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BASEBALL: Cougars take opener from Bemidji State in tight 5-3 race

The Bemidji State baseball team made things interesting against Sioux Falls on Saturday in Brandon, S.D., but the intrigue only went so far as a 5-3 loss for the Beavers.

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Bemidji State Beavers

BRANDON, S.D. -- The Bemidji State baseball team made things interesting against Sioux Falls on Saturday in Brandon, S.D., but the intrigue only went so far as a 5-3 loss for the Beavers.

As the visiting team on the scoreboard, the Cougars (16-15, 8-8 NSIC) assumed the early lead with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning off the bat of Noah Christenson. But BSU (4-24, 1-13 NSIC) answered back when Tom Keohen blasted a solo shot of his own to make it 2-1.

USF tacked on RBI singles in the sixth and seventh frames, but Bemidji State cut back within 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Jack Munson knocked a two-RBI single that scored Parker Borg and Isaiah Biehn.

In the eighth, Sioux Falls tallied another run to make for a 5-3 lead. The Beavers managed to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the eighth and bottom of the ninth, but the offense dried up there in the close loss.

Logan Barrick got saddled with the loss on the mound for BSU. He went 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits while striking out five.

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The two teams will return to the field for a doubleheader that starts at noon on Sunday, April 10, back in Brandon, S.D.

Sioux Falls 5, Bemidji State 3

USF 200 001 110 -- 5-9-0

BSU 000 100 200 -- 3-6-0

WP: Ditmarson (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

LP: Barrick (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)

S: Krout (6)

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