Carruth closes out back-and-forth game as Beaver Baseball takes 10-9 win

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Win: Haggenmiller (2-2) 1.242221
Loss: Schroeder (1-1) 1.152201
Simon (BSU) 613100
Kalberer (BSU) 503200
Grancorvitz (BSU) 533000
Bezdicek (SMSU) 443000
Smith (SMSU) 423110
Carruth closes out back-and-forth game as Beaver Baseball takes 10-9 win
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Carruth closes out back-and-forth game as Beaver Baseball takes 10-9 win
(Photo Credit: SMSU Athletics)

MARSHALL, Minn. (Alumni Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball batters and pitchers came through when needed as six student-athletes recorded multiple hits and a quick ninth-inning save gave the team a 10-9 win during the series finale at Southwest Minnesota State University. Senior Isaiah Grancorvitz scored three runs, sophomore Michael O’Malley drove in three RBI and junior pitcher Travis Carruth earned his second save of the season as the Beavers improve to 4-21 overall and 3-17 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Facing a 1-0 deficit heading into the top of the second inning, Bemidji State put together five hits for a four-run top half and the second of five lead changes in the game. O’Malley began a string of four straight BSU batters to reach base with two outs after hitting a two-RBI double for the go-ahead runs. Freshman Carter Simon and junior Sam Kalberer followed with an RBI single each to give the Beavers a 4-1 lead.

Neither team garnered a base runner until the bottom of the fourth inning when SMSU recorded two hits and scored one run to cut the BSU lead in half. The Mustangs then came back in the bottom of the fifth inning with four hits and four runs to regain its lead, 6-4, while freshman pitcher Hunter Haggenmiller (2-2) entered to pitch and left the bases loaded.

Four of Bemidji State’s first five hitters of the sixth inning reached base, including RBI hits from sophomore Tom Keohen, freshman Jack Munson and sophomore John Perkins. Perkins doubled to right center field to drive in Munson for a 7-6 lead before an RBI single from Kalberer drove in Perkins to extend the lead to 8-6. The Mustangs again answered with a two-run sixth inning on three hits while two runners were left stranded by Haggenmiller.

Grancorvitz put a one-out double into left center field during the top of the seventh inning to set up BSU’s go-ahead run. Munson and O’Malley recorded back-to-back singles with two outs, the latter of which brought Grancorvitz in for a 9-8 lead. Freshman pitcher Jacob Mathiason entered to pitch in the bottom of the seventh and sent the SMSU side down in order to bring up the BSU batting order in the eighth. The Beavers loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth and pushed the lead to 10-8 on a sacrifice fly by senior Noah Boser. Two ground outs limited BSU from extending the lead further as two runners were left stranded.

After the Mustangs scored one run in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the Beavers’ lead to one, 10-9, Carruth entered for a save opportunity to end the game. He retired all three batters faced in the bottom of the ninth inning on a line out, fly out and pop up.

Grancorvitz, Kalberer and Simon recorded three hits each as part of 17 total for the Beavers in the game. In total, six Beavers recorded multiple hits on the day, including O’Malley who led the team with three RBI and Grancorvitz who led with three runs scored. Haggenmiller earned the win after throwing 1.2 innings with two earned runs allowed on four hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Bemidji State conclude a five-game road trip April 21 with a doubleheader beginning at 1:30 p.m. against St. Cloud State University.

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).