Beavers announce 2012 baseball schedule
Friday, January 6, 2012
Beavers announce 2012 baseball schedule
BEMIDJI, Minn. ­— Head Bemidji State University baseball coach Tim Bellew has announced the 2012 baseball schedule. The Beavers will begin the season Feb. 22 at the H.H.H. Metrodome and open conference play in St. Paul, Minn. March 24.   

The season begins with two seven inning games against the defending Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season champion, Minnesota State University, Mankato Feb. 22 in Minneapolis at the Metrodome. The Beavers conclude their time at the Metrodome Feb. 23 with two seven inning tilts against Colorado Christian University. The games will serve as in-region competition as the Cougars are members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The Beavers will travel to Arizona for the second consecutive season to play six games from March 3-9 at the RussMatt Greater Phoenix Invitational. After getting back to Bemidji late on March 11, the squad will turn back south to continue its early season travels to Wayne, Neb. to do battle in four games with NSIC-foe Wayne State College in nonconference action March 17-18.  

The contests with the Wildcats will end the scheduled nonconference season as the Beavers will move into conference play March 24-25 at Concordia University, St. Paul for a couple nine and seven inning doubleheaders.

After five weeks and 18 games on the road the Beavers will compete at the friendly confines of the BSU Baseball Field March 31-April 1 against University of Minnesota Duluth. The four-game set opens a 14-game homestand as BSU hosts Upper Iowa University (April 6-7), St. Cloud State University (April 11) and Augustana College (April 14-15).

The Beavers continue league action with a trip west on US Highway 2 for a doubleheader with University of Minnesota, Crookston April 17. BSU makes its first trip to Mankato since 1981 April 21-22 for a rematch of the February meeting with Minnesota State, but this time with NSIC implications. The Beavers complete the league roadie April 25 with a twin bill at University of Mary.

Bemidji State closes the regular season home schedule with national runner-up Winona State University April 28-29 and Southwest Minnesota State University May 1. The NSIC schedule and the 2012 regular season wraps up in Aberdeen, S.D. when the Beavers travel to Northern State University May 5-6.

The top six teams advance to the NSIC Tournament, set for May 10-13, with the top seed serving as host.

The Beavers ended the 2011 season with a 18-29 overall record and a 12-21 NSIC mark that placed them ninth in the league standings. The 18 overall wins marked the most under Bellew (six seasons) and since the 2002 team went 19-11 overall and 12-2 in the NSIC.

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