BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University baseball team opens its 2015 campaign traveling to Washburn University and Emporia State University Feb. 13-15. BSU is set for a doubleheader against Washburn Friday starting at 12 p.m., while it is scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Emporia State and a single nine-inning game Sunday at 12 p.m.
About Bemidji State:
- During the 2014 season, Bemidji State went 21-22 overall and posted a 15-15 mark in the NSIC, which was good for ninth place in the conference.
- The Beavers scored 177 runs as they batted .272, including nine homeruns on the season.
- Braun led the team with 36 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .468.
- Red-shirt junior Tyler Nelson, an All-NSIC Second Team member in 2014, guided the Beavers in batting with a .366 average (16th in NSIC). He played and started in 40 games and compiled 142 at-bats. His 52 hits and 32 runs scored each served as team-bests, while Nelson added nine RBIs.
- Nelson totaled 64 bases and posted .451 slugging and .401 on-base percentages. The sophomore only struck out five times, which placed him 12th in NCAA Division II in the toughest to strikeout category (28.4 at-bats per strikeout) at the end of the regular season.
- Bemidji State ended the season 29-of-39 in stolen bases, which was led by sophomore Bo Schmitz with eight.
- BSU’s pitching staff compiled a 2014 season ERA of 5.98, recording 204 strikeouts on the mound.
- Senior Tyler Saeugling led pitchers with 47 strikeouts in his 61.1 innings of work on the mound and compiled a 4-5 record. Saeugling ended the 2014 campaign with a 3.82 ERA.
- The Washburn University Ichabods went 26-24 in 2014 and finished seventh in the MIAA at 22-18. They lost in the first round of the MIAA tournament.
- Washburn was picked ninth in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll.
- Kyle Carnahan is Washburn’s leading returner at the plate. The junior third baseman flirted with .400 all season but finished sixth in the MIAA with a .395 average and led the team with 37 RBIs.
- Carnahan reached base safely in all but two games last year. He led the MIAA with a .513 on-base percentage.
- Parker Gibson finished third in the MIAA with 22 stolen bases, which led the squad that went 57-of-78. He returns as a junior center fielder.
- Junior catcher David Gauntt was named first team all-MIAA last year. He finished 10th in the MIAA with eight home runs and led the team with a .569 slugging percentage.
- The Ichabods put together a .297 batting average on the season and recorded 22 homeruns.
- Two returning pitchers are projected to be in Washburn’s starting rotation. Senior Eric Schmid went 1-3 with a 3.76 ERA in 10 starts last year and sophomore Maustin Otterstatter led the staff with a 4.00 ERA. He went 4-4 with two saves and worked 11 relief appearances and two starts.
- As a team, the Ichabod pitching staff held a 4.62 ERA and charted 297 strikeouts.
About Emporia State:
- Emporia State opened its 2015 campaign taking three games over Metro State University to start the season 3-0.
- In its first three games, the Hornets scored 39 runs and hit 14 homeruns, while batting .392 as a team.
- Garrett Brummett and Jarrod Miller lead ESU’s pitching staff with seven strikeouts each.
- At the mound, ESU has only given up a total of seven earned runs so far in 2015.
- Price Jacobs leads the team at the plate, batting .733 (11-for-15) in three games played.
- Emporia State went 23-5 over their last 30 games of 2014 as the Hornets advanced to the NCAA Central Regional Championship game for the first time since 2009.
- They came through the loser’s bracket to win the MIAA Tournament Championship and again dropped their opener in the regional before coming back to play for the regional title. The Hornets were 7-1 in post-season elimination games last year.
- ESU returns seven of eight position players from last season, with the only new position player coming at shortstop.
- The Hornets return their top three starters from last year based on ERA. Shawn Talkington went 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA in 13 starts with 76 strikeouts and just 17 walks. Jarrod Miller was 7-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 15 starts and led the MIAA in strikeouts with 77. Travis Hendry was 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA in 16 games with eight starts.
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).