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BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Juniors Noah Boser and Isaiah Grancorvitz made their power from the plate felt with two home runs apiece Friday as the Bemidji State University baseball team split its doubleheader against Northern State University. Boser sent out two home runs in the Beavers’ game one 6-5 comeback win while Grancorvitz sent one out in a game two loss, 10-3.
Game One – W, 6-5
Game one’s back-and-forth scoring began in the top of the second inning as sophomore Parker Borg record the first of his two hits to drive in sophomore Blake Huntley from first base. Northern State tied the game in the bottom of the second before Boser knocked out the first of his two home runs in the game to lead off the third inning. Grancorvitz followed with two outs in the third inning with a solo home run of his own to put BSU ahead, 3-1.
Northern State recorded a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning and added three runs in the fourth, including two unearned runs, to take its first lead of the game, 5-3. Boser came up for his third at-bat in the fifth inning and proceeded to knock out his second home run of the game, going opposite to left center field, to bring BSU within one, 5-4.
Junior Kade Nelson singled with one out in the top of the seventh inning to set up the game-tying run. Grancorvitz followed on the next at-bat with a double to left center field to drive in Nelson before being driven in for the game-winning run on an RBI single by senior Drake Wawro on a single through the right side.
Sophomore pitcher Travis Carruth (1-3) earned the win after throwing the final 1.1 innings with one strikeout and one hit allowed against five batters faced. Freshman pitcher Kevin Smith threw the first 3.1 innings with three strikeouts and three earned runs allowed while senior pitcher Tommy Geisenhof threw 2.1 innings in relief with one strikeout and no hits allowed.
Boser went 2-for-3 from the plate with two RBI while Grancorvitz led BSU from the plate with three hits, including a double and a home run with two RBI and two runs scored. Borg and Huntley added two runs each while Borg and Wawro recorded one RBI each.
Game Two – L, 10-3
Northern State jumped out to an early lead behind a grand slam in the first inning before Grancorvitz knocked out his second solo home run of the day during the second inning. The Wolves scored again in the second frame on two RBI doubles to pull ahead, 6-1.
Sophomore Jackson Back and Boser led off the top of the third inning with back-to-back hits that set up an RBI by sophomore Wyatt White and another run scored on a throwing error during the same at-bat. Back’s and Boser’s runs cut the team’s deficit in half, 6-3. The Beavers threatened in the top of the fifth inning, now trailing 7-3, while loading the bases with two outs but couldn’t cross any runs.
BSU again set up a scoring opportunity after loading the bases in the seventh inning with two errors and a single to left center field but were sent down with no runs after a strikeout and double play ended the Beavers’ scoring opportunity. Bemidji State finished with just two fewer hits but left 10 runners on base and went 2-of-12 from the plate with runners in scoring position.
Freshman pitcher Zack Henderson pitched 3.0 innings in relief with three strikeouts and one earned run allowed against 14 batters faced. Grancorvitz finished 2-for-4 from the plate with one home run and one RBI, while Huntley and White each added two hits apiece.
Bemidji State and Northern State close out its three-game series at 12 p.m. Saturday 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).