The Bemidji State University baseball team had its home opener moved due to snow and will now battle University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. April 6-7 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series. A doubleheader is scheduled for each day beginning at noon. BSU will still serve as the home team.
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 (11-11, 2-4 NSIC) suffered 5-0 and 8-4 losses to Wayne State College April 3 in a road NSIC series. BSU was blanked for the second time this season, as the squad was only able to muster three hits. Sophomore righty Ross Stein was able to keep BSU in the game through five, as he allowed single runs in the second and third, but a three-run sixth put a tall order on a comeback. The Beavers couldn’t get the bats going in game two until a three-run ninth, but at that point BSU trailed 8-1. Senior right-hander Ryan Van Someren had a quality start for the Beavers and allowed four runs on six hits in six innings, while fanning seven batters.
U-Mary (10-7-1, 1-1 NSIC) had its opening NSIC series at Upper Iowa canceled, so the Marauders began league play April 3 in a doubleheader against No. 14 Minnesota State University, Mankato. The games were scheduled to be played in Mankato, Minn., but were moved to Bismarck, N.D. The teams each posted two runs in the first inning, but a four-run fourth for U-Mary gave it a 6-3 lead that would guide it to an 8-4 game one victory. The Marauders then held the nationally-ranked Mavericks scoreless through six innings and heading to the bottom of the seventh owned a 6-0 lead in game two. MSU then tallied three runs in the seventh and countered a three-run eighth by U-Mary with a six-spot in the bottom half of the inning to sit tied 9-9. The Marauders were unable to post a run in the top of the ninth and the Mavericks capitalized by hitting a walk-off home run to split the doubleheader. Jason Shaul hit three home runs on the day, driving in six runs, scoring five times and finishing 5-for-7 at the plate with a walk. Alex Deyle is batting .360 with a team-leading 18 hits. Kyal Williams owns a 2.16 ERA, a 3-0 record and 30 strikeouts in 33.1 innings pitched.
Last Action vs U-Mary
The Beavers and Marauders split a conference doubleheader in Bismarck, N.D. last season. U-Mary opened the double dip with a 7-4 victory before BSU escaped with a 6-5 win. The Beavers scored all six runs between the third and fifth innings and got a 3-for-4 (one run, one RBI) performance from Lewis Baumann. Jaryd Marks picked up the win on the bump after going seven innings with seven strikeouts. Logan Kalis earned a save after allowing one run on two hits in two innings of work.
• The Beavers have produced 57 runs in the sixth inning and beyond, while allowing 25.
• BSU is 9-3 when scoring first and 5-2 when posting a run in the first inning. Bemidji State leads its opponent 19-8 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 recorded a 14-game hitting streak from Feb. 26-April 3 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).