Bemidji State announces 2005 baseball schedule
Friday, December 3, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. - A season-opening road trip to Missouri and Kansas and non-conference series against Upper Iowa and four North Central Conference opponents highlight the 2005 Bemidji State baseball schedule, as announced today by head coach Chris Brown. BSU’s 2005 docket includes 53 scheduled
games and participation in a tournament hosted by Missouri Southern which will add between three and five games once opponents are finalized by the host institution.

Bemidji State kicks off its 54th season of baseball competition on March 5, 2005 with a four-game series at Emporia State of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Emporia State posted a 36-22 record in 2004 and earned a berth in the NCAA Central Regional, where it posted a 1-2-0 record. BSU will play four games at Emporia State in a pair of seven-inning double-headers on March 5-6.

The Beavers compete in the Central Missouri Classic, hosted by Central Missouri State on March 11-12. There, the Beavers will play three nine-inning games against Emporia State (March 11), Grand Valley State (March 12) and the hosts (March 12).

BSU wraps up its Kansas/Missouri trip with a run through the Missouri Southern Tournament, March 13-17. BSU’s schedule for the tournament has yet to be finalized, although the Beavers plan to play between three and five games during the four-day tourney.

“The first four teams we play are all against teams that finished last season ranked in the Top 25,” Brown said. “Grand Valley State and Central Missouri are perennially in the hunt for the national title and Emporia State is traditionally amongst the top eight teams in our region.

“I want our kids to experience first hand the level of play it takes to be regionally and nationally competitive,” Brown said. “We already know what it takes to be competitive in our conference. It is also a chance for our guys to play at premier ballparks and in front of big crowds, which is always a great experience and something to look forward to.”

The Beavers play closer to home starting March 19, opening a four-game series with Upper Iowa March 19-20 and tackling Augustana March 25-26 before heading into Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play in April.

Bemidji State kicks off its 24-game NSIC slate with a four-game series at Concordia-St. Paul, April 2-3. The Beavers then play a non-conference twinbill at St. Cloud State of the North Central Conference on April 5 before making their 2005 home debut, April 6 against Jamestown College - Brown’s alma mater.

The Jamestown series kicks off a 14-game home stand for the Beavers, which is scheduled to run April 6-19. After the Jamestown twinbill, BSU will host Winona State for a four-game NSIC series, April 9-10; bring North Dakota to town for a non-conference double-header on April 12, host Southwest Minnesota State, April 16-17, and wrap up the home stand with St. Cloud State for two games on April 19.

BSU then returns to the road for four league games at Minn.-Crookston, April 23-24, and a twinbill at North Dakota, April 26, before wrapping up its 2005 home schedule with a six-game homestand.

The Beavers will welcome Minn.-Duluth for a twinbill on April 28, then host Northern State in a four-game NSIC series April 30 and May 1.

BSU ends its regular season on the road, traveling to Minn.-Duluth to cap off the home-and-home series with two games on May 4, then head south for a four-game NSIC series at defending league champion and NCAA Central Regional participant Wayne State (Neb.), May 7-8.

The NSIC Tournament is scheduled for May 12-15 at the site of the team with the league’s best regular-season record. The NSIC Tournament champion is declared the league’s champion and will advance to the NCAA Central Regional, scheduled for May 19-22.

Bemidji State is scheduled to open with at least its first 24 games on the road, and in total 36 of the 56 scheduled and anticipated regular-season games are away from home. BSU’s 20-game home schedule is comprised of a 14-game home stand from April 6-19, 2005 and a six-game stand from April 28-May 1, 2005. BSU’s 20 home games are scheduled in a 26-day span from April 6-May 1, 2005. In total, BSU’s 2005 schedule comprises 56 games in a span of 65 days from March 5-May 8, 2005.

“We have tried to base our scheduling on the philosophy that you don’t get to be the best until you beat the best,” Brown said. “It does us no good to play teams we should beat 95 out of 100 games. Early on in the season it is easier to gauge where we are at by playing good teams that in order to beat them, you need to bring your “A” game. If you waltz through the non-conference portion of your schedule, you get a false sense of success and security and do not set yourself up the tough conference season.

“With the group of guys we have this year, it will only benefit us to play against tough competition in that most of them have significant playing time under their belts and know what it takes to be successful.”

Bemidji State posted a 14-34 overall record, 11-17 against the NSIC, in 2004. BSU’s 48 games played tied the school record set in 1994, and its 28 league games played set another school standard. The Beavers went 14-15 in their final 29 games after an 0-19 start.