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BASEBALL: Litchy goes deep twice in loss to UMC

CROOKSTON -- Scott Litchy homered twice in the final game of the Bemidji State baseball team’s doubleheader at Minnesota Crookston Sunday afternoon, though it was not enough in the end. The Golden Eagles (16-19, 2-14 NSIC) won both games with scores of 6-2 and 6-5 to sweep the four-game, non-conference series.

Litchy went 3-for-4 from the plate in the series finale and blasted two home runs despite the Beavers’ (4-22, 2-8 NSIC) second loss of the day.

A bases-loaded walk scored the first run of the day and gave UMC a 1-0 lead after the first inning. The Eagles followed it up with five more runs in the second with four going down as unearned due to errors.

Back-to-back walks and an error allowed Isaiah Grancorvitz to score from second base for BSU’s first run in the fourth inning. A wild pitch to the next batter scored Caleb Carlson from third to narrow the UMC lead to 6-2.

However, the Beavers only put two runners in scoring position the rest of the way and finished with three hits.

Tommy Geisenhof pitched 4 1/3 innings with a career-high five strikeouts, allowing just two hits.

Litchy crushed his first homer in the top of the third inning of the second game, his second of the season. He recorded an RBI single in the fifth inning to score Drake Wawro. After Grancorvitz walked, Noah Boser drove in two runs on a triple to let BSU take a 4-1 lead.

Three runs in the bottom of the fifth for UMC tied the game at 4-all.

Litchy’s final at-bat of the day in the seventh resulted in another solo home run to give BSU a 5-4 lead. His third run-scoring knock of the day gave the Beavers a one-run lead before the Golden Eagles scored on a bases-loaded balk call and a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

Jackson Back started the game and pitched 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and seven hits allowed.

The Beavers will be back in Crookston for a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader Monday, April 16, to face Minnesota State Mankato. The series was moved from Superior, Wis. due to better weather conditions.