BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference baseball doubleheader between Bemidji State University and University of Minnesota, Crookston scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start Wednesday, April 20 at the BSU Baseball Field, will now begin at 5 p.m.
A weekend snow storm forced the BSU coaching staff and student-athletes to conduct a snow removal effort Tuesday to prepare the field for the games Wednesday. Moving the games back will give them more time to prepare the field and also provide the area with some springtime twilight baseball.
The Beavers (11-18, 5-10 NSIC) are coming off two NSIC road victories April 18 at University of Minnesota Duluth by the scores of 9-5 and 2-1 in 11 innings. The wins snapped a 10-game losing skid. Minnesota, Crookston is 0-24 on the season, with an 0-16 record in conference play.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
This Week: The Bemidji State University baseball team hosts University of Minnesota, Crookston April 20 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at BSU Baseball Field. First pitch is slated for a 5 p.m. start. The twin-bill starts an eight-game homestand for the Beavers.
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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: After losing game one 6-3 to University of Minnesota Duluth April 17 the Beavers (11-18 overall and 5-10 NSIC) rebounded with 9-5 and 2-1 (11 innings) victories April 18 to snap a 10-game losing streak that dated back to March 28 at Upper Iowa University. Pitching was the strong point for the Beavers in the two games, as BSU’s most consistent starters came to the mound and threw gems. Sophomore Phil Bray (LHP, Chatfield, Minn.) went eight strong in game one to move to 2-2 on the season and senior Ryan Sander (1B/RHP, St. James, Minn.) threw an 11 inning complete game to also improve to 2-2 on the season. Combined the two pitchers struckout 13 batters and walked just four.
About Minnesota, Crookston: The Golden Eagles are 0-24 overall and 0-16 in NSIC play. Most recently UMC lost to Northern State University by the scores of 3-2, 8-7, 7-0 and 13-10. Junior Chris Ciatti owns a .299 batting average, leading the team in hits (23), runs (11), doubles (6) and total bases (32). Freshman Nick Kelzer is 0-6 with a 7.02 ERA. He has appeared in nine games, starting six, pitching 33.1 innings and allowing 37 runs (26 earned) on 53 hits. He has 18 strikeouts.
Last Action vs UMC: Last season the Beavers played two nonconference games at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis, winning 7-0 and 8-4. Head coach Tim Bellew is 10-1 against UMC as the BSU skipper and 3-0 at home.
• The Beavers are 3-1 in extra innings this season with wins against Arizona Christian University (10-8 in 11), Upper Iowa (3-2 in 11) and Minnesota Duluth (2-1 in 11). BSU lost to Concordia-St. Paul 7-5 in 10 innings April 9.
• BSU is 4-1 in games decided by one run.
• The Beavers have combined for five triples this season, last season the team posted just eight three-baggers.
• BSU is 8-3 when scoring at least six runs and are 3-15 when scoring five runs or less. The Beavers are 7-3 when out-hitting the opponent.
• BSU has one loss when holding a lead after four.
• The Beavers have picked-off a league best 13 runners, four of them are victims of sophomore lefty Phil Bray, who leads the league.
• The Beavers have a .962 fielding percentage, ranking tied for first in the NSIC and No. 49 in the nation (through games 4/17).
• BSU has the second least errors this season with 36, behind Concordia-St. Paul (30).
• The Beavers have allowed 181 runs this season, 63 (35%) have come in the first two innings.
• BSU has a .263 batting average with runners in scoring position and has grounded into 20 double plays, which ranks second in the NSIC.
• The Beavers defeated Upper Iowa 1-0 March 27. The last time BSU won 1-0 was March 2, 2003 at home versus Concordia University, St. Paul.
• BSU opened NSIC play 3-0. The last time they opened 3-0 in NSIC play was in 1993 with a four-game sweep of University of Minnesota-Morris in mid-April.
• The Beavers shut-out Minot State 7-0 March 11, with the 1-0 victory at UIU March 27, the Beavers have earned two shutouts for the first time since 2003 when that team had three.
• Sophomore Phil Bray has a team-leading 36 strikeouts; his 13 Ks looking sits T-7th in the NSIC.
• Senior Ryan Sander has walked just five batters in 37 innings to rank T-3rd in the NSIC.
• He has allowed 15 runs this season, ranking 10th in the league.
• Sophomore Ryan Brezinski’s two saves is seventh in the NSIC.
• Bray threw a complete game shutout against Minot State March 11. He allowed just three hits and fanned four batters.
• Sander also threw a complete game shutout, winning 1-0 March 27 at Upper Iowa, allowing six hits and striking out seven.
• Senior Nick Jelacie hit four homeruns in three games April 9-12. His five homers are T-2nd in the NSIC.
• His .582 slugging percentage is eighth in the league.
• Jelacie has been hit by a pitch seven times this season to rank tied for second in the NSIC.
• He not only sacrifices his body, but his bat as well, sitting tied for fourth in the league with three sacrifice flies.
• Senior Colton Smith has nine doubles to lead the team and sit tied for seventh in the league.
• With seven stolen bases (8-for-8) Smith ranks T-7th in the NSIC.
• Smith has a team-best nine multi-hit games (two three hit games).
• Sophomore Logan Kalis is the only player this season to have four hits in a game, doing so against Valley City State March 13.
• Senior Brian Murphy (vs Minot State March 11) and freshman Zach Braun (vs Arizona Christian March 9) are the only Beavers to record four RBI in a game.
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.