The Bemidji State University baseball team is set to make the trek west on Highway 2 Thursday, as it battles University of Minnesota Crookston in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader beginning at 2 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
The Beavers split an NSIC series with Upper Iowa University April 20-21 to sit 14-16 overall and 5-9 in league play. The games were scheduled to be played in Bemidji, but were moved to Fayette due to field conditions. BSU fell on day one 2-0 (nine innings) and 18-5 (seven innings, 10-run rule), but battled back to overcome deficits in both games Sunday to win 14-3 (included a nine-run inning) and 11-9 (10 innings). Senior Logan Kalis delivered a two-run, walk-off home run in the 10th of the series finale. BSU has played seven games that have gone into extra innings this season and sit 5-2 in those contests. Freshman Joey Hanowski batted .545 and scored seven runs April 20-21 in the BSU baseball team’s series split with Upper Iowa. In 11 at bats he totaled six hits, drew a walk and didn’t strikeout.
About Minnesota Crookston
Minnesota Crookston (0-31, 0-18 NSIC) lost four games over the weekend to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Golden Eagles fell 22-2 and 11-1 Saturday and then fell 14-0 and 13-1 Sunday. Josh Brehmer currently leads the team with a .269 batting average.
Last Action vs Minnesota Crookston
Last year the Beavers went to Crookston, Minn. and came away with 8-3 and 6-2 victories in a mid-week double dip. Head coach Tim Bellew is 14-1 in his career against the Golden Eagles.
• The Beavers have produced 81 runs in the sixth inning and beyond, while allowing 57.
• BSU is 10-5 when scoring first and 5-4 when posting a run in the first inning. Bemidji State leads its opponent 21-14 in the first inning this season.
• The Beavers have gone into extra innings seven times this season (5-2) 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 eight multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games this season.
• Senior Lewis Baumann recorded a 14-game hitting streak from Feb. 26-April 3 and owns a team-best 15 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games. He is third in the NSIC in batting average with a .427 average.
• 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. He is fourth in the league in strikeouts with 52.
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).