Bemidji State readies for second NSIC four-game road series

Bemidji State readies for second NSIC four-game road series
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Bemidji State readies for second NSIC four-game road series

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team plays its second Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference four-game road series April 2-3 at Minnesota State University Mankato at the MSU Baseball Complex. The Beavers (3-17, 0-4 NSIC) look for its first wins in the NSIC this season and the first win against the Mavericks (10-8, 1-3 NSIC) since 2013.

The NSIC doubleheaders begin Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. and consist of a seven-inning game one and a nine-inning game two.

About Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State was swept in its NSIC opening four-game series against Concordia-St. Paul
  • The Beavers scored first in every game and finished hitting .311 from the plate
  • The base paths were open for BSU, as the team stole four bases on five attempts and conversely shut CSP out of stolen bases on two attempts
  • Outfielder Logan Riedel’s third triple of the season put Bemidji State back in a tie for the NSIC lead in three-baggers with 11
  • Outfielder Tyler Nelson extended his hit streak to 18 games, the second longest for the program since 1998
  • He totaled nine hits for a .500 batting average, .722 slugging percentage and a .526 on-base percentage
  • Nelson is tied for the NSIC lead in triples with four, while Riedel and outfielder Scott Litchy are tied for third with three
  • The right fielder leads the NSIC with 36 hits and his four triples are one shy of tying the BSU single-season program record
  • Catcher Gunner Olszewski hit his first two career home runs in three games played, a three-run shot and a solo homer, and finished with six RBI
  • Relief pitcher Nate Heisick continued as the top relief option for BSU, finishing two appearances with a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings pitched
  • Heisick recorded three Ks and an opposing batting average of .286
  • Starting pitchers Jack Stigman and Ryan Fransen threw quality games, going 5.0 and 6.1 innings, respectively, without recording a loss
  • Stigman totaled six Ks, three hits allowed and an opposing batting average of .167
  • Fransen totaled three Ks and an opposing batting average of .190
  • Stigman leads the team in innings pitched (23.1) and starts (5), and ranks second among starting pitchers in ERA (7.33), strikeouts (15) and walks allowed (8)

About Minnesota State, Mankato

  • Minnesota State enters the weekend with a 10-8 record overall and a 1-3 mark in the NSIC after dropping the conference opening series to Minnesota Duluth
  • The Mavericks opened the four-game series with a 6-2 loss before the second game of a doubleheader was postponed due to darkness
  • MSU finished the second game of the series with a 3-2 win, followed by a 4-3 loss and a 13-9 loss in the final day of games
  • The Mavericks are hitting .286 from the plate with a .400 slugging percentage and a .383 on-base percentage
  • Minnesota State has allowed 21 home runs compared to eight on the offensive side, and has allowed 19 stolen bases compared to 12 for MSU
  • MSU’s pitching staff ranks third in the NSIC with a 5.20 ERA and second with 133 strikeouts

Projected Pitching Matchups

* Each team’s projected pitching matchups are based on early season usage, as the teams do not announce starting pitching matchups before a series.

  • Game One: RHP Terry Hadden (BSU) vs. RHP Dalton Roach (MSU)
  • Game Two: RHP Jack Stigman (BSU) vs. LHP Brody Rodning (MSU)
  • Game Three: LHP Mark Lesinski (BSU) vs. LHP Aaron Rozek (MSU)
  • Game Four: RHP Ryan Fransen (BSU) vs. RHP Mitchell Bauer (MSU)

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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).