. Junior Kade Nelson also brought in an RBI on a single through the left side while sophomore Wyatt White drew a walk with the bases loaded to tie the game, 4-4.

In the bottom of the following inning, the Chargers led off with three straight singles, the third bringing in the go-ahead run. A walk on the next batter loaded the bases while a double to left center field cleared the bases and extended the BC lead. Briar Cliff added one more run on a single to go ahead, 9-4, heading into the fifth inning. Although BSU scored one run in the top of the eighth inning, BC extended its lead by three in the bottom half to preserve the win.

Webb (0-1) took the loss after throwing 3.0 innings with nine hits and runs allowed. Freshman pitcher Zack Henderson threw 5.0 innings with no earned runs allowed and three strikeouts against 23 batters faced. Grancorvitz led BSU with two hits on the day while he, Nelson, White, and Kley each recorded one RBI. The Beavers finished with three extra-base hits, all doubles, and left seven runners on base.

Bemidji State will play an exhibition against Bismarck State College at 9 a.m. local time Sunday, March 10 before traveling to Phoenix, Ariz., to finish its final three games of its spring trip.

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).