Senior outfielder Trevor Purvis (Rio Rancho, N.M.) joined the Bemidji State baseball team in 2012 after playing growing up in New Mexico and playing junior college ball in Arizona. He has been a regular in the BSU lineup since he stepped on campus and this season is batting a healthy .400. BSUBeavers.com decided to catch up with Purvis to see how he has adjusted to Bemidji in the second installment of Around the Horn with the BSU Baseball Team.
BSUBeavers.com: Coming from New Mexico and playing in Arizona, how did you end up in Bemidji?
Trevor Purvis: I knew P.J. McIntee (former assistant coach and player at Bemidji State). I played for him in the Boise Summer League and he advised me to come up here and try it out.
BSUBeavers.com: Did you know much about Minnesota when you decided to make the trek up north?
TP: No, I had no idea what I was getting into. I had never seen the place, never been to Minnesota, anything like that. I just came up here and wanted to play some baseball.
BSUBeavers.com: What has this winter been like for you (compared to last year’s winter) coming from New Mexico?
TP: It’s been a lot different from last year. Last year we came back from spring break and the snow was all melted and we could get outside and play, but there’s a lot of snow on the field and a lot of snow outside so it’s a little different now.
BSUBeavers.com: Did you have any winter gear before you came up this far North?
TP: Yeah, I went snowboarding in the mountains, but I wasn’t used to wearing it everyday. It’s a little different, I’ve got to get some more clothes.
BSUBeavers.com: Have you taken up any Bemidji-like activities? Ice fishing? Sledding? Skiing? Snowman building?
TP: No snowmen, but I’ve been spearing and ice fishing, I like spearing, it’s pretty fun.
BSUBeavers.com: Heard you took up a challenge in practice last week that involved wearing goggles at the plate. Can you explain?
TP: Right before my at bat against one of our sophomores, Brownie (Zach Braun) gave me them and told me to wear them for the at bat. He threw me a first pitch curve ball and I hit cage bomb after he told me that he’d strike me out, so I might have to try those out for while.
BSUBeavers.com: You are hitting the ball well right now, what has been working?
TP: I’m just trying to simplify things, trying to stay short and put the bat on the ball. I’m comfortable in the two hole and getting a lot of good pitches to hit.
BSUBeavers.com: Being your second year playing at this level, has it helped seeing this type of caliber baseball?
TP: Yeah, I’ve kind of adjusted to getting change-ups, curve balls and fastball counts. That’s kind of helped me adjust and look for a different pitch to hit.
BSUBeavers.com: What’s it like to hang out in Bemidji for the summer?
TP: The summers here are beautiful. The lake life, the sun and everything. Its really nice up here and everything is green. I can’t wait to spend this summer in Bemidji too.
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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).