DALLAS – Bemidji State University senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Central Region Player of the Week March 20, in an announcement from the association. The regional honor from NCBWA is the first of the senior’s career and the first under eighth year head coach Tim Bellew.
Baumann led BSU to a 5-1 record at the Tucson Invitational Games March 13-17 with a .583 batting average. He posted a team-high 14 hits in 24 at bats, while batting in the nine-hole position. He recorded seven extra base hits, which include four doubles, two home runs and a triple, totaled 26 bases and posted a 1.083 slugging percentage. The shortstop added eight runs and eight RBIs with one walk and one hit by pitch. He posted a .593 on-base percentage and recorded a stolen base.
In the field he recorded a .957 fielding percentage with 16 assists, six putouts and was apart of three double plays. Baumann posted at least two hits in all six games with two, three-hit contests. The senior was a triple shy of the cycle in a win against Jamestown College March 16 after going 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs.
For his efforts, he was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week.
Baumann leads the NSIC in batting average this season with a .455 mark. His .782 slugging percentage, three home runs and 43 total bases are also a conference best. The senior ranks second in the NSIC in hits (25) and tied for third in doubles (7).
The Beavers (9-7) were idle last week after its NSIC opener at Winona State University was canceled due to weather and field conditions. BSU is on a five-game winning streak and are scheduled to begin league play March 29-30 at Concordia University, St. Paul. The four-game series has already been moved from the CU campus and is scheduled to take place at Minnetonka High School's Veterans Field. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).