BEMIDJI, Minn. – Major League Baseball isn’t the only organization celebrating its mid-summer classic Tuesday. The Metropolitan Collegiate Summer Baseball League of Illinois is holding its annual all-star game today and representing the East from the Northern Knights is Bemidji State University baseball redshirt sophomore right-hander Jesse Katz (Deerfield, Ill.).
Katz owns a 1.12 ERA in four starts for the Knights. He is 2-1 in 16 innings pitched and has allowed two earned runs on 19 hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Katz began the summer season without allowing a run (earned or unearned) in his first three starts and stretched the streak to 29.1 consecutive innings, which dated back to his last two starts in a BSU uniform. He hurled 7.1 scoreless innings at St. Cloud State University April 26 before closing his year at Bemidji State with a win and seven scoreless innings versus Minot State University May 4. In the 29.1 innings, Katz didn’t allow a walk and fanned nine batters.
The Northern Knights own a 7-11 record to sit fourth in the East Division of the league.
The Metropolitan Collegiate Summer Baseball League of Illinois has been in existence since 1978, with the commitment of promoting continued success and quality baseball in our communities. Formally known as the Metro Thoroughbred League of Illinois, the league name was changed and Incorporated in 1987. The Metro League provides an opportunity for college players (NCAA Division I, II and III, junior college and NAIA) ages 19 through 22-years-old to improve and develop their baseball skills during their summer break. The Metro League is formed from teams from the suburbs of Chicago.
With a 21-22 overall record (15-15 NSIC), BSU reached the 20-win plateau for the third consecutive season, which stands as the first time in program history. The Beavers just missed out on the NSIC Tournament, as BSU finished ninth in the final NSIC standings behind Wayne State College (18-15 NSIC). Bemidji State graduated just four seniors from its 2014 squad.
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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).