The Bemidji State University baseball team continues Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play April 3 with a doubleheader at Wayne State College beginning at 1:30 p.m.
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. If game one goes into extra innings, game two becomes a seven-inning contest.
About Bemidji State
Bemidji State (11-9, 2-2 NSIC) split its NSIC opener 2-2 with Concordia University, St. Paul March 29-30. BSU posted a 2-0 victory in 10 innings in game one of the series, but fell 5-4 in game two. In the March 30 doubleheader, the Beavers lost 6-1 before it defeated the Golden Bears 7-6 in game two. Senior Lewis Baumann got both game-winning hits for Bemidji State, the first was a two-run home run in the 10th inning of game one of the series, and the second capped a four-run inning for the Beavers that gave it a 7-2 lead. Senior lefty Phil Bray started game one and went eight innings. He didn’t allow a run, gave-up just three hits and fanned a 2013 NSIC-best 13 batters. BSU is 3-1 in extra inning games this season and 3-5 in contests decided by one run.
About Wayne State
Wayne State went 4-0 March 29-30 at home against University of Minnesota Crookston with 9-0, 3-1, 8-0 and 9-0 victories. WSC is 8-1 in its last nine game and owns 12-6 overall and 4-0 NSIC records. The Wildcats rank ninth in batting average this season with a .272 mark. On the mound, WSC has posted the second-best ERA in the league at 2.80. Blake Brisson is hitting .390 and owns a team-high 23 hits. On the bump, Tadd Johansen is 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA (third in the NSIC). In 35.1 innings pitched he has allowed three earned runs and fanned 36 batters.
Last Action vs WSC
The Beavers and Wildcats have already met once this season at the H.H.H. Metrodome Feb. 21. WSC came away with identical 3-2 victories in the doubleheader, as game two went nine innings. Head Coach Tim Bellew is 3-27 against Wayne State as the Beaver skipper. He is 2-14 versus the Wildcats in Wayne, Neb.
• The Beavers have produced 54 runs in the sixth inning and beyond, while allowing just 18.
• BSU is 9-3 when scoring first and 5-2 when posting a run in the first inning. Bemidji State leads its opponent 19-5 in the first inning this season.
• The Beavers have gone into extra innings four times this season (3-1) after only going past the scheduled number of innings once in 2012.
• BSU posted 22 hits in the 12-5 March 16 victory against Minot State. The single game hit total is the best by any NSIC team in 2013.
• Senior Logan Kalis posted a 14-game hitting streak Feb. 16-March 29. He has six multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games this season.
• Senior Lewis Baumann is on a 13-game hitting streak and owns a team-best 11 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games.
• Senior Phil Bray recorded 13 strikeouts against Concordia-St. Paul March 29 to tie a career-high and own the most strikeouts by an NSIC player this season.
NSIC Preseason Poll
After narrowly missing the post season and finishing eighth in 2012 with a 16-20 league record, the Bemidji State University baseball team was picked to finish seventh in the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll. BSU earned 112 points and the seventh spot in the poll – its highest since 2008.
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper listed its 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) NCAA Division II Preseason All-Americans in late January. Included as an ABCA Preseason All-American from the Central Region were Bemidji State University’s Zach Braun (Jr., C/1B, Lakeville, Minn.) and Logan Kalis (Sr., 1B/RHP/1B, Little Falls, Minn.).
Senior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) was named a Central Region Player to Watch, while freshman Joey Hanowski (INF/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) was named a Newcomer to Watch.
The Preseason All-American awards are the first of their kind under head coach Tim Bellew, who is in his eighth season at BSU.
NSIC and NCBWA Central Region Player of the Week
Senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week March 18, then National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Central Region Player of the Week March 20.
Baumann is the first regional player of the week during head coach Tim Bellew’s eight seasons at BSU.
He posted a .583 batting average on a team-high 14 hits in 24 at bats, while batting in the nine-hole position. He recorded seven extra base hits, which included 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.
NSIC Pitcher of the Week
Senior lefty Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week April 1, in an announcement from the league office.
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.
He is the ninth student-athlete under head coach Tim Bellew to earn a player of the week honor from the league. (Five player, four pitcher of the week honors).
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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).