Today's doubleheader pushed back to 2:30 p.m. start
Friday, April 22, 2011
Today's doubleheader pushed back to 2:30 p.m. start

Bemidji, Minn. – Head Bemidji State baseball coach Tim Bellew has made the decision to move the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader between the Beavers and Northern State University from a 1 p.m. start to a 2:30 p.m. first pitch today, April 22, at the BSU Baseball Field.

The Beavers are 13-18 overall and 7-10 in the NSIC, enterting the weekend on a four-game winning streak. NSU holds a 9-16 overall and 7-10 league record, coming to Bemidji on a five-game win streak. The weekend proves to be a battle in the standings as both teams are knotted in the 8th spot. The top six teams make the NSIC tournament.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).


Game Notes

Beavers host Northern State in NSIC four-game series 

This Week: The Bemidji State University baseball team hosts Northern State University April 22-23 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference four-game series at BSU Baseball Field. First pitch is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start April 22. The twinbill April 23 is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Multimedia: Live Stats at home: http://www.bsubeavers.com
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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 (13-18 overall and 7-10 NSIC) are riding a four-game winning streak heading into the weekend after defeating University of Minnesota, Crookston 19-1 and 5-2 at the BSU Baseball Field April 20. BSU got production from a lot of players in the series, but senior Colton Smith stood out, going 6-for-8 with six runs scored, four RBI, two stolen bases and two doubles.    

About Northern State: The Wolves are 9-16 overall and 7-10 in the NSIC, riding a five-game win streak after defeating Minnestota, Crookston four times April 17-18, then taking a game from Southwest Minnesota State April 21 7-1 before game two was canceled due to weather. Senior Ronnie Sellers owns a .321 batting average and leads the team in RBI (37), hits (25) and runs (16). Sophomore Thane Lees is 3-0 this season in nine appearances with 3.10 ERA, allowing seven runs (all earned) on 22 hits in 20.1 innings. Sophomore Sean Winslow is 3-2 in seven starts, owning a 4.12 ERA, allowing 22 runs (18 earned) on 41 hits in 39.1 innings pitched.

Last Action vs NSU: Last season the Beavers swept a nonconference four-game series at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis, winning 10-2, 17-4, 4-2, 4-3 (8). Head coach Tim Bellew is 12-6 against NSU as the BSU skipper and 2-2 at home.   

Team Notes
• The Beavers are 3-1 in extra innings this season with wins against Arizona Christian University (10-8 in 11), Upper Iowa (3-2 in 11) and Minnesota Duluth (2-1 in 11). BSU lost to Concordia-St. Paul 7-5 in 10 innings April 9.
• BSU is 4-1 in games decided by one run.
• The Beavers have combined for six triples this season, last season the team posted just eight three-baggers.
• BSU is 9-3 when scoring at least six runs and are 4-15 when scoring five runs or less. The Beavers are 9-3 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 is tied for the league lead.
• The Beavers have a .963 fielding percentage, ranking second in the NSIC and No. 49 in the nation (through games 4/17).
• BSU has the least errors in the league this season with 37.
• The Beavers have allowed 184 runs this season, 63 (34%) have come in the first two innings.
• BSU has a .280 batting average with runners in scoring position and has grounded into 20 double plays, which ranks second in the NSIC.
• 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 36 strikeouts; his 14 Ks looking sits T-7th in the NSIC.
• Senior Ryan Sander has walked just five batters in 37 innings to rank T-3rd in the NSIC.
• He has allowed 15 runs this season, tied for eighth in the league.
• Sophomore Ryan Brezinski’s two saves is seventh 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 six homers are 2nd in the NSIC.
• His .595 slugging percentage is eighth in the league.
• Jelacie has been hit by a pitch seven 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 12 doubles to lead the team and sit tied for third in the league.
• With 10 stolen bases (10-for-10) Smith ranks T-5th in the NSIC.
• Smith has a team-best 11 multi-hit games (four 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.
• Freshman Cody Bergquist is currently on a team-best four-game hitting streak.

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.