BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University baseball team (13-12, 7-5 NSIC) travels to No. 3 Minnesota State University, Mankato (28-7, 16-4 NSIC) April 15 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader before returning home April 18-19 to host Concordia University, St. Paul (16-8, 8-6 NSIC) in a league four-game series. Tuesday’s double dip is slated for a 2 p.m start. Friday’s home twin bill is set to begin at 1 p.m., while Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.
About Bemidji State
• The Beavers won their fourth and fifth consecutive games April 10 when it swept their home opener versus Wayne State. BSU downed WSC in the NSIC twin bill 2-1 and 7-3. April 12 the winning streak came to an end when Winona State visited BSU Baseball Field and won 5-2 and 16-0 (seven innings). The April 13 twin bill was canceled due to cold weather.
• Senior Chad Hanson led the Beavers to the 2-2 NSIC home record April 10-12, as he posted a .417 batting average, .583 slugging percentage and .417 on-base percentage. He went 5-for-12 at the plate with two doubles and totaled seven bases. He added two RBIs and a run scored.
• Freshman Derek Masberg made the best of his collegiate debut April 10, as he earned the start and went the distance for a 2-1 victory against visiting Wayne State. The freshman hurled seven innings and allowed just one earned run on one hit (the one hit scored the lone run in the second inning). He issued four free passes and hit a batter, but fanned six Wildcats. After the third inning, just one Wildcat reached first base successfully (a walk in the fourth).
• Three players are batting .300 or better (2.0 AB/ game), guided by sophomore Joey Hanowski’s .333 average.
• Senior Zach Braun is batting .329 and has a team-best 27 RBIs, which stands tied for eighth in the NSIC (5th in RBI/g - 1.08).
• On the bump, junior Tyler Saeugling owns a 2-4 record and a team-best 4.21 ERA. His 29 strikeouts ranks 17th in the NSIC.
• Junior Drake Huggans’ five saves is tied for third 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 Minnesota State
• Minnesota State (28-7, 16-4 NSIC) has won five straight after sweeping a weekend home series with Minnesota Crookston (14-0, 14-1, 18-4, 13-2).
• The team’s .314 batting average ranks third in the league, as does its slugging percentage (.449) and hits (351).
• The Mavericks own a 3.49 earned run average to rank second in the league. MSU’s 9.79 strikeouts per game is a conference best, as is the 2.29 walks allowed per game.
• The squad also has the best fielding percentage in the NSIC (.974).
• The Mavericks have seven batters hitting .300 or better, guided by Max Waletich’s .377 average.
Last Time Versus Minnesota State
• The Beavers battled the then-No. 9 Mavericks twice in the 2013 NSIC Tournament, which included a 3-1 loss in the championship game. Earlier in the tournament, MSU downed BSU by a 2-1 margin.
• The team’s NSIC doubleheader was canceled last season, but the two squads met at the H.H.H. Metrodome earlier in the season. BSU got the best of then-No. 18 Minnesota State in game one 2-1 (11 innings), but fell in game two 1-0.
About Concordia-St. Paul
• The Golden Bears (16-8, 8-6 NSIC) have won four straight after sweeping the back end of a NSIC four-game series at Winona State April 7. CU won 7-1 and 5-2 and carried that momentum into a doubleheader sweep at Minot State April 12, winning by matching scores of 5-2.
• Concordia-St. Paul will open its home schedule April 15 after its twin bill versus Minnesota Crookston was moved to St. Paul, Minn.
• CU’s .300 batting average is fifth in the NSIC.
• The Golden Bears hit for average, has 193 of 226 hits are for singles. CU is timely in its base knocks, as it ranks fifth in RBIs per game (5.25) and gets on base by using more than its bat, leading the NSIC in walks per game (3.96).
• The Concordia-St. Paul pitching staff as the third best ERA in the NSIC at 3.51.
• Two CU batters own a .400 batting average, guided by Kyle Dalton’s .441 mark that ranks third the NSIC. Eric Fasnacht is fourth with a .418 average.
Last Time Versus Concordia-St. Paul
• BSU suffered a 20-3 loss to CU in Arizona earlier this season. CU led in hits 26-10.
• The Beavers and Golden Bears had their four-game NSIC series moved from St. Paul to Sioux Falls, S.D. last season with the teams splitting the weekend. BSU won game one 2-0 in 10 innings and game four 7-6. CU earned 5-4 and 6-1 victories in games two and three, respectfully.
• The Beaver batters have 4.64 strikeouts per game, which ranks as the second least in the NSIC.
• BSU is 8-2 when leading after the third inning, but have been outscored 70-57 in the first three frames this season (31-10 in the first inning).
• The Beavers are 8-1 when leading after the sixth inning (1-11 when trailing).
• BSU is 7-1 in one-run games, 4-1 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.
• Freshman right-hander Ryan Rumpca made three appearances April 2-7 during which the Beavers went 3-0 and was named NSIC Pitcher of the Week April 8 for his efforts. He hurled seven innings where he didn’t allow a run, gave up just one hit and collected a win and a save. He fanned eight batters and issued only one walk.
• Braun posted a team season-long hitting streak of seven games March 15-April 2, then junior Dylan Webb matched the hitting streak March 30-April10.
• Senior Chad Hanson owns a team-best seven multi-hit games (four Beavers have six), while Braun is the leader in multi-RBI contests with eight (second best on the team has four).
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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).