OMAHA, Neb. (Westside High School) -- Sophomore first baseman Parker Borg helped the Bemidji State University baseball team jump out to two quick starts Saturday night in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule doubleheader against Augustana University in Omaha, Neb. Borg finished his day with four runs batted in for the Beavers despite losses of 5-4 and 16-7 against the Vikings.
Game One – L, 5-4
Bemidji State and Augustana each put a runner in scoring position in the first inning while BSU was able to first lead in the top of the third inning to go ahead, 3-0. Junior catcher Isaiah Grancorvitz recorded his second hit of the game in the inning to help move the first run of the game, sophomore outfielder Jackson Back, into scoring position. Back was brought home as sophomore first baseman Parker Borg was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Freshman second baseman Tom Keohen followed with his first two RBI this season to give BSU its 3-0 lead.
Augustana answered with two runs in the bottom of the third inning although starting pitcher Kevin Smith stranded two runners on base with two strikeouts in the inning to preserve the Bemidji State lead, 3-2. Smith added his fourth strikeout in the fourth inning and saw his lead extended in the fifth as junior outfielder Noah Boser led off the inning with a double and was brought in on a sacrifice fly from sophomore third baseman Caleb Carlson.
Palafox entered to pitch in the fifth inning after the Vikings came within one run but retired the side with two strikeouts. Two two-out RBI hits allowed Augustana to take its first lead of the game, 5-4, before Bemidji State had a chance to tie or take the lead with two runners on in the top of the seventh inning with two outs.
Smith finished throwing 4.1 innings and stranded five runners on base with seven hits and three earned runs allowed. Palafox threw 1.2 innings with three strikeouts and took his third loss of the season. Grancorvitz led BSU with two hits in three at-bats and added one run. Boser and Keohen both recorded doubles while sophomore Blake Huntley recorded BSU’s fifth hit of the game.
Game Two – L, 16-7
Game two started with 11 combined runs in the first inning, Borg opening up scoring with a three-RBI double down the left field line to drive in Carlson, Grancorvitz, and Boser. Senior designated hitter Drake Wawro and sophomore outfielder Wyatt White capped a four-hit, five-run top half for BSU with RBI singles. The Vikings came out swinging in the bottom of the first inning to grab the lead with five hits and six runs, five runs coming with two outs.
Augustana extended its lead to 7-5 after holding Bemidji State in check over a three-inning span before Wawro and Grancorvitz added RBI singles in the fifth and sixth innings. At the bottom of the fifth frame, though, Augustana was able to extend its lead further with three runs on four hits before. The Vikings again pushed its lead with a five-hit, six-run seventh inning.
Borg led BSU with three RBI while Wawro finished with two RBI on 3-of-5 hitting from the plate with one run scored. Freshman Jacob Carlson and Huntley reached base with three walks each and also added one run each. Junior pitcher Jake Olson (1-3) took the loss while senior pitcher Alec Meyer threw 3.2 innings, junior pitcher Xavier Carrasco threw 2.2 innings, and freshman pitcher Zack Henderson threw 1.0 inning in relief.
Bemidji State concludes its three-game series against Augustana at 5 p.m. Sunday in Omaha, Neb., at the Westside High School Baseball Field.
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).