Baseball travels to Minot State before weekend series versus UMD

Baseball travels to Minot State before weekend series versus UMD
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Baseball travels to Minot State before weekend series versus UMD

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Off the end of a 3-1 series win at home against University of Sioux Falls, the Bemidji State University baseball team travels to Minot State University Wednesday and hosts University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday and Sunday. The Beavers (9-27, 6-14 NSIC) of BSU and Beavers (4-21, 1-10 NSIC) of MSU play a two-game series at Corbett Field before a four-game series against the Bulldogs (21-9, 14-4 NSIC) at BSU Baseball Field.

The NSIC doubleheaders consist of a seven-inning game one and a nine-inning game two.

About Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State was swept in a two-game series versus Minnesota Crookston before taking a four-game series against Sioux Falls, 3-1
  • BSU fell to UMC, 4-1 and 12-5, Wednesday, April 13
  • The Beavers beat the Cougars, 12-5 and 7-6, in a Friday doubleheader before splitting with a 17-13 loss and 12-8 win Saturday
  • Outfielder Tyler Nelson and designated hitter/pitcher Logan Riedel each totaled multiple RBI in the game one win against USF before catcher Mason Cisneros hit a walk-off RBI single to take game two
  • Outfielder Scott Litchy hit two home runs to take game four and the series against the Cougars, finishing with five RBI in the game
  • Litchy and Nelson hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning in game three against Sioux Falls for the first BSU back-to-back dingers since shortstop Collin Eckman and Nelson did so March 21, 2015 at Winona State
  • Nelson reached the top of the Bemidji State single-season hit list with 63 hits after a four-hit effort in day two versus Sioux Falls
  • He reached the second longest hit streak in program history at 18 games from Feb. 12 to March 26
  • Third baseman Joey Hanowski became the program’s all-time hits leader with 188 after a four-hit performance in the final day of the series against Sioux Falls
  • Riedel finished with a 1-0 record after three appearances on the mound and totaled a 1.93 ERA, three strikeouts, three hits and an opposing batting average of .176 in 4.2 innings pitched
  • He has the second most appearances (11) and leads BSU pitchers with at least 20 innings pitched at a 4.15 ERA

About Minot State

  • Minot State had all four scheduled games against Southwest Minnesota State cancelled due to weather
  • The Beavers were swept in their most recent games, a three-game series versus Wayne State College
  • MSU enters Wednesday’s games on an 11-game losing streak
  • Three of the team’s four wins came in a row, March 18-25, versus Valley City State University, Hastings College and Upper Iowa University
  • Paul Vogelsang leads the bats with a .433 batting average in 30 at bats
  • Celestino Rodriguez leads the team and ranks tied for sixth in the NSIC with nine homes runs
  • Relief pitcher Wyatt Moore leads the staff with a 5.70 ERA and 12 appearances
  • Starting pitcher Austin Berntson leads the team with 28 strikeouts, 36.0 innings pitched and two wins

About Minnesota Duluth

  • UMD extended a six-game winning streak in sweeping a four-game series against Concordia-St. Paul this weekend
  • Alex Wojciechowski hit four home runs, moving himself into sole possession of first place all-time at UMD with 40 in his career
  • His 20 long bombs this season leads the nation and have shattered the Bulldog program record for a single year
  • Wojciechowski hit .500 with a 1.278 slugging percentage, drawing eight walks last week to extend a 25-game streak of reaching base
  • Despite the record-setting weekend for Wojciechowski, it was senior second baseman Jimmy Heck who led UMD in most offensive categories, hitting .591 with a 1.364 slugging percentage and .557 on-base average
  • Heck had 13 hits in 22 at-bats, drove in 12 runs, and crossed the plate 10 times
  • Bo Hellquist continued his streak of going 5.0-plus innings in every start this season, tossing 6.0 innings and picking up his team-leading fifth victory of the season while striking out nine Golden Bears on Saturday

For more information on the Bemidji State baseball program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@BSUBeaversBase or @BSUBeavers), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/BSUBeavers).

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).

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