The Bemidji State University baseball team has won eight straight to set itself up for a run at the postseason. BSU opens home play in this, the final week of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. The Beavers welcome Southwest Minnesota State University Wednesday before hosting No. 12 St. Cloud State University May 3-4.
BSU and SMSU begin a conference doubleheader at 1 p.m. at the BSU Baseball Field. The Beavers and St. Cloud State plan on beginning each twin bill at noon, but could push the game start back each day due to freezing temperatures overnight.
The NSIC Tournament is set for May 8-11 in St. Cloud, Minn. The top eight teams in the final league stands advance to the tournament. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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 (20-16, 11-9 NSIC) are the second hottest squad in the NSIC entering the final week of conference play. BSU has won eight straight and moved into tied for sixth in the conference standings with six games to play. Last week BSU went on the road and swept Minnesota Crookston 18-0 and 6-1 before heading further west on Highway 2 to sweep Minot State in a four-game series, 12-4, 11-1 (7), 4-3 and 21-1 (7). In the six games, the Beavers totaled 102 hits, 72 runs and 66 RBI with a .442 batting average. The pitching staff posted a 1.84 ERA and piled up 47 strikeouts. In the field, BSU recorded a .984 fielding percentage with just three errors. Senior Jaryd Marks posted a .593 batting average in the six games and earned NSIC Player of the Week honors Tuesday. In 27 at-bats he recorded 16 hits, drove in 10 runs and added 10 runs scored. Senior Logan Kalis recorded two of the six Bemidji State victories last week, as he went 2-0. In 13 innings pitched, the right-hander allowed just three earned runs on eight hits for a 2.08 ERA.
The big 21-1 victory Monday handed the Beavers their 20th win of the season to mark the seventh time a Beaver team has reached the victory plateau and the second time in program history teams produced back-to-back 20-win seasons. BSU went 21-25 overall in 2012 to rank fifth in all-time wins. The school record for wins in a season is 27, by the 1993 (27-19-1) team.
Bemidji State 20-Win Seasons
1982 23-20 (14-6 NIC)
1988 25-20 (12-8 NIC)
1992 20-17 (4-10 NIC)
1993 27-19-1 (6-8 NSIC)
1997 22-22 (14-4 NSIC)
2012 23-27 (16-20 NSIC)
2013 20-16 (11-9 NSIC)
The Beavers last made the NSIC Tournament in 2008 and have continued to postseason play just four times before that: 2002, 1997, 1998 and 1996 (inaugural tournament). BSU is 4-9 all-time in NSIC Tournament Games and in 2008 won its opening contest 5-2 before falling 8-2 in its second and final game - the tournament was shortened due to rain.
About Southwest Minnesota State
The Mustangs are 3-7 in their last 10 games and own a 12-22 overall record with a 7-13 NSIC mark that stands 11th in the league standings. SMSU defeated Northern State University 3-2 and 7-6 April 27 before having the series finale April 28 canceled. Senior Kyle Young leads the team with a .387 batting average and has collected a team-high 14 multi-hit games. Senior Corby McGlauflin leads the team with 14 pitching appearances along with four saves, which also is tied for first in the NSIC, while freshman Travis McGlauflin has two victories and leads the team with 28 strikeouts.
Last Action vs SMSU
Earlier this season, BSU recorded a 11-9 loss and a 8-5 victory versus SMSU during the spring trip in Arizona. Last season in a midweek home doubleheader, the Beavers won 8-1 and 14-8. Head coach Tim Bellew is 8-14 in his career against the Mustangs, while holding 2-8 mark at home.
About St. Cloud State
The Huskies (27-5, 15-1 NSIC) rank No. 12 in the NCBWA poll and tied for 8th in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. SCSU traveled to Bismarck, N.D. Sunday/Monday to take on University of Mary in a league series. The Huskies earned the sweep defeating the Marauders 10-2, 10-4, 4-0, and 10-0. Freshman Zach Hoffman went 5-for-12 versus U-Mary, which included two home runs with three runs and seven RBIs. SCSU will be hosting its first home game at Joe Faber Field Wednesday, as they welcome Augustana College for a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m.
Last Action vs SCSU
Last season, the Beavers split a midweek doubleheader at home against the then-No. 8 Huskies. BSU won 5-4 in late-game heroics in the first contest, while losing game two 12-5. Head coach Tim Bellew is 4-12-1 as BSU’s skipper versus SCSU. He is 2-2 at home.
• The Beavers have produced 94 runs in the sixth inning and beyond, while allowing 60.
• BSU is 12-5 when scoring first and 7-4 when posting a run in the first inning. Bemidji State leads its opponent 29-17 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, then the Beavers totaled 26 hits against MISU April 29 to retake the top spot in the conference this season.
• Senior Logan Kalis posted a 14-game hitting streak Feb. 16-March 29. He has 11 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games this season.
• Senior Lewis Baumann recorded a 14-game hitting streak from Feb. 26-April 3 and owns a team-best 17 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games. He is second in the NSIC in batting average with a .415 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 until April 27. He is fourth in the league in strikeouts with 61.
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 Player of the Week
Senior Jaryd Marks (1B/RHP, Cottage Grove, Minn.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week April 30, in an announcement from the league office. The conference honor is the first of Marks’ career.
Marks posted a .593 batting average to guide the Beavers to a 6-0 week in NSIC play April 24-29. In 27 at-bats he recorded 16 hits, drove in 10 runs and added 10 runs scored. He totaled 20 bases and posted a .621 on-base percentage. The senior had a .741 slugging percentage and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage after 26 putouts and two assists. The first baseman recorded two four-hit games and two three-hit games during the week. In a game against Minot State University Monday, he went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. In 27 at-bats he had just one strikeout.
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.
With three players/pitchers earning league honors this season, 10 student-athletes have been named to the weekly award under head coach Tim Bellew to earn a player of the week honor from the league. (Six 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).