Beaver Pride tabs Jelacie Athlete of the Week
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Beaver Pride tabs Jelacie Athlete of the Week
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Alana McElhinney (So., G, Calgary, Alberta) and Nick Jelacie (Jr., OF, Brainerd, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after outstanding athletic performances during the week of Feb. 1-7.

After dropping Saturday’s outdoor game 6-1, McElhinney, of the BSU women’s hockey team, bounced back on Sunday shutting down the Badger offense picking up both her first Western Collegiate Hockey Association win and first collegiate shutout. She turned away 36 shots on both days for a weekend total of 72. Blanking Wisconsin on Sunday gave her a save percentage of .923 on the weekend.

The honor marks the first of her career, while it stands as the fifth time this season a member off the women’s hockey team has been honored by the organization.  

Jelacie batted .571 in the Beaver baseball team’s 2-2 weekend to open the 2010 season.  BSU defeated University of Minnesota, Crookston 7-0 and 8-4, Feb. 5, before falling to Rockhurst University 6-2 and 5-4 Feb. 6, with all games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The junior went 8-for-14 at the plate, scoring six runs and plating three RBI. Five of his eight hits went for extra bases, recording three doubles and two triples, with both three-baggers occurring in the 7-0 win against UMC. Jelacie had no strikeouts, a sacrifice fly and was 1-for-1 in stolen bases. The center fielder posted seven putouts (five in the 8-4 win against the Golden Eagles) and no errors.

With the score tied 4-4 in game two against Minnesota, Crookston, Jelacie started the top of the seventh inning with a single. He stole second to get into scoring position and was eventually sacrificed home to earn the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run. In the opener, he was 4-for-4 from the plate, scored three runs, added two RBI and recorded one putout.

This week’s honor also marks the first time Jelacie has been selected as one of the Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week and it stands as the first time a member of the BSU baseball team has been selected in 2009-10.

The BSU women’s hockey team (9-14-7; 8-9-7-3 WCHA) is back in action this weekend in a home-and-home series against North Dakota. On Friday the Beavers host the Fighting Sioux for a 7:07 p.m. contest at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse before traveling to Grand Forks, N.D. on Saturday for a 7:07 p.m. game at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Bemidji State baseball team has a weekend off before traveling back to Metrodome for a four-game series with Northern State University in a nonconference tilt Feb. 21-22.