The Bemidji State University baseball team should see its first action since April 7 when it travels to Fayette, Iowa to battle Upper Iowa University April 20-21 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series. A doubleheader is scheduled for each day, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. BSU will still serve as the home team, as the games were scheduled to take place in Bemidji, Minn.
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
The Beavers (12-14, 3-7 NSIC) had its mid-week doubleheader versus Augustana College (April 10) canceled, were idle last weekend and then were canceled April 17 versus Minnesota State University, Mankato. BSU has had all its 12-game homestand either moved or canceled due to the snow still on the BSU Baseball Field. In their last action, the Beavers went 1-3 in a four-game series against University of Mary April 6-7. BSU won the final game of the series 11-8 in a 15-inning marathon. Senior Lewis Baumann leads the team with a .422 batting average that has been top five in the league in the category the majority of the season. On the bump, senior Jaryd Marks owns a 2-3 record and 2.70 ERA. In 33.1 innings pitched, he has allowed 12 runs on 19 hits and fanned 32 batters.
About Upper Iowa
Upper Iowa is 10-13 overall and 2-4 in conference play. UIU has lost four straight and are 1-7 in its last eight games. The Peacocks hosted Augustana April 16 and fell on two walk-off hits. The Vikings (who were serving as the home team because the game was originally scheduled for Sioux Falls, S.D.) found a single in the eighth to win 7-6 in game one, then a two-run bottom of the seventh in game two handed Augie the 5-4 victory. Mikey Henrichs leads the league in batting average with a .480 mark at the plate. He owns team-highs with 51 total bases, 36 hits and 23 RBIs. On the mound, Martin Valdez is 3-0 with three complete games. He has pitched 31.0 innings and allowed eight earned runs (nine total) on 24 hits with 30 strikeouts.
Last Action vs Upper Iowa
Last year Upper Iowa visited Bemidji and took three of four from the Beavers. BSU won the opener 12-1, but proceeded to fall 8-5, 8-1 and 8-4. Phil Bray two-hit the Peacocks in the win, while Logan Kalis went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored.
• The Beavers have produced 69 runs in the sixth inning and beyond, while allowing 40.
• BSU is 10-5 when scoring first and 5-4 when posting a run in the first inning. Bemidji State leads its opponent 21-11 in the first inning this season.
• The Beavers have gone into extra innings five times this season (4-1) 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 was the best by any NSIC team in 2013 until April 15.
• Senior Logan Kalis posted a 14-game hitting streak Feb. 16-March 29. He has seven 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 13 multi-hit games and five 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).