Young bats heat up despite losses to Minnesota Crookston

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Loss: Haggenmiller (3-3) 1.222212
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Win: Koep (3-0) 2.111100
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Young bats heat up despite losses to Minnesota Crookston
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Young bats heat up despite losses to Minnesota Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. (UMC Baseball Field) -- The young bats for the Bemidji State University baseball team drove in runs to start the series against the University of Minnesota Crookston on Saturday despite losses of 7-5 and 11-4 in Crookston, Minn. Freshman Jack Munson knocked out his first career home run and freshman Carter Simon drove in three total RBI on the day as the Beavers fall to 7-27 overall and 6-23 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Game One – L, 7-5
The Beavers grabbed the first lead of the day in the top of the third inning as freshman Carter Simon hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot to left field for a 1-0 advantage. BSU starting pitcher Grant Hartmann threw 4.0 scoreless innings before the Golden Eagles added five unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on two home runs.

BSU came back in the seventh inning with a three-run home run by senior Noah Boser to bring the Beavers within one, 5-4, while sophomore Tom Keohen reached base on a single and eventually came home on a passed ball to tie the game. UMC led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk while two batters later was the dagger via a walk-off home run.

Simon went 2-of-4 from the plate with the home run while senior Isaiah Grancorvitz went 2-of-2 with one run scored. Hartmann finished the game with no earned runs allowed on three hits with four strikeouts.

Game Two – L, 11-4
Bemidji State starting pitcher Alex Fietek began game two strong with three scoreless innings before UMC struck with a three-run fourth inning. The Golden Eagles’ two hits in the inning each drove in runs while two were left on base heading into the top of the fifth.

Freshman Jack Munson recorded the first of his two hits on the day in the fifth inning to set up an RBI single by Simon to bring UMC’s deficit to two, 3-1. BSU’s relief pitching kept UMC off the board in the bottom of the fifth but allowed three runs to bring the Golden Eagles’ lead to five, 6-1. The Beavers scored one run in each of the seventh and eighth innings, including Munson’s first career home run, but gave up another three runs to the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the eighth.

Munson led the BSU bats with two hits in four at-bats and two runs scored. Simon drove in two RBI in the game and scored one run while Grancorvitz also added one RBI.

Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston wrap up the three-game series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the UMC Baseball Field.

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).