BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji State University baseball team has moved its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference four-game series originally scheduled for April 6-7 to Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6 due to impending weather. Thursday’s doubleheader is set for 1 p.m., while the twinbill Friday is slated for a 12 p.m. start.
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Conference Doubleheaders: 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 are 12-10 overall and 5-3 in NSIC play for fifth in the league standings after going 2-2 in the home opener March 31-April 1 against University of Minnesota Duluth. BSU swept the first doubleheader 3-1 and 7-6 before being swept out of the second twinbill 3-0 and 8-2. Junior Trevor Purvis went 4-for-12 (.333) with a team-best three runs scored and an RBI in the four games. He is second on the team in batting average with a .324 mark. He leads the team in runs (16) and his 17 walks ranks tied for second in the NSIC - one behind the leader. Junior Jaryd Marks is the team’s batting average (.338), hits (25), doubles (tied, 7), RBI (20) and total bases (40) leader.
Last Time Out: The Beavers opened the home portion of their schedule against the Bulldogs and went 2-2. Junior lefty Phil Bray improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in NSIC play with a complete game victory in game one, while senior Juan Molero served as hero of game two with a bottom-of-the-ninth sacrifice fly to center that scored sophomore Kean Paxton for the game-winning run. The Bulldogs took both games on day two, as the Beaver bats went silent and costly errors put runs on the board for UMD. In the two games, the Bulldogs out-hit BSU 16-11 and the Beavers committed six errors. In the two games only four of the 11 runs scored by UMD were earned.
About Upper Iowa: The Peacocks are coming off an NSIC doubleheader split with Winona State April 3 in Winona, Minn. and are 3-7 in their last 10 games. UIU squeaked out a 7-6 game one victory against the Warriors before falling 13-1 in game two. Down 6-4 after three innings, the Peacocks scored single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to win game one behind Tyler Adams’ 3-for-4, three run, two RBI performance. Adams guides the Peacocks at the plate with a .433 batting average, 42 hits and 28 runs scored. At center field he has 61 putouts and four assists with one error for a .985 fielding percentage. Mario Madera has three starts on the mound with a 3-0 record and two complete games. He has recorded a 0.82 ERA in 2012, allowing four runs (two earned) on 22 hits in 22 innings with 13 strikeouts.
Last Action vs UIU: Last season the Beavers traveled to Fayette, Iowa and took three of four games in an NSIC series. BSU used a pair of one-run victories on day one to earn the sweep, winning 1-0 in game one and 3-2 in 11 innings in game two. The second doubleheader was split, as the Beavers won 7-2 before falling 13-9. Head coach Tim Bellew is 9-17 all-time against the Peacocks as the BSU skipper, with a 1-3 home mark. The last time Upper Iowa visited Bemidji was April 23, 2008 (UIU, 2-0).
• Marks posted a hit in every game in March to record a team season-best hitting streak of 14 games (March 3-31). BSU went 10-8 in March.
• Junior lefty Phil Bray is 5-1 this season to rank tied for second in the NSIC in wins.
• Junior right-hander Logan Kalis has 25 strikeouts in 2012 to lead the team and rank 13th in the league. His 2.70 ERA is tops at BSU.
• BSU has hosted 18 games in March all-time and stands 6-14 in those contests.
• The Beavers went 12-8 in the first 20 games of the season to record their best record since the 2000 team went 12-8.
• BSU was 10th in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
• The Beavers are No. 10 in the latest NCBWA Division II Central Region Poll (April 3). BSU has been ranked or received votes in each poll this season, with a highest ranking of No. 5 (March 13).