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BASEBALL: BSU falls to Illinois Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Bemidji State baseball team didn’t allow any crooked numbers on the Illinois Springfield side of the scoreboard, but the Prairie Stars scored one run in five different innings to pick away and take a 5-3 win Tuesday at the UIS Baseball Field in Springfield, Ill.

The Beavers (2-7) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning off of two unearned runs, but Springfield (12-4) replaced their starting pitcher Ethan Howard with Colton Hale, who threw five two-hit innings with five strikeouts and no runs allowed.

Meanwhile, UIS tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second and added a run in each of the fifth, seventh and eighth innings.

In the top of the eighth, Drake Wawro walked, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on a Noah Boser single, but the Beavers were retired before they could rally to tie the game.

Connor McNallan got the start on the hill for BSU, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks while striking out one over three innings. Travis Carruth took the loss in relief, giving up one earned run on four hits with three punchouts, while Jesse Palafox gave up two runs (one earned) over the last two innings.

The Beavers and Prairie Stars rematch at 1 this afternoon at UIS Baseball Field to finish the two-game series.