BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) – The Bemidji State University baseball team is headed for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament for the first time since 2008. With a 13-13 NSIC record, the Beavers tied with University of Sioux Falls (14-14) for the eighth spot in the league standings, but BSU was awarded the tie breaker to earn the No. 8 seed in the league’s postseason event.
The Beavers will play the No. 1 seed and NSIC Regular Season Champions, St. Cloud State University, May 8 at 11 a.m. at Faber Field in St. Cloud, Minn. in the first round of the double elimination tournament. SCSU were the predetermined hosts of the tournament. The winner of the NSIC Tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament.
Games will be held on both Dick Putz Field and Faber Field in St. Cloud and continue through May 11. Minnesota State University, Mankato is the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 seed University of Minnesota Duluth, No. 3 Augustana College will play No. 6 Wayne State College and No. 4 Winona State University will battle No. 5 Concordia University, St. Paul in round one matchups.
If Bemidji State wins game one, it will play the winner of the Winona State/Concordia-St. Paul game Thursday at 2 p.m. The losers of those games do battle at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Win or lose, the next game will be played on Faber Field.
The Beavers have made the tournament five times prior to this season – 2008, 2002, 1998, 1997 and 1996 (inaugural NSIC Tournament). In those five appearances, BSU owns a 4-9 record. In 2008, BSU won its opening contest before falling in its second game and then getting bounced from the rest of the tournament when the schedule had to be shortened due to rain.
BSU finished 22-20 overall to become the seventh team to reach 20 wins in the 62-year history of the program. The Beavers finished above .500 for the first time since 2002 and for just the 11th time in program lore.
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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).