WAYNE, Neb. (Pete Chapman Baseball Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team had a chance to overcome a five-run deficit in game one but ultimately fell in a doubleheader sweep Friday afternoon at Wayne State College, 5-2 and 6-0. The Beavers fall to 1-15 overall and 0-5 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference while the Wildcats improve to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Game One – L, 5-2
Base runners were hard to come by for Bemidji State until late in the game as Wayne State limited BSU to just two hits, one walk, and one runner reached by error through the first six frames. After opening the first inning with two runners on base, including a runner in scoring position, one Beaver base runner was left stranded between the second and sixth innings.
A BSU fielding error and single to shortstop in the bottom of the first inning allowed WSC to put the go-ahead run at third base which was brought home on a sacrifice fly. The Wildcats extended the lead with a two-run home run to right field in the third inning and added two RBI doubles in the sixth to go ahead, 5-0.
Junior Isaiah Grancorvitz helped give BSU a chance to tie or take the lead in the top of the seventh while leading off with a double to left center field. A single by sophomore Wyatt White was followed by a single by sophomore Jackson Back to drive in Grancorvitz. The next two BSU batters were hit by pitches, including a run walked in, to load the bases with two outs. A fly out to left field ended the game as the Beavers fell just short in the comeback.
Senior pitcher Jesse Palafox (0-4) went 5.0 innings with three strikeouts while allowing four earned runs on seven hits. Sophomore pitcher Trevyn Wells threw the final inning for BSU, sending the WSC side down in order. BSU’s five hits during the game came from five different batters, while Grancorvitz recorded the team’s only extra-base knock.
Game Two – L, 6-0
Bemidji State reached base in the first and third innings by walks before recording its first hit in the fourth. By the time Grancorvitz put up BSU’s first hit of the game, WSC crossed four runs. The go-ahead run came in the opening frame following a walk, single and fielding error by the Beavers while the Wildcats added three runs in the second inning following a walk, RBI double, and two-RBI home run. In the fourth inning, WSC extended the lead to 5-0 with an RBI single following two walks.
After recording its first hit in the fourth inning, BSU put runners on by hits in six straight innings but stranded five runners through that stretch and hit into three double plays. The Beavers went just 1-of-13 with runners on base and 0-of-5 with runners in scoring position. WSC went 4-of-14 from the plate with two outs and brought home four two-out RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Travis Carruth (0-2) threw 3.2 innings with four earned runs and five hits allowed, while freshman pitcher went 3.1 innings with two strikeouts and two hits allowed against 13 batters faced. Junior Noah Boser led BSU with two hits in two at-bats and recorded the squad’s lone extra-base hit of the game.
Bemidji State takes a weekend break before returning to the diamond Wednesday, March 27 at Concordia University-St. Paul.
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).