Update: Start of four-game NSIC series at UMD set for 5 p.m. today
Friday, April 15, 2011
Update: Start of four-game NSIC series at UMD set for 5 p.m. today
DULUTH, Minn - Bemidji State University baseball's four-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series at University of Minnesota Duluth has been moved back a day from April 16-17 to April 18-19 due to more favorable weather conditions Sunday-Monday. The doubleheader April 18 will begin at 5 p.m., while the twinbill slated for April 19 is set to start at 12 p.m.

Game Notes

This Week: The Bemidji State University baseball team travels to University of Minnesota Duluth April 17-18 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference four-game series at Bulldog Park. First pitch April 17 is slated for a 5 p.m. start and the April 18 doubleheader is set to begin at 12 p.m.

Multimedia: Live Stats at UMD - http://sports.umdbulldogs.com/baseball/xlive.htm

Conference Games: All conference doubleheaders will play a seven inning game first, followed by a nine inning contest. The nine inning game has a 10-run rule after seven complete innings.
About Bemidji State: The Beavers (9-17 overall and 3-9 NSIC) are on a nine-game losing streak after most recently falling to No. 18 St. Cloud State University in a NSIC doubleheader in St. Cloud April 12. BSU fell 9-4 and 9-2. The Beavers owned a 4-1 lead after two and a half in game one, thanks to two solo homeruns by senior Nick Jelacie, making four bombs in three games for the team’s batting average leader. A two-run third and four-run fifth for the Huskies handed them a 7-4 lead it would let go, adding two in the six for insurance. Game two was all SCSU as the home team scored three runs in the second, four in the fourth and two in the seventh to own a 9-0 lead. BSU found two runs in the top of the ninth to avoid being shut-out for the second time this season.  

About Minnesota Duluth:
The Bulldogs are 7-15 overall and 3-7 in NSIC play. UMD snapped a six-game losing streak April 12, downing the conference-leading Winona State University Warriors 17-7 in game two of a doubleheader, handing WSU just its second loss in league play this season. Junior Marcus Riewer owns a .382 batting average with a team-high 29 hits, adding 12 runs scored and nine RBI. Senior Josh Foreman owns a 3-1 record, appearing in six games with four starts. He has a 2.37 ERA. In 30.1 innings pitched he has allowed 13 runs (eight earned) on 27 hits, fanning 16 batters and walking five.

Last Action vs UMD: Last season the Beavers played four conference games at Minnesota Duluth, falling in all four contests 6-4, 13-6, 9-3 and 9-0. BSU head coach Tim Bellew is 0-8 at UMD and 3-15 overall against the Bulldogs as the Beaver skipper.    

Team Notes
• BSU is on a nine-game losing skid.
• The Beavers are 2-1 in extra innings this season with wins against Arizona Christian University (10-8 in 11) and Upper Iowa (3-2 in 11). BSU lost to Concordia-St. Paul 7-5 in 10 innings April 9.
• BSU is 3-1 in games decided by one run.
• The Beavers have combined for five triples this season, last season the team posted just eight three-baggers.
• BSU is 7-3 when scoring at least six runs and are 2-14 when scoring five runs or less. The Beavers are 7-3 when out-hitting the opponent.
• BSU has one loss when holding a lead after four.
• The Beavers have picked-off a league best 13 runners, four of them are victims of sophomore lefty Phil Bray, who leads the league.
• The Beavers have a .963 fielding percentage, ranking first in the NSIC and No. 40 in the nation (through games 4/10).
• BSU has the second least errors this season with 30, behind CU (25).
• The Beavers have allowed 169 runs this season, 59 (35%) have come in the first two innings.
• BSU has a .271 batting average with runners in scoring position and has grounded into 20 double plays, an NSIC-high.
• The Beavers defeated Upper Iowa 1-0 March 27. The last time BSU won 1-0 was March 2, 2003 at home versus Concordia University, St. Paul.
• BSU opened NSIC play 3-0. The last time they opened 3-0 in NSIC play was in 1993 with a four-game sweep of University of Minnesota-Morris in mid-April.
• The Beavers shut-out Minot State 7-0 March 11, with the 1-0 victory at UIU March 27, the Beavers have earned two shutouts for the first time since 2003 when that team had three.

Pitcher Notes
• Sophomore Phil Bray has a team-leading 31 strikeouts; his 12 Ks looking sits T-6th.
• Senior Ryan Sander has walked just four batters in 26 innings to rank T-2nd in the NSIC.
• Sophomore Ryan Brezinski’s two saves is tied for fourth in the NSIC.
• Bray threw a complete game shutout against Minot State March 11. He allowed just three hits and fanned four batters.
• Sander also threw a complete game shutout, winning 1-0 March 27 at Upper Iowa, allowing six hits and striking out seven.

Player Notes
• Senior Nick Jelacie hit four homeruns in three games April 9-12. His five homers are T-1st in the NSIC.
• Jelacie has been hit by a pitch six times this season to rank tied for third in the NSIC.
• He not only sacrifices his body, but his bat as well, sitting tied for fourth in the league with three sacrifice flies.
• Senior Colton Smith has nine doubles to lead the team and sit tied for sixth in the league.
• With seven stolen bases (7-for-7) Smith ranks T-7th in the NSIC.
• Smith has a team-best eight multi-hit games (two three hit games). Sophomore Logan Kalis is the only player this season to have four hits in a game, doing so against Valley City State March 13.
• Senior Brian Murphy (vs Minot State March 11) and freshman Zach Braun (vs Arizona Christian March 9) are the only Beavers to record four RBI in a game.

NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll: The Beavers were tabbed 11th in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released by league officials Jan. 19. The Beavers received 55 votes after closing the 2010 season with a 16-37 overall and 7-25 NSIC record, finishing 11th in the final league standings. Seniors Colton Smith (3B/OF, Waddell, Ariz.) and Ryan Sander (RHP/1B, St. James, Minn.) were tabbed Bemidji State’s Players to Watch.