Beavers are set to host Minot State and then travel to Minnesota Duluth
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Beavers are set to host Minot State and then travel to Minnesota Duluth

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University baseball team, now 10-23, 7-11 NSIC, is set to be back at BSU Baseball Field April 15 for a midweek NSIC matchup against Minot State University before going on the road for eight straight, starting with University of Minnesota Duluth, April 18-19. The doubleheader Wednesday is set for 1 p.m., with the Beavers doubleheaders at Minnesota Duluth scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 12 p.m. (noon), respectively.

About Bemidji State:

  • The Beavers (10-23, 7-11 NSIC) went 2-4 in last week’s NSIC action as they swept Minnesota Crookston (Apr. 8) midweek but then fell to then-No. 7 Minnesota State Saturday and Sunday.
  • Terry Hadden hit his first home run of the year against the Golden Eagles (Apr. 8) that put the Beavers up 9-0 in the first game of the doubleheader.
  • Michael Herd was on the mound for the Beavers in game one, earning the win to move his record to 1-2 on the season. Herd pitched 4.1 innings, allowing only five hits.
  • With the first win against UMC, head coach Tim Bellew earned his 100th win in the NSIC.
  • Logan Riedel would get the BSU win after going six innings and allowing three earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts, sealing a sweep over UMC.
  • Terry Hadden would pick up the save for the Beavers, going two innings and shutting down UMC.
  • Collin Eckman hit three home runs in game two April 11 against Minnesota State, including a three-run and a two-run home run. Eckman ended the game going 4-for-4 and added in seven RBI.
  • Jake Tuholsky hit his first home run of the season against MSU and was 3-for-4 from the plate in game two Saturday. Tuholsky was second on the team with five RBI.
  • Also posting his first home run of the season was Mason Bellew with a solo shot in game one versus MSU.
  • The Beavers recorded 29 runs in the two games off 27 hits Saturday.
  • Eckman came back to pace the Beavers’ offense in both games Sunday as he went 2-for-3 in both games. He added one RBI in the doubleheader as well. Eckman rounded out the weekend batting .800, posted a slugging percentage of 1.700 and an .818 on-base percentage.

About Minot State:

  • The Beavers come into this midweek matchup holding an 8-19 overall record and a 5-11 mark in conference action. On the road, Minot is 3-6 on the season.
  • Minot is currently on a six-game slide after winning three straight games, first against Southwest Minnesota State and taking the first two games of a four-game series against Upper Iowa University.
  • Micah Holmen leads the Beavers at the plate with a .395 batting average going 17-for-43 and has a four game hitting streak. Jesse Goertzen leads the team in the field with 88 putouts, has added 11 assists and has only committed three errors for a .971 fielding percentage.
  • Nicholas Hammerl is another standout with a .388 batting average and leads the squad in doubles (11) and in hits (38).
  • Pitching the most innings on the mound for the beavers with a 2-3 record is Austin Berntson as he has 40.1 innings of work. Bernston has a 6.69 ERA in seven appearances.
  • Leading the pitching core in strikeouts this season is Austin Berntson with 41 in his 40.1 innings of work.
  • The Beavers have a collective .299 batting average in 27 games played and a team combined 8.65 ERA on the mound.

About Minnesota Duluth:

  • UMD (17-11, 11-7 NSIC) played a pair of series against NSIC competition last week, finishing 4-2 on the week at home, splitting a doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State on Wednesday before taking home the series with 3-of-4 against Winona State on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Nathan Jack leads the Bulldogs at the plate with a .400 batting average, as he is 2-for-5 at the plate, while teammate Jimmy Heck is batting .396 in 91 at-bats.
  • Heck has tallied nine doubles, two triples and one home run on the season and co-leads the squad in RBI (26) with Kyle Comer. Comer is batting .392 and leads the team in runs with 27.
  • UMD currently sits sixth in the NSIC standings, but a game back from third-place Concordia-St. Paul as the playoff standings will be a dogfight until the end of the conference season.
  • The Bulldogs have gotten on-base at a .412 clip this season, fourth-best in the league, while batting .312 and slugging .459, sitting in the middle of the pack for both statistics.
  • UMD’s pitching staff has posted the sixth-best ERA (5.27), less than half a run short of the fourth spot, and the fourth-best opposing batting average (.276).

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).