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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Sioux Falls Stadium) -- A seventh-inning burst allowed the Bemidji State University baseball team to complete a seven-run comeback to earn its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over the University of Sioux Falls, 18-11. Sophomore Tom Keohen sealed the game with a ninth-inning grand slam to finish with five RBI and help the Beavers improve to 2-9 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Bemidji State took the early lead in the top of the first inning as senior Noah Boser reached base on an error and was driven home on a ground out by senior Isaiah Grancorvitz. Sioux Falls came back in the bottom half with five runs on four hits, while leaving the bases loaded, before adding two runs in the second and one in the third to take an 8-1 lead.
The Beavers got back on the scoreboard to eat into the Cougars lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. After a hit by pitch to start the inning, USF walked two batters while a fielder’s choice and an error allowed sophomores Michael O’Malley and Jake Carlson to score. The Cougars added one run in the fifth inning before the Beavers continued to rally with 10 runs over the sixth and seventh.
BSU’s first three batters reached base to start the sixth inning before Grancorvitz hit an RBI single to center field, junior Sam Kalberer drew an RBI walk and freshman Zach Listiak hit a sac fly for the final run of the inning. Bemidji State started its go-ahead inning with two walks and a single to load the bases. Keohen was hit by a pitch to drive in the first of seven runs in the inning, while an error allowed BSU to cut its deficit to two. Kalberer drew an RBI walk followed by two two-RBI hits by Listiak and O’Malley to give the Beavers a 13-10 lead heading into the eighth inning.
The Beavers were held scoreless in the eighth inning but essentially secured the victory with five runs in the top of the ninth. BSU scored on a two-out error that also loaded the bases, which set up a grand slam by Keohen for an 18-10 BSU lead.
Junior pitcher Kenny Morris closed the final 4.0 innings of the game for BSU, including allowing just one hit to seal the victory in the bottom of the ninth inning. He allowed just two hits and one earned run with two strikeouts to earn his first career win on the mound.
Grancorvitz and O’Malley led BSU with two hits each, while Keohen finished the day with five RBI and Listiak recorded three. All nine of Bemidji State’s batters scored a run, including four by Boser and Carlson.
After a schedule change early Saturday morning, Bemidji State and Sioux Falls will complete a three-game series with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
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).