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BASEBALL: Bemidji State splits doubleheader as Lavin fires 7 scoreless

After an 11-4 loss in the first game, the Beavers notched the second contest on the strength of starting pitcher Will Lavin’s seven scoreless frames and a five-run third inning, ultimately earning a 7-2 win.

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BRANDON, S.D. – The Bemidji State baseball team split a doubleheader against Sioux Falls on Sunday in Brandon, S.D. After an 11-4 loss in the first game, the Beavers notched the second contest on the strength of starting pitcher Will Lavin’s seven scoreless frames and a five-run third inning, ultimately earning a 7-2 win.

While Lavin slapped zeros on the board in the second game, BSU (5-25, 2-14 NSIC) got to work giving him all the run support he would need. Isaiah Biehn started the rally in the third with an RBI bunt single, while Hunter Daymond followed with an RBI single of his own. Sam Kalberer had the inning’s highlight with a three-run home run that gave Bemidji State the early 5-0 advantage.

Lavin kept it rolling from there, stymieing the Cougars (17-16, 9-9 NSIC) through four more frames to leave the Beavers a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. BSU added on with another run-scoring Daymond single and held on for the victory.

Lavin earned the win with his stellar performance, conceding just three hits total. Andrew Maslowski got the loss for USF, allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings pitched.

In the first game, the two teams were deadlocked at 4-4 until the seventh inning, when Sioux Falls took control with a seven-run frame.

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Matt Graham earned the win for the Cougars with four runs conceded in seven innings, while Travis Carruth took the loss for Bemidji State, conceding three earned runs without recording an out.

The Beavers are scheduled to return to the diamond against Winona State for a doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in Bemidji.

Sioux Falls 11, Bemidji State 4

USF 121 000 7 – 11-11-1

BSU 040 000 0 – 4-6-2

WP: Graham (CG, 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)

LP: Carruth (0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K)

Bemidji State 7, Sioux Falls 2

USF 000 000 011 – 2-5-0

BSU 005 000 11X – 7-11-1

WP: Lavin (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K)

LP: Maslowski (6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

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