The Bemidji State University baseball team had its road Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference four-game series against Minot State University moved back a day to April 28-29 and location changed to Williston, N.D. due to unplayable field conditions in Minot, N.D. Sunday’s doubleheader is set to begin at 3 p.m., while Monday’s twin bill is slated for a noon start.
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 are coming off a doubleheader sweep of University of Minnesota Crookston April 25, winning 18-0 in game one and 6-1 in game two. The victories made four straight for BSU and improved its record to 16-16 overall and 7-9 in NSIC play to sit 10th in the league standings. Thursday, senior Logan Kalis posted a two-hit, complete game shutout, while the Beaver offense exploded for 17 hits, led by a 4-for-6 performance from senior Jaryd Marks. All Beaver batters found a hit and scored a run, while six players posted two hits and seven players totaled two or more runs. BSU recorded 15 hits in game two, guided by three hits from freshman Cody Jenkins (3-for-5) and senior Matt Ellinghuysen (3-for-4). BSU again got strong pitching, as senior right-hander Ryan Van Someren (Milaca, Minn.) started and threw five complete. He allowed an unearned run on four hits with seven K’s and two walks. He improved to 3-1 in 2013. Senior Lewis Baumann is third in the league and 24th nationally with a .416 batting average. Senior lefty Phil Bray owns 10.3 strikeouts per nine to rank fifth in the NSIC and 36th nationally.
About Minot State
Minot State enters the weekend losers of its last six and owns a 10-18 overall record and 2-12 NSIC mark. After falling to University of Sioux Falls in four consecutive games April 20-21, the Beavers were upended by Augustana College 14-0 and 7-4 Thursday in a home doubleheader that was moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. MISU’s two conference victories came on the same day against Upper Iowa University April 13. Minot State won game one of the double dip 6-2 and game two 5-4. Leading the team at the plate is Mitch Olson, who owns a .392 batting average with 38 hits (11 doubles), 21 RBIs and 18 runs scored. On the bump starter Cole Stober has a 4.45 ERA, is 1-3 in six starts and has totaled 32.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 25 runs on 47 hits with a team-high 27 strikeouts. Reliever Doug Rolfson has a 4.11 ERA and a 1-1 record in seven appearances and 15.1 total innings pitched.
Last Action vs Minot State
Bemidji State defeated Minot State twice earlier this season in Arizona. BSU won 12-2 March 14 and 12-5 March 16. Prior to those meetings, BSU and MISU had met just three times, with Bemidji State holding a 2-1 series advantage. Head coach Tim Bellew is 4-0 in his career against the fellow Beavers.
• The Beavers have produced 91 runs in the sixth inning and beyond, while allowing 57.
• BSU is 11-5 when scoring first and 6-4 when posting a run in the first inning. Bemidji State leads its opponent 25-14 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 nine 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 16 multi-hit games and 10 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).