BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University baseball team (16-15, 10-8 NSIC) hosts University of Minnesota Crookston (1-35, 0-24 NSIC) April 22 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader before hitting the road April 26-27 to battle nationally-ranked St. Cloud State University (28-7, 17-4 NSIC) in a league four-game series. Tuesday’s double dip is slated for a 3 p.m start. Saturday and Sunday twin bills are set to begin at 12 p.m.
About Bemidji State
• The Beavers suffered their second consecutive doubleheader loss when it traveled to No. 3 Minnesota State April 15 and fell 7-4 and 8-0 to the Mavericks. BSU rebounded in a four-game home series April 18-19 when it took three of four from Concordia-St. Paul. The Beavers swept the opening double dip with a 2-0 win and a 13-1 (7 innings) victory. After falling in game one Saturday, 23-9, BSU posted two runs in the bottom of the eighth in game two to take the 6-5 lead, which would be good for the win.
• Sophomore Tyler Nelson posted a .550 batting average to lead the Beavers to a 3-3 NSIC week. He went 11-for-20 and scored 12 runs with one RBI. He recorded a double, a triple, walked twice and didn’t strikeout in 20 at-bats. He totaled 14 bases, a .700 slugging percentage and .591 on-base percentage. Playing shortstop, the sophomore totaled 11 putouts and 11 assists with just one error for a .957 fielding percentage.
• Freshman Mark Kosmalski hurled a complete game and earned a 13-1 (7 innings) victory against visiting Concordia-St. Paul in game two of a April 18 league doubleheader. The win marked his first-collegiate victory (1-2), while it was his second complete game of the season. The redshirt-freshman allowed one run, but it was unearned to give him a 0.00 ERA. He scattered six hits, all singles, and fanned five CU batters, while issuing just one walk and hitting one.
• Three players are batting .300 or better (2.0 AB/ game), guided by Nelson’s .356 average. He has scored 29 runs to rank tied for 17th in the league.
• Sophomore Joey Hanowski is batting .351, while senior Zach Braun owns a .343 average and has a team-best 31 RBIs, which stands 15th in the NSIC (T7th with 1.0 RBI/G). Hanowski has drawn 20 walks to rank tied for fifth in the NSIC.
• On the bump, junior Tyler Saeugling owns a 3-4 record and a team-best 3.61 ERA, which stands 19th in the league. His 33 strikeouts ranks tied for 19th.
• Junior Drake Huggans’ six saves is tied for third in the NSIC.
• The Beavers were pegged to finish ninth in the 2014 NSIC Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll. Sixth through ninth in the poll were separated by 25 points.
About Minnesota Crookston
• Minnesota Crookston (1-35, 0-24 NSIC) has lost 28 straight. Last weekend UMC fell at home to Wayne State (4-0, 3-1, 9-2, 12-0).
• The team’s .214 batting average ranks 15th in the league, as does its slugging percentage (.266) and hits (223).
• The Golden Eagles own a league-worst 10.96 ERA.
• The squad has a .947 fielding percentage to rank 13th in the NSIC.
• Ryan Haggstrom owns a team-best .331 batting average.
Last Time Versus Minnesota Crookston
• The Beavers traveled to Crookston, Minn. April 25, 2013 and swept the league twin bill by the scores of 18-0 and 6-1.
About St. Cloud State
• The Huskies (28-7, 17-4 NSIC) earned the No. 19 ranking in the NCBWA national poll April 16. A new poll comes out April 22. SCSU is set to play at No. 8 Minnesota State April 23.
• St. Cloud State had its nine-game winning streak snapped on the road at Upper Iowa April 18 on a game one 2-1 loss. SCSU had swept the opening doubleheader by the scores of 8-2 and 12-2. The squad won the series finale 7-3.
• The Huskies are second in the NSIC in batting average (.352) and slugging percentage (.469). St. Cloud State leads the NSIC in hits per game (11.94).
• SCSU has also grounded into the most double plays in the NSIC (28).
• The Huskies have the league’s best ERA (2.62) and opposing batting average (.227).
• SCSU has a .960 fielding percentage, which is fifth in the conference.
• Six Husky batters are hitting .300 or better (3.0 TPA/G), guided by Eric Loxtercamp’s .392 (12th in NSIC).
Last Time Versus St. Cloud State
• BSU suffered an 18-9 loss to SCSU in Arizona earlier this season. Hits were 23-14 in favor of the Huskies.
• The Beavers twice defeated St. Cloud State in the 2013 NSIC Tournament, winning 9-3 and 12-2.
• BSU went 1-3 against SCSU in 2013 season-finale, wining game one 4-1, then losing 8-1, 5-4, 6-3.
• The Beaver batters have 4.68 strikeouts per game, which ranks as the second least in the NSIC.
• BSU is 11-2 when leading after the third inning, but have been outscored 87-72 in the first three frames this season (34-21 in the first inning).
• The Beavers are 10-1 when leading after the sixth inning (1-14 when trailing).
• BSU is 8-1 in one-run games, 4-1 in extra innings.
• Senior Zach Braun was named NSIC Player of the Week March 10 after he guided BSU to a 3-1 start by batting .538 with nine RBIs, five runs scored and three home runs. He posted 1.231 slugging and .667 on-base percentages.
• Freshman right-hander Ryan Rumpca made three appearances April 2-7 during which the Beavers went 3-0 and was named NSIC Pitcher of the Week April 8 for his efforts. He hurled seven innings where he didn’t allow a run, gave up just one hit and collected a win and a save. He fanned eight batters and issued only one walk.
• Braun posted a team season-long hitting streak of seven games March 15-April 2, then junior Dylan Webb matched the hitting streak March 30-April10.
• Sophomore Tyler Nelson owns a team-best 10 multi-hit games (three Beavers have eight), while Braun is the leader in multi-RBI contests with nine (second best on the team has five).
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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).