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|Win: Carruth (1-0)||3.0||0||0||0||1||2|
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FORT SCOTT, KANSAS (LaRoche Baseball Complex) --The Bemidji State University baseball team took an opening day split with a 23-6 loss to the University of Minnesota Crookston followed by a 9-7 win over William Jewell College at the LaRoche Baseball Complex in Fort Scott, Kan., on Saturday.
Crookston – L, 23-6
Senior outfielder Noah Boser picked up where he left off last March while notching BSU’s first hit of the season, a double in the top of the first inning, to set up an early go-ahead run. A wild pitch and a passed ball allowed Boser to cross the plate to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. The lead was short-lived, though, as the Golden Eagles crossed five runs in the bottom half to stay ahead for good.
While a bases loaded walk and an RBI on a fielder’s choice brought BSU back within two runs, UMC added another run in the bottom of the second. The Golden Eagles continued to add runs in all but the fourth inning, including four runs in each of the sixth and seventh, and seven runs in the eighth. Bemidji State added two runs in the seventh inning on a two-RBI triple by junior designated hitter Logan Barrick followed by a solo home run by senior outfielder Owen Anderson, the first of his career, in the eighth for the team’s final runs of the game.
Barrick finished the game 3-of-5 from the plate, a home run shy of the cycle, with two RBI and Anderson went 2-of-4 with the solo home run. BSU left 10 runners on base and went 2-of-11 from the plate with runners in scoring position while UMC left 11 runners on and went 8-of-24 with runners in scoring position.
vs. William Jewell
– W, 9-7
Bemidji State’s relief pitching guided the team to an extra-inning win in game two as junior pitchers Kenny Morris and Travis Carruth went 6.1 innings combined with no hits allowed and two strikeouts each. Morris faced 11 batters in 3.1 innings while allowing just one to reach base on four balls. Carruth earned the win after throwing 3.0 innings with just one walk and shutting the Cardinals down in the bottom of the 11th to seal the victory.
Boser put up BSU’s first run of the game on an RBI single to bring home sophomore outfielder Michael O’Malley for a 1-0 lead. William Jewell tied the game in the bottom half before Bemidji State jumped ahead to a 6-1 lead with a five-run fifth inning. Freshman infielder Brooks Bachmann led off the inning with a single and was later brought home on two passed balls and an error. Two walks following BSU’s go-ahead run set up another error by WJC to allow two more runs to score. Sophomore third baseman Tom Keohen drove in the final two runs of the inning on a two-RBI single.
The Cardinals added six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take its first lead of the game, 7-6. BSU took advantage of another WJC error in the seventh inning to tie the game with two outs, 7-7. BSU left one runner on base in each of the eighth, ninth while Carruth sent the WJC side down in order in the eighth and 10th, and stranding two runners in the ninth to take the game to the 11th inning.
Junior first baseman Sam Kalberer led off the final inning with a walk before being pinch-ran for by Anderson. Anderson moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before Keohen hit his second career home run to give BSU its final lead of the game. Carruth garnered two field outs and a strikeout, with one runner left on base by an error, to earn the win.
Bachmann and Keohen each recorded two hits to lead BSU, while Keohen finished with a team-high four RBI. BSU left 11 runners on base compared to nine for WJC, while the Beavers went 3-of-15 with runners in scoring position compared to 3-of-11 for the Cardinals.
Bemidji State continues its spring trip in Fort Scott, Kan., with single nine-inning games on March 9 versus St. Cloud State University, March 10 versus Minnesota Crookston and March 11 versus St. Cloud State.
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).