Baseball taken down in doubleheader Tuesday against St. Cloud State

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Win: Austing (5-0) 7.050018
Loss: Palafox (1-6) 3.176643
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Win: Osterberg (3-1) 8.040026
Loss: Back (0-4) 5.2104412
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Baseball taken down in doubleheader Tuesday against St. Cloud State
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Baseball taken down in doubleheader Tuesday against St. Cloud State

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (Becker Park) -- Junior Kade Nelson recorded four hits during Bemidji State University baseball’s doubleheader against St. Cloud State University Tuesday in Collegeville, Minn., which ended as 6-0 and 4-2 losses for BSU. Nelson helped spark a near comeback in the ninth inning of game two as the Beavers fall to 5-26 overall and 4-15 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Game One – L, 6-0
St. Cloud State jumped ahead early while keeping Bemidji State off the base paths through the first two innings. The Huskies tacked on two runs in each of the first two innings before adding a fifth in the third inning. BSU put its first runner on base in the bottom of the third inning by a walk but didn’t get its first hit until trailing, 6-0. The Beavers added hits in the final four innings while leaving the bases loaded to end the game.

Nelson went 2-for-3 from the plate while three other Beavers recorded hits through the game. Senior pitcher Jesse Palafox (1-6) took the loss after throwing the first 3.1 innings with three strikeouts while sophomore pitcher Kenny Morris threw the final 3.2 innings with one strikeout and no earned runs allowed on five hits.

Game Two – L, 4-2
Bemidji State again found itself behind early in game two after St. Cloud State scored two runs in the second inning after the first three batters of the inning. SCSU brought in a lead-off walk with an RBI triple followed by an RBI single before BSU retired the side.

Sophomore Parker Borg recorded the first of his two hits for the Beavers in the third inning but was one of five runners left on base for the team through the game. Following Borg’s second hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, St. Cloud State doubled its lead with three singles and a triple, including another RBI triple and single, to go ahead, 4-0, heading into the bottom of the sixth. BSU got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth inning after a lead-off walk and double to set up a sacrifice fly and a ground out RBI.

Sophomore starting pitcher Jackson Back (0-4) was credited with the loss after throwing 5.2 innings with two strikeouts and four earned runs allowed. Senior pitchers Tommy Geisenhof and Alec Myer, and freshman pitcher Zack Henderson combined to throw 3.1 innings with three hits and no runs allowed with three strikeouts.

Borg and Nelson each recorded two hits in the game while Nelson was the lone Beaver to tally an extra-base hit. Junior Isaiah Grancorvitz and sophomore Blake Huntley recorded one RBI each.

Bemidji State travels for its first true road series in nearly a month April 19-20 to take on Northern State University. The Beavers and Wolves will play a three-game series beginning at 12 and 2 p.m. Friday and finishing at 12 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen, S.D.

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).