LIBERTY, Mo. (Capitol Federal Sports Complex) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team put up a rally in the ninth inning but fell in the series opener Friday at William Jewell College at Capitol Federal Sports Complex in Liberty, Mo.
The Beavers faced a 6-0 deficit heading into the final frame before scoring three runs on three hits. BSU moves to 2-2 overall as it begins a four-game series with WJC.
The Cardinals jumped to a two-run lead after the first inning as the first three batters reached base, with a RBI single and sacrifice fly capped off the inning. Senior pitcher Jake Olson (1-1) held the Cardinals scoreless over the next four innings, including retiring the side in order in each of the third, fourth and fifth. WJC extended its lead with two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings on five hits and one error to set up a 6-0 deficit for BSU heading into the ninth.
Junior Sam Kalberer led off the final inning with a single while senior Kade Nelson followed with a double to left center field. The Beavers scored their three runs during three of the next four at-bats as freshman Carter Simon and junior Blake Huntley recorded RBIs. Junior Owen Anderson brought in another run on a fielder’s choice but a pop up out during the next at-bat ended the BSU rally.
Nelson was the only Beaver to record multiple hits in the game, going 2-of-3 from the plate with one double, one stolen base and one run scored. Simon also recorded a stolen base while adding one hit, one RBI and one run scored.
Olson threw 6.0 innings with five hits and four earned runs allowed while striking out two batters. Freshman Will Lavin finished the final 2.0 innings on the mound with four hits and no earned runs allowed with one strikeout.
BSU drew five walks but struck out seven times while totaling six hits in 31 at-bats. The Beavers also left seven runners on base but left eight Cardinals base-runners stranded on base.
Bemidji State and William Jewell play a doubleheader Saturday at 12 and 2 p.m. before the series finale Sunday.
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).