Braun named NSIC Player of the Week
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Braun named NSIC Player of the Week

BURNSVILLE, Minn. ­— Bemidji State University sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) has been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week by the league office, after a strong performance at the plate April 25, 28-29. The weekly conference honor is the first for Braun and the second for BSU since the 2010 season.  

Braun batted .611 with four home runs and a 1.278 slugging percentage for BSU in a week where the Beavers went 2-4. Braun was 5-for-6, hit three homers, totaled 14 bases, five RBIs and four runs scored in a 23-12 victory against Winona State April 28. The three home runs and 14 bases tied the NSIC individual game high for the 2012 season. The next day he recorded a 4-for-5 performance at the plate with three runs and two RBIs. On the week he went 11-for-18 with eight RBIs and seven runs scored with 23 total bases. He posted a .632 on-base percentage with 15 putouts and one error behind the plate for a .938 fielding percentage.

Braun leads the Beavers in batting average this season with a .376 mark.

Junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) was named the league’s player of the week March 26. Before Marks, the last NSIC award for Bemidji State came April 27, 2010 when Dan Bauer was named NSIC Pitcher of the Week. He earned NSIC Player of the Week earlier that season and in total BSU had three weekly awards in 2010. Under head coach Tim Bellew the Beavers have had seven NSIC player or pitchers of the week.

The Beavers are 19-25 overall and 12-18 in NSIC play to sit 10th in the league standings with one week of competition remaining in the regular season. BSU is looking for its 20th win this week to become the sixth team in program history to reach the 20-win plateau in the 61 seasons of baseball at Bemidji State.

BSU hosts Southwest Minnesota State University (22-21, 12-16, 7th) today at 1 p.m. in an NSIC doubleheader to close the home portion of the 2012 schedule.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).