BEMIDJI, Minn. - Eleven games against teams which advanced to the 2005 NCAA Central Regional, including a contest with Central Regional champion and eventual national semifinalist Central Missouri State, dot Bemidji State University’s 2006 baseball schedule, as announced today by first-year head coach Tim Bellew. In total, the slate awaiting BSU’s rookie skipper includes 56 scheduled contests with BSU’s traditional imbalanced schedule of 38 road contests and 18 scheduled home games.
Bemidji State lifts the lid on its 55th season of intercollegiate competition on March 3, 2006 with a double-header at Southwest Baptist (Mo.). That twinbill kicks off a 12-game southern trip to open the season which will see the Beavers play six games in Missouri, four in Kansas and three in Texas. During that stretch, BSU will play a four-game series at Central Regional participant Emporia (Kan.) State, March 4-5, two nine-inning games at Wayland (Texas) Baptist, and will again participate in Central Missouri State’s tournament March 17-19. There, BSU will play three of its four nine-inning single games against 2005 Central Regional participants, including host Central Missouri State, a fifth game against Emporia State and Nebraska-Omaha. The Beavers will also play Washburn (Kan.).
The 12-game southern road trip is part of 28 consecutive road games to open BSU’s 2006 schedule. BSU opens its 24-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule March 25-26 at Winona (Minn.) State, plays a non-conference twinbill at Minnesota State, then continues NSIC play with a four-game series at Southwest Minnesota State, April 1-2. Six consecutive non-conference games follow, including series at Jamestown (N.D.), Mayville (N.D.) State and Upper Iowa.
The 28-game road trip to open the 2006 campaign does not include three scheduled games to make up for potential weather-related cancellations. Should BSU need make-up contests, it has available a March 15 third nine-inning game at Wayland Baptist and an April 9 twinbill at Upper Iowa tentatively arranged to fill the gaps in its schedule.
BSU makes its home debut April 11, opening a scheduled 14-game homestand with a non-conference twinbill against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. A four-game NSIC series with defending NSIC champion and 2005 Central Regional participant Wayne State (Neb.) follows April 13-14, followed by back-to-back non-conference double-headers with St. Cloud State and Minn.-Duluth.
The homestand concludes with a four-game NSIC series against Concordia-St. Paul, April 22-23.
The Beavers travel to North Dakota for a non-conference double-header on April 25, then host Minn.-Crookston for its final home games of the season in a four-game NSIC skirmish April 29-30.
BSU closes its 2006 slate with eight consecutive road games. The Beavers make return trips to St. Cloud State and Minn. Duluth on May 2 and 4, then tidy up their 2006 schedule with a four-game NSIC series at Northern State on May 6-7.
In total, Bemidji State’s 2006 schedule comprises 59 games in a span of 66 days from March 3 - May 7, 2006. BSU opens the season with 31 consecutive road games in a span of 38 days from March 3-April 9, and its 18 scheduled home games fall in a 20-day window from April 11-30. The first 14 home games occur in a span of just 13 days from April 11-23.
The top four teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, by winning percentage, will compete in the 2006 NSIC Tournament, slated for May 11-13, 2006. The top-seeded team in the tournament will be afforded the opportunity to host the Tournament.
The eight-team 2006 NCAA Central Regional Tournament is scheduled for May 18-21 and will be hosted by the region’s No. 1 seed. The regional champion will represent the Central at the eight-team NCAA Division II national championship, May 27-June 3 at Paterson Field/Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Ala.
Bemidji State posted a 10-39 record in a school-record 49 games played in 2005, and posted an 8-14 record in NSIC play.