Lavin throws eight strikeouts as Beavers face Warriors on the road

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Win: Banaszynski (2-0) 7.052109
Loss: Lavin (0-2) 5.065348
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Win: Kramer (1-0) 7.040004
Loss: Fietek (0-2) 4.198715
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Simon (BSU) 301000
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Lavin throws eight strikeouts as Beavers face Warriors on the road
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Lavin throws eight strikeouts as Beavers face Warriors on the road

WINONA, Minn. (Loughrey Field) -- Freshman pitcher Will Lavin entered Wednesday’s doubleheader for Bemidji State University baseball with seven strikeouts on the season and exited with more than double during the team’s trip to take on Winona State University. The Beavers (1-9, 0-5 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) fell in game one, 5-2, and game two, 10-0, as sophomore Tom Keohen accounted for both of BSU’s runs on the day.

Game One – L, 5-2
Lavin (0-2) threw 5.0 innings with a career-high eight strikeouts, entering the game with four in two appearances this season, and opened with two in the bottom of the first inning. The Beavers struck first offensively in the second inning as Keohen sent a double to right center field with two outs. He then advanced to third on a passed ball and gave BSU a 1-0 lead by crossing home on a wild pitch.

Lavin added another strikeout in the bottom of the second before Winona State tied the game with an RBI fielder’s choice. After another WSU run scored on an RBI single in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead, Lavin punched out back-to-back batters to leave a runner stranded. Lavin bounced back to retire the Warriors side in order in the fourth inning before WSU extended its lead with on a two-RBI double in the fifth. Lavin struck out his final two batters to finish the fifth inning.

Bemidji State’s final chance at the plate came in the top of the seventh as senior Isaiah Grancorvitz reached second base on an error to lead off the BSU order. Keohen brought in Grancorvitz with a one-out RBI double to center field to cut the deficit to three, 5-2. BSU followed with a pop-up out and a strikeout to end the game.

Keohen accounted for both of BSU’s runs while going 2-of-3 from the plate, both hits coming as doubles. Junior Parker Borg also went 2-of-3 and recorded two stolen bases. The Beavers left four runners on base compared to seven for the Warriors,

In addition to his career-high strikeout total, Lavin allowed three earned runs on six hits and four walks against 25 batters faced. Junior Kenny Morris threw the final 1.0 inning for BSU with one hit allowed, one strikeout and one walk.

Game Two – L, 10-0
Sophomore pitcher Alex Fietek (0-2) also recorded two strikeouts to start his game while the Beavers followed with an empty scoring opportunity in the top of the second inning. Junior designated hitter Logan Barrick led off the inning with a single followed by a double by Grancorvitz. The lead runner was thrown out on a fielder’s choice while the following two batters were sent down.

The Warriors crossed one run in the bottom of the second inning on a wild pitch to take its final lead of the game. WSU followed with two runs in the third inning on back-to-back hits before a six-run inning in the bottom of the fifth to extend its lead to 9-0. The BSU batting order was only able to reach three baserunners after the second inning.

Barrick, Borg, Grancorvitz and freshman Carter Simon each recorded one of BSU’s four hits on the day. Fietek finished with a career-high five strikeouts on the mound with only one walk allowed in 4.1 innings pitched. Senior pitcher Travis Carruth finished the final 1.2 innings with two strikeouts, one walk, four hits and two earned runs allowed.

Bemidji State remains on the road for a three-game series March 27-28 at the University of Sioux Falls. The Beavers and Cougars will play a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. Saturday and a single nine-inning game at 12 p.m. Sunday at Canaries Stadium in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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).