Beavers head west to battle U-Mary in NSIC four-game series
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Beavers head west to battle U-Mary in NSIC four-game series
Photo Courtesy of Mary Nelson

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University baseball team (8-9, 2-2 NSIC) continues Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road play April 6-7 when it travels to University of Mary (7-17, 2-6 NSIC) for a four-game series. Sunday’s twin bill is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start, while Monday’s first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.

[BSU Notes] [NSIC Notes] [Live Stats]

About Bemidji State
• The Beavers are 5-2 in their last seven games after splitting an NSIC doubleheader at Augustana April 2. BSU lost game one 5-2 in the eighth inning on a walk-off, three-run homer, but rebounded for a 4-3 victory in game two.
• Freshman Bo Schmitz went 3-for-7 with three runs scored and an RBI in the double dip with the Vikings. His third run was the game-winner in game two.
• Sophomore right-hander Jesse Katz earned his first-collegiate victory after throwing six innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with a career-high eight strikeouts and just one walk.
• Sophomore infielder Tyler Nelson leads a group of three players batting .300 or better, as he owns a .333 average.
• Senior catcher Zach Braun is batting .316 and has a team-best 22 RBIs, which stands tied for fourth in the NSIC.
• On the bump, sophomore Terry Hadden owns a 2-1 record and  a team-best 3.92 ERA. His eight runs and 21 hits allowed each rank tied for sixth in the league in least runs and least hits allowed, respectfully.
• Junior Drake Huggans’ three saves is tied for fourth in the NSIC.
• The Beavers were pegged to finish ninth in the 2014 NSIC Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll. Sixth through ninth in the poll were separated by 25 points.

About U-Mary
• The Marauders are 7-17 overall, 2-6 in NSIC play after spliting a league doubleheader at Wayne State April 2. U-Mary won game one 9-1 before falling 12-4.
• The Marauders enter the series ninth in the NSIC in batting average (.277), but sit fourth in the league in runs scored (131), hits (206) and RBIs (112).
• U-Mary has drawn the most walks in the NSIC this season (104), but has also struck out more than any other team (165).
• The Marauders own a team ERA of 7.19 to rank 14th in the conference.

Last Time Versus U-Mary
• The Beavers and Marauders were schedule to battle in a four-game series in Bemidji last season, but the site was switched to Bismarck, N.D. U-Mary took the first three games (10-7, 9-4, 2-1) before the Beavers won game four 11-8 in a 15-inning marathon that ended on a walk-off home run by Gavin Nichols.

Notables
• BSU is 6-2 when leading after the third inning, but have been outscored 43-38 in the first three frames this season (21-9 in the first inning).
• The Beavers have outscored its opponent 18-15 in the seventh through ninth innings and are 4-1 when leading after the sixth innings (0-8 when trailing).
• BSU is 4-1 in one-run games and own a 4-1 record in extra innings.
• Senior Zach Braun was named NSIC Player of the Week March 10 after he guided BSU to a 3-1 start by batting .538 with nine RBIs, five runs scored and three home runs. He posted 1.231 slugging and .667 on-base percentages.
• Braun posted a team season-long hitting streak of seven games March 15-April 2. Two players have recorded hitting streaks of six games.
• Senior Cole Bjorge owns a team-best six multi-hit games, while Braun is the leader in multi-RBI contests with seven (no other Beaver has more than one).

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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).

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