The Bemidji State University baseball earned the No. 8 seed in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament by finishing with a 13-13 league record. The Beavers begin the tournament with a first round contest against No. 1 seed and host St. Cloud State University May 8 at 11 a.m. at Faber Field in St. Cloud, Minn.
If Bemidji State wins game one, it will play the winner of the Winona State University/Concordia University, St. Paul game Thursday at 2 p.m. The losers of those games do battle at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Win or lose, the next game will be played on Faber Field.
The double elimination tournament will be held on both Dick Putz Field and Faber Field in St. Cloud and runs May 8-11. All tournament games are scheduled to be nine innings. SCSU was the predetermined host of the tournament. The winner of the NSIC Tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament.
About Bemidji State
Bemidji State is playing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament for the first time since 2008. With a 13-13 NSIC record, the Beavers tied with University of Sioux Falls (14-14) for the eighth spot in the league standings, but BSU was awarded the tie breaker to earn the No. 8 seed in the league’s postseason event. BSU finished 22-20 overall to become the seventh team to reach 20 wins in the 62-year history of the program. Bemidji State has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for just the second time in program history. The Beavers finished above .500 for the first time since 2002 and for just the 11th time in program lore.
The Beavers last made the NSIC Tournament in 2008 and have continued to postseason play just four times before that: 2002, 1997, 1998 and 1996 (inaugural tournament). BSU is 4-9 all-time in NSIC Tournament Games and in 2008 won its opening contest 5-2 before falling 8-2 in its second and final game - the tournament was shortened due to rain.
The big 21-1 victory April 29 handed the Beavers their 20th win of the season to mark the seventh time a Beaver team has reached the victory plateau and the second time in program history teams produced back-to-back 20-win seasons. BSU went 21-25 overall in 2012 to rank fifth in all-time wins. The school record for wins in a season is 27, by the 1993 (27-19-1) team.
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 23-27 (16-20 NSIC)
2013 22-20 (13-13 NSIC)
NSIC Doles Out Yearly Awards
Bemidji State head coach Tim Bellew was named NSIC Coach of the Year Tuesday to become just the second BSU skipper to earn the award (Jim Grimm 2002 and 1997). In 2013, the Beavers finished first in the NSIC in batting average (.330), second in fielding percentage (.970) and fifth in team ERA (4.15).
Senior shortstop Lewis Baumann earned his first career all-conference honor at shortstop after he finished the regular season third in the league in batting average with a .397 mark after sitting above .400 for most the season.
Senior Logan Kalis (DH) was named as the first team designated hitter for the second consecutive season after he went .364 at the plate to finish 16th in the NSIC.
Junior catcher Zach Braun, a 2012 All-NSIC First Team catcher, was named to the second team after his 15 doubles finished tied for fourth in the league.
Senior outfielder Trevor Purvis was awarded his first all-conference honor in his second season with Bemidji State. The outfielder posted a .375 batting average to finish 13th in the NSIC.
Sophomore infielder Jack Hegarty, in his first season as a Beaver after transferring from Centry College, earned a spot on the Gold Glove Team. He played in 28 games with 27 starts at both second base and shortstop.
The four all-conference team members marks the first time since 2004, BSU had more than three student-athletes named to the all-conference team. With the additions of Bellew and Hegarty, it is the most awards Bemidji State has racked-up since 1997.
LAST TIME VERSUS THE OPPONENTS
No. 1 St. Cloud State
The Beavers just saw the Huskies as the two teams met in the regular season finale. BSU won game one of the series May 4 behind the arm of lefty Phil Bray, who allowed just one run on four hits to lift the Beavers to the 4-1 victory. BSU went on to lose the rest of the series by the scores of 8-1, 5-4 and 6-3. Head coach Tim Bellew is 5-15-1 versus St. Cloud State.
No. 2 Minnesota State
BSU only saw Minnesota State in nonconference play this season, as its mid-week with the Mavericks was canceled. The Beavers defeated then-No. 18 Minnesota State 2-1 in an 11-inning thriller in game one. A committee of pitchers, in Miles Campbell, Ryan Brezinski and Logan Kalis allowed just one run on seven hits. BSU lost game two 1-0. Bellew is 6-15 against the Mavericks.
No. 3 Augustana
BSU didn’t see Augustana this season, as the mid-week with the Vikings was canceled. In 2012, the Beavers hosted Augie in a four-game series. After losing the first game 7-2, BSU split the first day with a 7-5 victory. The Vikings came back the next day and won 10-6 and 12-1. Bellew is 4-11 against the Vikings.
No. 4 Winona State
A road series at Winona State was scheduled, but didn’t happen due to weather this season. In 2012, BSU hosted the Warriors and went 1-3. BSU won the second game of the series 23-12, but fell 21-9, 7-6 and 20-12. Bellew is 4-22 all-time versus Winona State.
