Beavers travel to face Marauders, host Mustangs with postseason implications

Beavers travel to face Marauders, host Mustangs with postseason implications
Monday, April 24, 2017
Beavers travel to face Marauders, host Mustangs with postseason implications

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball program has 10 games remaining in the 2017 regular season schedule and wrap up the majority of it with a trip to face University of Mary April 26 and a four-game series at home against Southwest Minnesota State University April 29-30. The Beavers currently rank 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and need to reach 8th to qualify for the conference post-season tournament.


Series History Under Bellew

  • Overall Record: BSU leads, 19-14
  • Record at Mary: Tied, 10-10

 


Series History Under Bellew

  • Overall Record: SMSU leads, 24-10
  • Record at BSU: SMSU leads, 11-3


Bemidji State Overview

  • Bemidji State fell to 13th in the NSIC standings after going 1-5 in two series against Minot State University and No. 19 Minnesota State University Mankato.
  • BSU split against MiSU with a 5-2 loss and 5-4 win in a midweek doubleheader at BSU Baseball Field.
  • The Beavers lost by one run in three of four games against the Mavericks after grabbing early leads in the final two matchups.
  • BSU hit .255 from the plate with a .308 on-base percentage and totaled an 4.88 ERA and fielded .962.


About U-Mary

  • The Marauders are led by sixth-year head coach Joel Barta.
  • U-Mary went 0-6 during its last week of games while being swept by University of Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State.
  • The Marauders scored a season-high 14 runs and tied a season-high 15 hits in its 15-14 loss Sunday at SMSU.
  • The final two losses of the week against the Mustangs came on walk-off hits.
  • U-Mary is hitting .239 from the plate and have a 6.25 ERA with a .941 fielding percentage.


About Southwest Minnesota State

  • The Mustangs are led by 21st-year head coach Paul Blanchard.
  • SMSU went 4-2 last week while being swept at Augustana University and taking a sweep over U-Mary at home.
  • Southwest Minnesota State won by two or fewer runs in three of its four wins against U-Mary, including two walk-off wins to finish the series.
  • Cole VanderBeek leads SMSU and ranks 26th in the NSIC with a .339 batting average.
  • SMSU is hitting .271 from the plate and have a 6.33 ERA with a .952 fielding percentage.


Quick Hits

  • Sophomore Gunner Olszewski ranks sixth in the NSIC in stolen bases, totaling 15 steals on 17 attempts.
  • Olszewski is six stolen bases shy of setting the BSU career record.
  • Junior Scott Litchy leads BSU at the plate and ranks 16th in the NSIC with a .347 batting average.
  • Litchy now holds the BSU career record with 11 sacrifice flies and is five home runs and 15 RBI away from setting the BSU career records.
  • Senior Logan Riedel reached his second consecutive season with at least three triples after an RBI three-bagger in game two against Minnesota State April 21.
  • Riedel and senior Mason Bellew both moved into BSU’s top 10 for most games played with 148 each while Riedel moved into 8th in most games started with 143.


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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