Beavers close regular season at Northern State with playoff possibilities
Friday, May 4, 2012
Beavers close regular season at Northern State with playoff possibilities

This Week: The Bemidji State University baseball team wraps-up the regular  season with a four-game series at Northern State University May 5-6. The May 5 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader is slated for a 1 p.m. start (pushed back an hour to original schedule due to NSU graduation) and the May 6 double dip is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start.

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. If game one goes into extra innings the second game will be played as a seven inning contest, instead of nine.

Playoff Picture:
At the end of the regular season the top six teams with the best conference winning percentage makes the 2012 NSIC Tournament in Mankato, Minn. May 9-12. The tournament is double elimination. The current top five teams are locked in, Minnesota State, St. Cloud State, Augustana, Wayne State and Winona State. The Beavers’ best chance to be the team in that sixth spot and make the postseason is to win all four games May 5-6 to get to 18-18, a .500 conference winning percentage. The only two other teams that can reach or surpass .500 are Upper Iowa (15-16, host Minnesota State May 5-6) and Concordia-St. Paul (12-16, at Wayne State May 5-6). If BSU goes 3-1 on the weekend it brings Minnesota Duluth (13-18, host U-Mary May 5-6) into the equation. The Beavers would still have a chance to make the tournament if they go 2-2, but would need UIU, CU and UMD to lose more than two games on the weekend. BSU needs to play all the games to get to .500, but rain is forecasted for Saturday.  
About Bemidji State: The Beavers are 21-25 overall and 14-18 in NSIC play to sit seventh in the league standings heading into the final four games of the regular season. BSU is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Southwest Minnesota State University Tuesday. The Beavers earned 8-1 and 14-8 home victories to finish the home schedule 8-12. In the two games junior Logan Kalis went 7-for-9 with 10 RBIs, seven runs scored and four homers at the plate, plus he added a complete game two win on the mound to cap the career day. Sophomore Zach Braun batted .611 (11-for-18) with four home runs that aided a 1.278 slugging percentage for BSU April 25-29 to earn NSIC Player of the Week honors May 1. Braun went 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. Braun leads the Beavers in batting average this season with a .375 mark. BSU become the sixth team in program history to reach the 20-win plateau in the 61 seasons of baseball at Bemidji State Tuesday in the doubleheader sweep of SMSU.    

Bemidji State 20-win Seasons
1982    23-20 (14-6 NIC)
1988    25-20 (12-8 NIC)
1992    20-17 (4-10 NIC)
1993     27-19-1 (6-8 NSIC)
1997    22-22 (14-4 NSIC)
2012    21-25 (14-18 NSIC)

About Northern State: The Wolves are 15-26 overall and 8-18 in NSIC play to rank 11th in the conference standings. NSU hosted Concordia University, St. Paul April 28-29, but were rained out of the twin bill April 28 before splitting the second doubleheader with a 4-1 (8) loss and 3-2 victory. NSU earned the victory with just four hits and were guided to two unearned runs by a CU error. The Wolves are guided at the plate by Jesse Gonzalez’s .355 batting average. Zach Miller owns a .319 average with a team-best 45 hits and 31 runs scored. Nathan Nietfeld is 4-6 and owns a 4.91 ERA. In 62.1 innings pitched he has 42 strikeouts.

Last Action vs NSU:
Last season BSU split a four-game series with Wolves in Bemidji, Minn. After posting 4-2 and 12-2 (7) victories in the first doubleheader, the Beavers fell 4-2 and 3-1 on the second day. Head coach Tim Bellew is 14-8 all-time against NSU as the BSU skipper with an 5-3 record in Aberdeen, S.D.

Team/Player Notes

• Junior Jaryd 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 10-6 in March.
• BSU was 10th in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

In the NSIC...
• Logan Kalis - Slugging % (4th, .622), Runs (t14th, 37), RBI (t8th, 42), Triples (t4th, 3), Home Runs (t2nd, 10), Total Bases (t8th, 92)
• Jaryd Marks - Batting average (20th, .347), Hits (t7th, 58), RBI (t10th, 37), Doubles (t17th, 12), Total Bases (15th, 84), ERA (18th, 3.73), Opp BA (16th, .258)
• Zach Braun - Home Runs (t16th, 5)
• Trevor Purvis - Walks (t14th, 24)
• Juan Molero - Hit by Pitch (t13th, 8)
• Phil Bray - Opp BA (11th, .247), IP (5th, 64.0), K (5th, 56), K Looking (3rd, 22), Wins (t4th, 7)
• Miles Campbell - Walks Allowed (t7th, 12)