BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University baseball team, now 10-23, 7-11 NSIC, is set to be back at BSU Baseball Field April 15 for a midweek NSIC matchup against Minot State University before going on the road for eight straight, starting with University of Minnesota Duluth, April 18-19. The doubleheader Wednesday is set for 1 p.m., with the Beavers doubleheaders at Minnesota Duluth scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 12 p.m. (noon), respectively.
About Bemidji State:
- The Beavers (10-23, 7-11 NSIC) went 2-4 in last week’s NSIC action as they swept Minnesota Crookston (Apr. 8) midweek but then fell to then-No. 7 Minnesota State Saturday and Sunday.
- Terry Hadden hit his first home run of the year against the Golden Eagles (Apr. 8) that put the Beavers up 9-0 in the first game of the doubleheader.
- Michael Herd was on the mound for the Beavers in game one, earning the win to move his record to 1-2 on the season. Herd pitched 4.1 innings, allowing only five hits.
- With the first win against UMC, head coach Tim Bellew earned his 100th win in the NSIC.
- Logan Riedel would get the BSU win after going six innings and allowing three earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts, sealing a sweep over UMC.
- Terry Hadden would pick up the save for the Beavers, going two innings and shutting down UMC.
- Collin Eckman hit three home runs in game two April 11 against Minnesota State, including a three-run and a two-run home run. Eckman ended the game going 4-for-4 and added in seven RBI.
- Jake Tuholsky hit his first home run of the season against MSU and was 3-for-4 from the plate in game two Saturday. Tuholsky was second on the team with five RBI.
- Also posting his first home run of the season was Mason Bellew with a solo shot in game one versus MSU.
- The Beavers recorded 29 runs in the two games off 27 hits Saturday.
- Eckman came back to pace the Beavers’ offense in both games Sunday as he went 2-for-3 in both games. He added one RBI in the doubleheader as well. Eckman rounded out the weekend batting .800, posted a slugging percentage of 1.700 and an .818 on-base percentage.
About Minot State:
- The Beavers come into this midweek matchup holding an 8-19 overall record and a 5-11 mark in conference action. On the road, Minot is 3-6 on the season.
- Minot is currently on a six-game slide after winning three straight games, first against Southwest Minnesota State and taking the first two games of a four-game series against Upper Iowa University.
- Micah Holmen leads the Beavers at the plate with a .395 batting average going 17-for-43 and has a four game hitting streak. Jesse Goertzen leads the team in the field with 88 putouts, has added 11 assists and has only committed three errors for a .971 fielding percentage.
- Nicholas Hammerl is another standout with a .388 batting average and leads the squad in doubles (11) and in hits (38).
- Pitching the most innings on the mound for the beavers with a 2-3 record is Austin Berntson as he has 40.1 innings of work. Bernston has a 6.69 ERA in seven appearances.
- Leading the pitching core in strikeouts this season is Austin Berntson with 41 in his 40.1 innings of work.
- The Beavers have a collective .299 batting average in 27 games played and a team combined 8.65 ERA on the mound.
About Minnesota Duluth:
- UMD (17-11, 11-7 NSIC) played a pair of series against NSIC competition last week, finishing 4-2 on the week at home, splitting a doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State on Wednesday before taking home the series with 3-of-4 against Winona State on Saturday and Sunday.
- Nathan Jack leads the Bulldogs at the plate with a .400 batting average, as he is 2-for-5 at the plate, while teammate Jimmy Heck is batting .396 in 91 at-bats.
- Heck has tallied nine doubles, two triples and one home run on the season and co-leads the squad in RBI (26) with Kyle Comer. Comer is batting .392 and leads the team in runs with 27.
- UMD currently sits sixth in the NSIC standings, but a game back from third-place Concordia-St. Paul as the playoff standings will be a dogfight until the end of the conference season.
- The Bulldogs have gotten on-base at a .412 clip this season, fourth-best in the league, while batting .312 and slugging .459, sitting in the middle of the pack for both statistics.
- UMD’s pitching staff has posted the sixth-best ERA (5.27), less than half a run short of the fourth spot, and the fourth-best opposing batting average (.276).
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).