|February 29, 2020||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Hennelly (1-0)||5.0||5||1||1||2||1|
|Loss: Back (1-2)||4.2||7||7||7||1||6|
|February 29, 2020||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Fields (1-1)||5.1||1||1||0||1||2|
|Loss: Henderson (0-1)||0.1||5||5||5||1||0|
LIBERTY, Mo. (Capitol Federal Sports Complex) -- Bemidji State University baseball held a lead in both games versus William Jewell College Saturday but fell in both, 7-1 and 12-8, in Liberty, Mo.
Game One – L, 7-1
Bemidji State took its first lead of the day in the top of the second inning as junior Blake Huntley recorded an RBI single to left center field after with two runners on base. The run was the only action across the plate the Beavers could create after totaling just three hits the rest of the way.
All seven of WJC’s runs came in the second and third innings. The Cardinals hit a solo home run during its second at-bat of the second inning followed by two doubles that drove in three total runs. Heading into the bottom of the third inning, WJC extended its three-run lead with a two-RBI single and a stolen base to set the final score after seven innings.
Senior Noah Boser led BSU with three hits in four at-bats while senior Kade Nelson added two hits and accounted for Bemidji State’s only run. As a team, BSU left seven runners on base and went 1-of-7 batting with runners in scoring position.
Junior pitcher Jackson Back (1-1) took the loss after throwing 4.2 innings with seven earned runs allowed. He also tallied six strikeouts, one shy of his career-high. Junior pitcher Kenny Morris threw 1.1 innings in relief with no hits allowed.
Game Two – L, 12-8
The Beavers again jumped ahead early on the scoreboard as senior Isaiah Grancorvitz and freshman Carter Simon each hit RBI singles. Simon's hit drove in two runs to give BSU a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first. After WJC scored one run in the bottom of the first, junior Wyatt White gave BSU a three-run lead again with an RBI double in the top of the third. Grancorvitz knocked out a three-run home run in the fourth inning to give BSU a 7-2 lead.
From that point, the Cardinals scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to reach within one of the Beavers and took its first lead, 9-7, on a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. WJC scored five runs in the fifth inning and added the final run of the day with a solo home run in the sixth. BSU was unable to record a hit between the sixth and ninth innings.
Grancorvitz went 2-of-5 from the plate with his first home run of the season, four RBI and two runs scored. Boser, junior Matt Kummet and junior Brendan Paul also recorded two hits each. BSU went 3-of-10 from the plate with runners in scoring position while WJC went 6-of-12.
Sophomore pitcher Zack Henderson (0-1) took the loss after allowing five earned runs in 0.1 inning. Junior pitcher Ethan Webb made the start for BSU and went 4.0 innings with three earned runs allowed with two strikeouts.
Bemidji State and William Jewell close out the four-game series with a nine-inning contest at 12 p.m. Sunday in Liberty, Mo.
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).