BEMIDJI, Minn. -- After a three week break from the 2016 season opener, the Bemidji State University baseball team will return to the field with a weekend series at Truman State University and William Jewell College March 4-6. The Beavers (0-4, 0-0 NSIC) will play two doubleheaders, at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. against the Bulldogs (2-1, 0-0 GLVC) Friday at Truman Baseball Park and at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. against the Cardinals (4-4, 0-0 GLVC) Saturday at Talley Baseball Stadium, before finishing the weekend with a single contest at 12 p.m. against the Cardinals Sunday.
The doubleheaders will begin with a nine-inning contest followed by a seven-inning game. The weekend finale will be a nine-inning affair versus William Jewell.
About Bemidji State
- Bemidji State was swept in a four-game series to open the 2016 season at Missouri Southern State University Feb. 12-14. BSU and pitcher Terry Hadden held the nationally ranked Lions to one run in the season opener, but were unable to get a body across home plate in a 1-0 loss.
- The Beavers averaged 2.8 runs per game Feb. 12-14, scoring a game-high six in the third game. The team hit .221 in the series with a .271 slugging percentage, a .283 on-base percentage and five steals.
- Hadden led the starting pitchers with a 1.17 ERA in 7.2 innings pitched during the series opener, allowing the only run of the game in the eighth inning. His six strikeouts was one shy of tying a career high, set last season versus Southwest Minnesota State.
- Coming out of the bullpen, Mark Lesinski finished 3.0 innings of work by retiring each hitter in order. He did not allow a hit and struck out one batter.
- Ben Boser also came out of the bullpen in two games to throw for 3.0 innings, finishing with two hits allowed and an opposing batting average of .182. He struck out one batter while allowing just two hits.
- Third baseman Joey Hanowski leads BSU with a .412 batting average and seven hits. He scored four runs (on pace to break program’s single-season record of 46) and tallied one double with an on-base percentage of .444.
- Right fielder Tyler Nelson is on pace to total 25 triples this regular season. The program’s single-season record is five by Dave Lampi during the 1991 season.
- Ten of the 15 Beavers who took an at-bat against the Lions recorded a hit, while two others reached base on walks.
About Truman State
- Truman State went 2-1 Feb. 26-28, at University of Southern Indiana and Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.). The Bulldogs split with the Screaming Eagles, a 14-13 loss and a 3-2 win, and edged out the Pumas, 11-9. TSU averaged 9.0 runs a game and allowed 8.3.
- The Bulldogs and Screaming Eagles opened the weekend with an extra-inning affair, which USI won with a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning. Both teams went through five pitchers before the final pitch was thrown.
- Truman State trailed Saint Joseph’s until the eighth inning by scoring the 10th and 11th runs of the game.
- TSU returned for a win against USI by holding a ninth inning rally to one run. The Bulldogs scored their three runs during the seventh and eighth innings, two resulting from throwing errors by the Screaming Eagles.
About William Jewell
- William Jewell went undefeated Feb. 26-28, taking two games from Arlington Baptist College and University of Science and Arts (Okla.). The Cardinals opened with a 10-0 win against the Patriots and a 9-6 win over the Drovers Friday. WJC beat USA, 4-3, Saturday before closing the weekend with a 5-2 decision against ABC.
- The Cardinals totaled eight extra-base hits against the Patriots, including seven doubles, to open the weekend before breaking a tie in the top of the ninth to finish the series.
- WJC pushed for extra innings against USA with a ninth inning run and won the game with an RBI single. The Cardinals took a late lead the next day, scoring five runs in the eighth inning with a team cycle and a sac hit.
- The wins were William Jewell’s first of the season. The Cardinals open their home schedule against the Beavers this weekend.
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).