Beavers’ rally falls short in opening day sweep to Bulldogs

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Beavers’ rally falls short in opening day sweep to Bulldogs
Friday, May 7, 2021
Beavers’ rally falls short in opening day sweep to Bulldogs

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team nearly overcame two two-run deficits in Friday’s series opening doubleheader to the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers took losses of 10-3 and 10-9 as the Beavers drop to 7-32 overall and 6-28 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Game One – L, 10-3
The Beavers began the bottom of the first inning with five straight hits, the second of which was an RBI double by junior Sam Kalberer to extend his on-base streak to 28 games, which is the longest for the program since at least 2007. Senior Isaiah Grancorvitz followed to drive in Kalberer on an RBI infield single to exit the first with a 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs crossed one run with two runners left on base to start the second inning before senior Noah Boser threw a runner out at home to preserve the Beavers’ lead. BSU came back with back-to-back hits to start the bottom half before junior Parker Borg drove in freshman Brooks Bachmann on an RBI ground out and extended the lead back to two, 3-1.

UMD used four hits in the top of the fourth inning to take its first lead of the game. Two of its four hits came during the first three at-bats while two run-scoring hits came with two outs, a two-RBI double and RBI triple for a 4-3 advantage. The Bulldogs used another two-out RBI double in the sixth and five runs in the seventh to build its lead to seven, 10-3.

After starting with seven hits through the first two innings, Bemidji State recorded five with six runners left on base over the remainder of the game. BSU recorded one hit in each inning but left all on base, including Boser in the bottom of the seventh following a two-out double.

Boser, Grancorvitz, sophomore Michael O’Malley and freshman Carter Simon led the team with two hits each. Borg, Grancorvitz and Kalberer each drove in a run. BSU hit .400 from the plate overall but just .263 with runners on base and .167 with runners in scoring position.

Game Two – L, 10-9
Bemidji State got another early lead in game two as the first five BSU batters reached base. Kalberer’s on-base streak reached 29 games with an RBI single up the middle followed by an RBI double by Grancorvitz and a two-RBI double by Boser to grab a 4-0 lead after the first inning.

After recording four hits in the bottom of the first, BSU was only able to get one between the second and third. UMD took advantage to score one run on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, three runs on four hits to tie the game, 4-4, in the top of the fourth and two runs to take the lead in the fifth, 6-4.

The Beavers ate into the Bulldogs’ lead with an RBI single by O’Malley in the bottom of the fifth inning before loading the bases with one out. A potential sacrifice fly sent Boser to the plate from third who was thrown out to end the inning trailing, 6-5. BSU went on to tie the game, 6-6, with three straight base runners in the sixth inning, the last of which was an RBI single by Borg to drive in Simon.

The Bulldogs jumped ahead again in the top of the eighth inning, 8-6, with two runs on two hits and one BSU error. Back-to-back UMD errors to start the bottom of the eighth inning, though, jump started another BSU comeback. With a runner on base, Simon singled as both runners advanced on an error. Kalberer grounded out to drive in one run before Borg doubled to center field to tie the game, 8-8. Another throwing error at first base put the go-ahead run on third with one out. Boser traded a ground out for the go-ahead run to take a 9-8 lead into the ninth inning.

The Bulldogs took their third and final lead in the top of the ninth inning as back-to-back two-out doubles set up the go-ahead run. An RBI double to center field drove in the tying run while an RBI single down the left field line gave UMD a 10-9 lead. The Beaver offense came up empty in the final half inning as all three batters were retired in order.

Borg and Grancorvitz led BSU with three hits each, and also scored two runs apiece. Boser drove in three RBI on two hits while Simon scored three runs on one hit and two walks.

As a team, BSU went .341 (14-41) from the plate but 0-of-7 with two outs, compared to UMD which went 9-of-18 from the plate with two outs. The Beavers left nine baserunners stranded while the Bulldogs left 11 men on.

Bemidji State’s 2021 season finishes at 12 p.m. Saturday with the series finale versus Minnesota Duluth at BSU Baseball Field. Twelve seniors will be honored throughout the game, culminating with the senior day presentation following the game.

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).