No. 5 Concordia-St. Paul
BSU and CU had its series moved from St. Paul, Minn. to Sioux Falls, S.D this year. The teams battled to a split series. On day one, the Beavers took game one 2-0 in 10 innings off a Lewis Baumann home run. BSU lost game two 5-4 and game three of the series 6-1, but capped the trip with a 7-6 victory. Bellew is 9-20 against the Golden Bears.
No. 6 Wayne State
The Beavers played the Wildcats at the H.H.H. Metrodome in nonconference play and traveled to Wayne, Neb. for a mid-week conference tilt this season. BSU lost at the Metrodome by identical scores of 3-2 (nine innings in game two). In Wayne, the Beavers fell 5-0 and 8-4. Bellew is 3-29 versus the Wildcats.
No. 7 Minnesota Duluth
BSU met UMD at the Metrodome earlier this season and defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 in nine innings off a Minnesota Duluth error. The Beavers took game two 13-6. Bellew is 9-18 all-time versus UMD.
• The Beavers have produced 104 runs in the sixth inning and beyond, while allowing 72.
• BSU is 12-6 when scoring first and 7-5 when posting a run in the first inning. Bemidji State leads its opponent 31-22 in the first inning this season.
• The Beavers have gone into extra innings seven times this season (5-2) after only going past the scheduled number of innings once in 2012.
• BSU posted 22 hits in the 12-5 March 16 victory against Minot State. The single game hit total was the best by any NSIC team in 2013 until April 15, then the Beavers totaled 26 hits against MISU April 29 to retake the top spot in the conference this season.
• The Beavers finished first in the NSIC and 21st nationally in batting average (.330), second in the league and 17th in the nation in fielding percentage (.970) and fifth in the conference and 81st in the nation in team ERA (4.15).
• Senior Logan Kalis posted a 14-game hitting streak Feb. 16-March 29. He has 13 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games this season.
• Senior Lewis Baumann recorded a 14-game hitting streak from Feb. 26-April 3 and owns a team-best (tied) 17 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games.
• Senior Phil Bray recorded 13 strikeouts against Concordia-St. Paul March 29 to tie a career-high and own the most strikeouts by an NSIC player until April 27. He finished tied for second in the league in strikeouts with 69.
NSIC Preseason Poll
After narrowly missing the post season and finishing eighth in 2012 with a 16-20 league record, the Bemidji State University baseball team was picked to finish seventh in the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll. BSU earned 112 points and the seventh spot in the poll – its highest since 2008.
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper listed its 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) NCAA Division II Preseason All-Americans in late January. Included as an ABCA Preseason All-American from the Central Region were Bemidji State University’s Zach Braun (Jr., C/1B, Lakeville, Minn.) and Logan Kalis (Sr., 1B/RHP/1B, Little Falls, Minn.).
Senior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) was named a Central Region Player to Watch, while freshman Joey Hanowski (INF/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) was named a Newcomer to Watch.
The Preseason All-American awards are the first of their kind under head coach Tim Bellew, who is in his eighth season at BSU.
NSIC and NCBWA Central Region Player of the Week
Senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week March 18, then National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Central Region Player of the Week March 20.
Baumann is the first regional player of the week during head coach Tim Bellew’s eight seasons at BSU.
He posted a .583 batting average on a team-high 14 hits in 24 at bats, while batting in the nine-hole position. He recorded seven extra base hits, which included four doubles, two home runs and a triple, totaled 26 bases and posted a 1.083 slugging percentage. The shortstop added eight runs and eight RBIs with one walk and one hit by pitch. He posted a .593 on-base percentage and recorded a stolen base.
In the field he recorded a .957 fielding percentage with 16 assists, six putouts and was apart of three double plays.
NSIC Player of the Week
Senior Jaryd Marks (1B/RHP, Cottage Grove, Minn.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week April 30, in an announcement from the league office. The conference honor is the first of Marks’ career.
Marks posted a .593 batting average to guide the Beavers to a 6-0 week in NSIC play April 24-29. In 27 at-bats he recorded 16 hits, drove in 10 runs and added 10 runs scored. He totaled 20 bases and posted a .621 on-base percentage. The senior had a .741 slugging percentage and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage after 26 putouts and two assists. The first baseman recorded two four-hit games and two three-hit games during the week. In a game against Minot State University Monday, he went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. In 27 at-bats he had just one strikeout.
NSIC Pitcher of the Week
Senior lefty Phil Bray (Chatfield, Minn.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week April 1, in an announcement from the league office.
Bray didn’t allow a run in eight innings of a start in the Beavers’ NSIC opener March 29. He was credited with a no decision in the 2-0, 10-inning (scheduled seven-innings) victory against Concordia University, St. Paul. The senior lefty allowed just three hits (all singles) and totaled 13 strikeouts to tie a career-high and record the most Ks by an NSIC pitcher this season. In 25 at-bats, CU mustered just a .120 batting average.
With three players/pitchers earning league honors this season, 10 student-athletes have been named to the weekly award under head coach Tim Bellew to earn a player of the week honor from the league. (Six player, four pitcher of the week honors).
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).