CROOKSTON, Minn. (UMC Baseball Field) -- Sunday’s series finale between the Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota Crookston baseball programs featured five lead changes and a 9-8 Golden Eagles win as part of a three-game sweep. The Beavers, who fall to 7-28 overall and 6-24 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, totaled three home runs in the game and led 8-6 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Beavers began their home run plate appearances in the top of the third inning as freshman Carter Simon and junior Parker Borg each sent out long balls to overcome a two-run deficit. Simon drove in sophomore Derek Dolezal on his two-run home run, his fourth of the season, while Borg scored on a solo home run, his first of the season, to put BSU ahead, 3-2.
After UMC tied the game with an RBI double in the fifth inning, sophomore Tom Keohen jumped on the home run bandwagon with a two-run shot to left field to give the lead back to BSU, 5-3. The Golden Eagles came back in the bottom of the sixth inning with three runs to take a 6-5 advantage, but senior Noah Boser added the fourth lead change of the day with a bases loaded three-RBI triple. His eighth career triple, one shy of tying the BSU career record, gave the Beavers an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
The lead changed again in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Golden Eagles hit two home runs to go ahead by one, 9-8. The Beavers rally chances were shot down in the top of the ninth inning as the side was retired in order.
Borg led the BSU offense with three hits, including a double and home run, while scoring two runs. Junior Sam Kalberer extended his on-base streak to 25 games, the most for the program since 2016.
Bemidji State will close out its regular season with five home games between May 5-8, beginning with a doubleheader Wednesday versus Minot 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).