Bemidji State sweeps Upper Iowa behind White’s four-RBI day

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Loss: Snider (1-4) 6.042175
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Win: Wells (2-0) 5.084426
Loss: Thiesse (1-1) 3.134250
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Bemidji State sweeps Upper Iowa behind White’s four-RBI day
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Bemidji State sweeps Upper Iowa behind White’s four-RBI day

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Sophomore Wyatt White pulled off a walk-off hit for the second time in his last four games to kick-start a home-opening sweep for Bemidji State University over Upper Iowa University Wednesday afternoon at BSU Baseball Field. White hit an RBI single to lead the Beavers to a 2-1 game one victory before totaling three RBI in a 8-5 win in game two.

Game One – W, 2-1
Freshman pitcher Kevin Smith helped BSU keep UIU off the scoreboard through the first six innings, allowing the Beavers to grab the first lead of the game. Junior Noah Boser recorded the first of his two hits in the third frame to set up the go-ahead run while junior Isaiah Grancorvitz brought the score in on an RBI ground out. Smith held on to the 1-0 BSU lead until the sixth inning when UIU tied the game with a ground out RBI of its own following a one-out triple.

Senior pitcher Jesse Palafox (1-5) entered to pitch to close out the sixth inning and left two UIU runners on base in the seventh to set up BSU’s walk-off win. Freshman Jacob Carlson singled to lead-off the inning before advancing to third on an error and a single by Boser. White stepped to the plate and recorded his second walk-off hit in the last four games, a single through the left side to drive in Carlson.

Smith earned a no decision after throwing 5.2 innings with three strikeouts and one earned run allowed on four hits. Palafox threw 1.1 innings with two strikeouts and two hits allowed to earn the win. Boser went 2-for-3 with one run scored while Grancorvitz and White accounted for BSU’s two runs with one RBI each.

Game Two – W, 8-5
Bemidji State was able to take advantage of its base runners throughout the game with the majority reaching on walks. The Beavers recorded half of its six total hits through the game during the first inning, including back-to-back doubles by Boser and White to tie the game, 1-1. BSU grabbed its first lead of the game, 4-2, in the third inning while scoring on two fielder’s choice RBIs by Carlson and White, which included a third run that scored on an error.

Following a two-run fifth inning by the Peacocks, the Beavers regained the lead for good as a Grancorvitz double preceded two runs walked in and a run scored on a wild pitch. Senior pitcher Tommy Geisenhof and sophomore pitcher Travis Carruth finished the final four innings for BSU, combining to allow just one unearned run on five hits with three strikeouts. Junior Kade Nelson added to BSU’s 7-4 lead with an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning with an RBI single to drive in senior Drake Wawro.

Sophomore pitcher Trevyn Wells (2-0) earned the win after throwing the first 5.0 innings with six strikeouts and four runs allowed. White ended game two with a team-high three RBI followed by Carlson with two and Nelson with one. Grancorvitz scored two runs in the game off one hit and two walks.

Bemidji State is set to host Southwest Minnesota State University for a three-game series April 13-14. The Beavers and Mustangs will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. followed by a single nine-inning game Sunday at 1 p.m. at BSU 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).