SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Sioux Falls Stadium) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team came back from a 4-1 deficit behind an attack of five extra-base hits but ultimately fell, 6-5, after a ninth-inning home run to University of Sioux Falls Monday afternoon. The Beavers were sparked to a game-tying comeback by freshman Tom Keohen’s first career home run but fall to 3-24 overall and 2-13 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Game Three – W, 5-4
Sophomore pitcher Jackson Back opened game three of the series with a strong start against the Cougars, sending down the first nine hitters faced. Back struck out one batter in each of the first three innings while USF put its first base runner on in the fourth.
Freshman Jacob Carlson hit the first of BSU’s five extra-base hits in the bottom of the third inning to set up the go-ahead run. After doubling and advancing to third base on a balk, Carlson scored a two-out run on a USF fielding error. The Cougars’ first hit of the game, a two-run home run to right field, put the team ahead of the Beavers, 2-1. USF extended the lead in the top of the fifth inning, 4-1, after scoring on a sacrifice fly and a triple on back-to-back at-bats.
BSU tied the game with two two-run innings of its own, led off by a two-run home run by Keohen. Keohen’s first career home run brought BSU within one run, although USF tacked on one run in the top of the eighth inning. Sophomore Wyatt White led off the eighth frame with a triple followed by a double by sophomore Matt Kummet to bring the Beavers back within one run, 5-4. Sophomore Caleb Carlson recorded an RBI double on the next at-bat to tie the game, 5-5.
The Cougars scored the game-winning run with a solo home run during the first at-bat of the ninth inning. White reached base for the third time in the game to put the game-winning run at the plate with one out, but a foul out and fly out ended the game.
Back finished throwing 6.0 innings with three earned runs allowed and five strikeouts while senior pitcher Tommy Geisenhof threw 1.2 innings with three strikeouts and no hits allowed. Senior pitcher Alec Meyer (0-2) took the loss after pitching 1.1 innings with two strikeouts and two earned runs allowed on two hits. Keohen and Kummet led BSU with two hits each while Keohen added two RBI, Kummet scored one RBI, and Caleb Carlson scored one RBI.
Bemidji State continues its 2019 NSIC schedule Wednesday, April 10 as it is listed to host Upper Iowa University. The Beavers and Peacocks will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. in Bemidji, Minn., depending on field and weather conditions.
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).