SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- For the second consecutive week, the Bemidji State University baseball team held the ninth spot in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Central Region poll, released today. The Beavers (10-11, 1-3 NSIC) recorded 10 points in the poll.
BSU went 1-3 in a four-game series against Wayne State College March 21-22 that opened their home and NSIC schedule. The home opener Sunday was the earliest BSU has hosted a baseball game in its 58 years of existence. The Beavers had hosted just 10 games in March all-time previous to the four-game set, posting a 3-7 record in those contests. BSU lost 15-2 (7) and won 7-6 Sunday and fell 11-9 and 19-2 Monday. In the win, the Beavers used a six-run sixth inning to erase a 5-1 deficit to take a 7-5 lead into the top of the seventh. The Wildcats scored one, but the home team was able to hold on for the victory. In the series, senior right fielder Joe Chism (Great Bend, Kan.) went 7-for-14 (.500), with four runs, three RBI, and six putouts, while recording his eighth double and second home run of the season.
Heading the poll for the fourth straight week is Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s New Mexico Highlands, receiving five first place votes and totalling 59 points. NSIC teams hold the 2-4 spots, with Minnesota State University, Mankato second (52), St. Cloud State University third (47) and Winona State University fourth (46). Mesa State College rounds out the top five with 26 points.
BSU is set to host Augustana College, who is ranked tied for sixth in the central region poll, March 27-28 in a four-game conference series. Both doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday are slated for noon at the BSU Baseball Field.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
|Rk.||Team (First place votes)||Record||Pts||Prev.
|1||New Mexico Highlands (5)||17-5||59||1|
|3||St. Cloud State, Minn.||17-4||47||4|
|4||Winona State, Minn.||10-4||46||3|
|5||Mesa State, Colo.||13-8||26||6|
|9||Bemidji State, Minn.||10-9||10||9|
|10||Metro State, Colo.||10-10||8||7|
|Dropped out: #10 University of Mary, N.D.|
|Also receiving votes: None|