BSU travels for two-game series prior to home opener

BSU travels for two-game series prior to home opener
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
BSU travels for two-game series prior to home opener

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team ends its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season-opening road trips with a two-game series at Northern State University April 6. BSU will follow with its home opener April 9-10 against Winona State University at the BSU Baseball field.

The Beavers and Wolves begin Wednesday’s doubleheader at 12 p.m. in Aberdeen, S.D. Bemidji State and Winona State begin the four-game series Saturday with a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m. and finish with a doubleheader Sunday at 12 p.m. The NSIC doubleheaders 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
  • Bemidji State fell in the season series at Minnesota State, Mankato after weather forced the original start time back one day
  • After facing a 3-0 deficit heading into the sixth inning, the Beavers made a push back but fell in game one, 6-3
  • BSU attempted to come back from an 11-2 deficit in game two but again fell, 11-6
  • Bemidji State opened scoring in game three with three first inning runs before Minnesota State scored the walk off RBI single in the ninth inning to win, 8-7
  • Game four was a pitcher’s duel as neither team scored until another walk off win by MSU, 1-0
  • Outfielder Scott Litchy led BSU in hitting with a .438 average and a .563 slugging percentage
  • Outfielder Tyler Nelson saw his 18-game hit streak and 21-game on-base streak come to an end
  • Nelson, infielder Duane Miller and catcher Matthew Wixon each totaled two RBIs to lead the team
  • Starting pitcher Ryan Fransen led the starting rotation with one earned run allowed in his first complete game of the season
  • Fransen finished with a .250 batting average against in 6.2 innings pitched
  • Relief pitcher Logan Riedel led all BSU pitchers with a 0.00 ERA in 4.0 innings pitched
  • Riedel finished with two strikeouts and no hits against in his sixth appearance of the season
  • Relief pitchers Zach Petray and Cody Benson combined for a 0.00 ERA in 3.1 innings pitched

About Northern State

  • Northern State hosts Bemidji State with an 11-7 record overall and a 4-2 mark in the NSIC
  • The Wolves split a four-game series with Upper Iowa University April 3-4
  • NSU took a win each day, 5-3 and 5-4, but also tallied a loss each day, 19-9 and 14-4, in eight innings
  • The team batting average of .350 and 151 RBIs rank second in the NSIC
  • The Wolves have been active on the base paths with 35 stolen bases on 42 attempts
  • Striking out Northern State’s batters has been a task for opponents, as the team holds a conference-low 106 strikeouts
  • NSU’s pitching staff has totaled a 7.46 ERA and an opposing batting average of .332

About Winona State

  • Winona State enters the week with a 5-15 record overall and a 2-5 mark in the NSIC
  • WSU plays a two-game series at Southwest Minnesota State University April 6 before heading to Bemidji April 9-10
  • The Warriors grabbed their first conference wins of the season with a series split against University of Minnesota Duluth
  • The Bulldogs opened the series with 13-7 and 14-8 wins against the Warriors
  • Winona State followed with a doubleheader sweep, 14-3 and 13-4, to finish the series against Minnesota Duluth
  • WSU ranks second-to-last in the conference with a .276 batting average
  • The Warriors are hitting .274 from the plate with a .346 on-base percentage
  • The pitching staff holds a 5.69 ERA with 116 strikeouts compared to 73 walks
  • Opposing batters are hitting .313 against WSU pitchers

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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).