ST. PAUL, Minn. - Bemidji State outfielder Jared Podraza (Carter Lake, Iowa) has been named First-Team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in a vote of the league’s coaches, announced today by the NSIC office. Joining Podraza on the All-NSIC team are honorable mention selections John Grindeland (Moorhead, Minn.) and Tony Klaers (Elk River, Minn.).
Podraza started all 41 games he played for BSU as a senior this year, finishing fifth on the team with a .327 batting average. He had 37 hits and tied for third on the team in both doubles (7) and home runs (3). He finished second on the team in on-base percentage (.421), third in runs scored (26) and fifth in total bases (53).
He committed just four errors in 64 chances in the outfield (.938).
In NSIC play only, Podraza played in and started 21 of BSU’s 22 games, finishing third on the team with a .370 average (20-for-54).
From April 16 against Southwest Minnesota State to April 28 against Northern State, Podraza assembled a 12-game hitting streak. He went 16-for-31 (.516) during the streak with four multiple-hit games, eight RBI and 11 runs scored.
Podraza earns All-NSIC honors for the first time in his career.
Grindeland finished second on the team with a .344 batting average this year, leading the team with 52 base hits and tying for the team lead with 30 RBI. He posted seven doubles to tie for third on the team, and he tied for second with 62 total bases. Grindeland finished fifth on the team in slugging percentage (.411) and third in on-base percentage (.417).
Grindeland had a 10-game hitting streak on BSU’s season-opening spring trip from March 5-17. He had two three-hit games during the streak, and posted 10 of his 30 RBI. He later assembled a 13-game hitting streak from April 13-28, posting six multi-hit games and going 20-for-42 at the plate (.476).
Klaers continued to be one of BSU’s most dangerous offensive forces in 2005, and a late-season charge propelled him into the team lead in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.563), on-base percentage (.424), doubles (11) and triples (3). He also tied for first on the squad in both home runs (4) and RBI (30).
Klaers had a 12-game hitting streak from April 9-28, going 20-for-41 (.488) with 18 RBI, including two five-RBI games, and seven multiple-hit games. All four of his home runs came during the streak.
Grindeland and Klaers earned their first career All-NSIC honors.
Bemidji State posted a 10-39 record in 2005, finishing in a fifth-place tie with Northern State in the NSIC standings at 8-14 in league play. BSU’s 49 games played in 2005 set a school single-season record.