This Week: The Bemidji State University baseball team closes a 12-game homestand that began the home and conference season April 2-3 with a four-game series with No. 29 Winona State University. The Beavers are scheduled to play a doubleheader each day, starting at 1 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Saturday.
About Bemidji State: The Beavers are 10-15 overall record and 1-7 in the NSIC this season. BSU has lost its last six games, including a four-game series with Augustana College March 27-28. The Beavers lost 15-8 and 14-7 the first day. BSU was only down 10-8 after eight innings, but Augie was able to put a five-spot on the board to take a commanding seven-run lead into the bottom of the frame. In game two, the home team scored three in the first, but AC responded with three in the second to tie the contest 3-3. After five, BSU was down 7-5 after scoring twice in the bottom of the inning, but the Vikings put-up another big inning and scored seven runs to take a commanding 14-5 lead that the Beavers couldn’t bounce back from. Day two, AC won 12-5 and 19-5. Game one was close again as the score read 2-2 after four, but Augie score one in the fifth, two in the sixth, three in the seventh and four in the eighth to grab a 12-2 lead, en route to the win. Six runs in the second and 11 in the third by the Vikings in game two lead to the win.
• BSU got to 10 wins on its 19th game of the season, which is the fastest under head coach Tim Bellew and the since the 2002 squad posted its 10th victory in the 15th contest. Before 2002, the 1993 squad was the next fastest, needing 15 games to reach 10 wins.
• Under Bellew, the Beavers are 1-13 against Winona State, with a 1-1 record at home.
• Senior Josh Silvernagel is on an eight-game hitting streak, reaching base in every game against Wayne State and Augustana.
• Against Augie, Silvernagel posted a .538 batting average, going 7-of-12 at the plate. He had three RBI, two runs with a double. In the field he posted 13 assists and seven putouts, with zero errors. He also stole his team-leading sixth base.
• Senior Joe Chism hit two home runs on day two of the series with the Vikings, doubling his season output to four.
About Winona State: The Warriors are 14-4 overall and 4-0 in conference play after sweeping a four-game set versus University of Minnesota, Crookston March 27-28. WSU outscored the Golden Eagles 63-4 in the games played in Winona. Sophomore Adam Gemuenden leads the team in batting average at a .489 clip. Senior Ross Hellenbrand is 4-0 in five games started with a 1.17 ERA. He is also batting .321.
Last Action: Last season in Winona, Minn., the Beavers went 0-4, losing 11-1, 6-1, 4-3 and 2-0.