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.
Bemidji State took its only lead of the game during the top of the second inning as two singles and two walks drove in one run for a 1-0 advantage. With the bases loaded and no outs, BSU was unable to get another base runner and took the same score into the bottom of the inning. Two of WJC’s first three batters of the second inning reached base to set up an RBI ground out to tie the game. The Cardinals added another run in the third inning and four in the fourth to hold a 6-1 lead.
Senior Noah Boser led off the top of the sixth inning with a walk before stealing second base to set up an RBI double by senior Kade Nelson. Junior Wyatt White followed on the next at-bat with a single up the middle to drive in Nelson and bring WJC’s lead down to three, 6-3. WJC again extended its lead with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and two runs in each of the seventh and eighth to go ahead, 11-3. BSU finished the final three innings with one hit and three runners left on base.
White led BSU from the plate with two hits and one RBI, while Nelson, junior Matt Kummet and junior Blake Huntley added one hit each. Junior pitcher Trevyn Wells (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the season after throwing 3.2 innings with six earned runs allowed on six hits and two walks.
Bemidji State will play its next games during its spring trip March 7-11 in Tucson, Ariz. BSU opens the trip with a doubleheader Saturday, March 7 with seven-inning contests against Jamestown University and Morningside College at the Kino Sports Complex.
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).