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|Win: Ludwig (3-0)||6.0||3||0||0||1||9|
|Loss: Barrick (0-1)||2.2||9||9||8||3||3|
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|Win: Altermatt (1-0)||5.0||9||4||4||1||6|
|Loss: Borg (0-2)||3.2||6||6||6||4||6|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- Saturday’s home opener for the Bemidji State University baseball team was not lacking in runs although BSU fell in a doubleheader sweep to Minnesota State University, Mankato, 11-0 and 14-11. The Beavers (1-6, 0-2 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) nearly made a comeback in game two after trailing by as many as eight runs.
Bemidji State played as the road team, hitting first to start each game, after a site reversal from Mankato, Minn.
Game One - L, 13-0
The opening game of conference play was all Minnesota State as Bemidji State was held to just three hits in the seven-inning affair. MSU jumped ahead to a 4-0 lead in the first inning behind two home runs and an RBI double. The Mavericks added five runs in the third, three in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Senior catcher Isaiah Grancorvitz, junior infielder Sam Kalberer and junior infielder Brendan Paul accounted for each of the Beavers’ three hits. Both teams left eight runners on base while BSU hitters went 0-for-7 from the plate with runners in scoring position.
Game Two - L, 14-11
The BSU bats got hot in the third inning of game two to give the visiting team in the scorebook a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning. The Beavers rattled off five straight hits, led by Kalberer and included RBI singles by junior designated hitter Logan Barrick, junior infielder Tom Keohen and freshman outfielder Michael O’Malley. Starting BSU pitcher Parker Borg also got off a quality start with four strikeouts in the first two innings and six for a career-high in 3.2 innings pitched.
The Mavericks came back in the bottom of the third to tie the game and eventually take a 5-4 lead before adding one run in the fourth and six in the fifth. Grancorvitz began BSU’s comeback attempt with his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field in the sixth inning. After two runs scored by the Mavericks in the bottom of the sixth, the Beavers went on the cross the final five runs of the game. With two runners on base, Barrick started another string of five straight hits for BSU. He and Simon hit back-to-back RBI singles followed by a two-RBI double by Keohen. The fourth run came in on an MSU wild pitch while BSU’s final run of the game was driven in by O’Malley.
Bemidji State left 12 runners on base through the game, including the bases loaded with a one-out opportunity in the fifth inning. Keohen and O’Malley each finished 4-of-5 from the plate in game two while Keohen totaled three RBI to O’Malley’s two. Barrick and Kalberer also added two RBI each.
Bemidji State’s series finale against Minnesota State, originally schedule for 12 p.m. on Sunday, has been pushed up to an 11 a.m. start time at BSU Baseball Field in hopes of avoiding rain.
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).