BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University baseball team conducted its first official practice of 2014 Monday. Head coach Tim Bellew and senior captains Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) and Chad Hanson (OF, St. Paul, Minn.) reflect on fall practice and comment on embarking on another season.
The Beavers went 25-22 overall and 13-13 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play last season, while making a run to the NSIC Tournament Championship Game, aided by the play of 10 seniors. Bellew was named NSIC Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the regular season, while five players earned all-conference awards, which included Logan Kalis, who went on to earn All-America honors.
A lot of new faces make up the roster of the 2014 squad with 24 newcomers, but a solid group of 18 student-athletes from last season’s roster remain. Among the returning starters are captains Chad Hanson (Sr., OF, St. Paul, Minn.), Zach Braun (Sr., C, Lakeville, Minn.) and Joey Hanowski (So., INF/OF, Little Falls, Minn.). The top returner on the mound is senior Miles Campbell (RHP, Eden Prairie, Minn.).
The Beavers will practice in the John S. Glas Fieldhouse and Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center until getting outside on the BSU Baseball Field.
The Beavers will begin the season March 7-15 with a 10-game spring break trip to Tucson, Ariz. The NSIC slate is scheduled to begin on the road at Upper Iowa University March 29-30 with the first home contest set for April 9 versus Wayne State College.
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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).