Palafox dazzles as Beaver Baseball splits opening day of series at Bulldogs

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Win: Palafox (2-8) 6.0722212
Loss: Petit (1-1) 1.101132
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Palafox dazzles as Beaver Baseball splits opening day of series at Bulldogs
Friday, May 3, 2019
Palafox dazzles as Beaver Baseball splits opening day of series at Bulldogs

DULUTH, Minn. (Bulldog Park) -- Senior pitcher Jesse Palafox threw lights out Friday afternoon to help Bemidji State University baseball to a split on the opening day of its four-game series at University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers took a 3-2 win, its first against the Bulldogs since 2013, before a 12-2 loss to set its overall record at 8-36 and its mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference at 6-25.

Game One – W, 3-2
Senior pitcher Jesse Palafox was the star of game one while racking up a career-high 12 strikeouts which is one shy of the program single-game record. He punched out two batters by strikes in each of his six innings thrown in the game. UMD did its only damage in the bottom of the fourth inning with four hits for two runs while Palafox stranded two Bulldog runners on base.

Following UMD’s 2-1 go-ahead inning, junior Isaiah Grancorvitz led off the top of the sixth with a solo home run to tie the game while the following three batters reached base. The Beavers left the bases loaded to end the sixth inning but were able to cross the game-winning run in the seventh while reaching its first two batters and later scoring on a walk and wild pitch.

Palafox earned his second win of the season while totaling the most strikeouts for Bemidji State since Phil Bray threw 13 in 2013. He allowed seven hits and just two walks against 27 batters faced. Junior Kade Nelson went 3-for-3 from the plate, reaching base in all four of his at-bats with two singles, a double, and a walk. Sophomore Wyatt White was the only other Beaver to record multiple hits while going 2-of-3 from the plate with one walk.

Game Two – L, 12-2
The Beavers were less fortune from the mound in game two as the Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning to take its only lead needed. After UMD added an additional run in the third inning, BSU scored a run in the fourth on a solo home run by White and a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Nelson to cut into the UMD lead.

While starting pitcher Alec Meyer held Minnesota Duluth to one run following the Bemidji State run-scoring innings, the Bulldogs came to life again while scoring three runs in the sixth inning and four runs in the seventh, including a two-run home run to end the game.

Grancorvitz and senior Drake Wawro each recorded two hits while Grancorvitz scored one of BSU’s two runs. White scored the other BSU run with his third home run of the season.

Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth finish a four-game series and their respective seasons with a doubleheader at 12 and 3 p.m. Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader will be a nine-inning Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest followed by a seven-inning non-conference game.

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).