Senior Jaryd Marks (1B/RHP, Cottage Grove, Minn.) was an All-NSIC Second Team member a season ago and has continued his success at the plate and on the mound this season for the Bemidji State baseball team. BSUBeavers.com caught up with Marks to talk about his second season as a Beaver, his brother, who played baseball at Augustana College and the move to BSU.
BSUBeavers.com: This is your second year at BSU after playing a couple years at Community College, why did you decide to move to Division II and Bemidji State?
Jaryd Marks (JM): I started at Iowa Lakes and moved here. I like the school, the atmosphere and the outdoors. I couldn’t ask for anything better. It was a perfect fit for me and I enjoy it up here.
BSUBeavers.com: Your brother was already in the league playing for Augustana, talk about your relationship and what it’s like to play against each other.
(JM): It was very competitive. We would always have a competition of who can get more doubles in a year or anything. The competition is good and he’s a great brother.
BSUBeavers.com: What was it like hosting your brother last year?
(JM): It was fun, I was nervous right away. Everybody was like, ‘oh he’s so good, he’s a good hitter’. It was interesting and fun.
BSUBeavers.com: What was it like coming into a league where your brother had established himself as one of the premier players in the league. You came in and did some great things for BSU last year, was there any extra pressure on you to be an all-conference type player?
(JM): Yeah, I put some pressure on me, but I felt like I didn’t have to live up to his expectations, I had my own of what I had to do. I feel like I did what I needed to do.
BSUBeavers.com: At the plate, what were some of the differences between community college and the NSIC?
(JM): They are better pitchers and have more off-speed, not just fast balls. They know how to pitch. They know what they are doing here.
BSUBeavers.com: On the mound last year you got your feet wet in the league, now this year you are one of the top pitchers in the league. What you have worked on, what you have you learned and where you are at now with your arm?
(JM): I just like to go out there and throw strikes, go right at them, not be afraid and have confidence. That’s the main thing, you can’t be afraid of anything out there. You have to think you can get every guy out.
BSUBeavers.com: You know Minnesota winters being from Cottage Grove, Minn., but this spring is ridiculous. What kinds of things have you guys worked on to try and stay sharp with that long break between playing games?
(JM): Yeah this weather is crazy, it keeps us from the outside where we need to be. We stay indoors, take ground balls and hit every day, which keeps us fresh and ready to play.
BSUBeavers.com: You guys have a large senior class. How is the senior leadership on the team and what are you teaching the young guys?
(JM): We have a lot of seniors. It’s nice to have that many and we’re a great group to lead the team and give confidence for next years team to build, as they look forward to the next year. We’ve given them enough experience and our knowledge of the game. They should be set.
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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).