Beavers move NSIC opener at Upper Iowa to Sunday-Monday
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Beavers move NSIC opener at Upper Iowa to Sunday-Monday
This Week: The Bemidji State University baseball team has moved its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener at Upper Iowa University from March 26-27 to March 27-28 due to weather conditions in Fayette, Iowa. Sunday's doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m., while Monday's twin-bill is set for 12 p.m. 

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Conference Games:
All conference doubleheaders will play a seven inning game first, followed by a nine inning contest. The nine inning game has a 10-run rule after seven complete innings.
 
About Bemidji State:
  The Beavers are 6-8 after posting a 1-5 record March 19-21. BSU went 1-3 at Wayne State College in nonconference play and then went 0-2 against Minnesota State University, Mankato in a nonconference doubleheader played in Wayne, Neb. The Beavers used a four-run top of the seventh inning to erase a 10-7 deficit and slide past the Wildcats 11-10. Sophomore Matt Ellinghuysen posted a career-high three hits (3-for-4), adding his first-career homerun, two RBI and two runs scored. Senior Ryan Guy earned his first win of the season, throwing two shutout innings and allowing just three hits. Sophomore Ryan Brezinski posted the team’s first save of the season. BSU had a 3-1 lead after two innings in game one against MSU March 21, but a six-run third for the Mavericks gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, en route to a 10-5 victory. The Beavers out-hit MSU in game two 5-3, but lost 5-0.  

About Upper Iowa:
The Peacocks are 6-5 this season, averaging 5.6 runs per game, while holding a 4.79 team ERA. UIU is 5-0 when scoring six or more runs. The Peacocks are coming off a trip in Clearwater, Fla. where they went 5-2. Senior outfielder Nick Bergeman is batting .419, leading the team in hits (18), runs (11) and total bases (28). Senior right-hander Josh McKeon is 1-1 in four starts with a 2.77 ERA, allowing eight runs on 22 hits with a team-best 28 strikeouts. Sophomore righty Fabian Lopez is 2-1 and owns a 3.43 ERA, making three starts and allowing 10 runs (eight earned) on 16 hits with 21 strikeouts.  

Last Action: Last season the Beavers traveled to Fayette, Iowa and went 1-3 in a conference four-game set. BSU lost the first three games by the scores of 5-3, 11-9 and 8-0, before winning 6-5 in the finale. The Beavers used a three-run top of the seventh to gain the victory.  

Team Notes
• The Beavers are on a four-game losing streak, losing to Wayne State College and Minnesota State.
• BSU shut-out Minot State 7-0 March 11, blanking its first opponent since the 2010 season opener in a 7-0 victory against University of Minnesota, Crookston.
• The Beavers were batting .341 as a team through March 20 to rank No. 7 in the nation. They owned a .963 fielding percentage to rank No. 47.
• BSU has committed the third least errors in the NSIC with 16, trailing Upper Iowa (13) and Concordia University (14).
• The Beavers have combined for five triples this season, last season the team posted just eight three-baggers all year long.
• BSU is 6-1 when scoring at least six runs and are 6-3 when out-hitting the opponent.

Player Notes
• Sophomore Phil Bray threw a complete game shutout against Minot State March 11. He allowed just three hits and fanned four batters.
• Senior Nick Jelacie and junior Juan Molero have posted seven-game hitting streaks this season. Freshman Cody Bergquist is on a team-best five-game hitting streak.
• Freshman Dylan Webb leads BSU in batting (at least 2.0 TPA/game) with a .387 batting average.
• Senior Colton Smith has six doubles to lead the team, sit tied for second in the league and rank No. 16 in the nation.

NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll: The Beavers were tabbed 11th in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released by league officials Jan. 19. The Beavers received 55 votes after closing the 2010 season with a 16-37 overall and 7-25 NSIC record, finishing 11th in the final league standings. Seniors Colton Smith (3B/OF, Waddell, Ariz.) and Ryan Sander (RHP/1B, St. James, Minn.) were tabbed Bemidji State’s Players to Watch.
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