BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Bemidji State University senior lefty Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week Monday, in an announcement from the league office. The conference honor is the first of the Bray’s career.
The weekly conference award is the second for Bemidji State this season, as senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named NSIC Player of the Week March 18.
Bray didn’t allow a run in eight innings of a start in the Beavers’ NSIC opener March 29. He was credited with a no decision in the 2-0, 10-inning (scheduled seven-innings) victory against Concordia University, St. Paul. The senior lefty allowed just three hits (all singles) and totaled 13 strikeouts to tie a career-high and record the most Ks by an NSIC pitcher this season. In 25 at-bats, CU mustered just a .120 batting average.
Under eighth-year head coach Tim Bellew, five student-athletes have been named NSIC Player of the Week and four have earned the NSIC Pitcher of the Week award. The last pitcher of the week came April 27, 2010 when Dan Bauer earned the honor.
BSU (11-9, 2-2 NSIC) continues NSIC play at Wayne State College (12-6, 4-0 NSIC) April 3 with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.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).