Beavers close eight-game homestand with double-dip versus U-Mary
Monday, April 25, 2011
Beavers close eight-game homestand with double-dip versus U-Mary
This Week: The Bemidji State University baseball team closes an eightgame homestand April 26 as it hosts University of Mary in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at the BSU Baseball Field. First pitch is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start.

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 (15-20 overall and 9-12 NSIC) made it six straight victories with a doubleheader sweep of Northern State April 22, winning 4-2 and 12-2 (7). The Wolves then took two from BSU April 23, winning 4-2 and 3-1. During the last six games, senior Colton Smith batted .500, going 12-for-24 with eight runs and four RBI. He took 15 total bases, recording three doubles and went 4-for-4 in stolen bases.     

About U-Mary: The Marauders are 8-22 overall and 4-16 in NSIC play. U-Mary has lost its last three and are 1-7 in its last eight games, most recently falling to Minnesota Duluth by the scores of 20-1, 10-4 and 4-3. Freshman Tate Leapaldt owns a .356 average with 31 hits, 15 runs and 14 RBI. His seven doubles leads the team. Senior Matt Medeiros is 3-3 with a 4.91 ERA, allowing 40 runs (26 earned) on 57 hits in 47.2 innings pitched. He has a team-high 37 strikeouts.

Last Action vs U-Mary:
Last season the Beavers and Marauders spit the season series 2-2. BSU protected home field with 10-5 and 7-3 victories, while U-Mary posted home win by the scores of 9-8 (10) and 7-4. Head coach Tim Bellew is 6-7 against U-Mary as the BSU skipper and 4-3 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.
• BSU is 10-3 when scoring at least six runs and are 5-17 when scoring five runs or less. The Beavers are 10-3 when out-hitting the opponent.
• BSU has two losses when holding a lead after four.
• The Beavers have picked-off a league best 15 runners, four of them are victims of sophomore lefty Phil Bray, who is tied for the league lead.
• The Beavers have a .965 fielding percentage, ranking first in the NSIC and No. 49 in the nation (through games 4/17).
• BSU has the least errors in the league this season with 39.
• The Beavers have allowed 195 runs this season, 63 (34%) have come in the first two innings.
• BSU has a .273 batting average with runners in scoring position and has grounded into 22 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 49 strikeouts to sit tied for sixth in the league; his 18 Ks looking sits tied for third in the NSIC.
• Senior Ryan Sander has walked just six batters in 43.1 innings to rank third 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 T-2nd in the NSIC.
• His .561 slugging percentage is ninth 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 seventh in the league with three sacrifice flies.
• Senior Colton Smith has 12 doubles to lead the team and sit tied for fifth in the league.
• With 12 stolen bases (12-for-12) Smith ranks tied for fourth in the NSIC.
• Smith has a team-best 13 multi-hit games (five three hit games).
• Sophomore Logan Kalis is the only  BSU player this season to have four hits in a game, doing so against Valley City State March 13.
• Kalis is currently on a team-best six-game hitting streak.
• He has two triples this season, tying for eighth in the league
• 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.