Beavers officially open home schedule versus Golden Eagles, Cougars

Beavers officially open home schedule versus Golden Eagles, Cougars
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Beavers officially open home schedule versus Golden Eagles, Cougars


BEMIDJI, Minn. -- After cold and snowy weather pushed the Bemidji State Unviersity baseball team’s home opener out of Bemidji, Minn., the team looks to officially open its 2016 home schedule at BSU Baseball Field Wednesday against University of Minnesota Crookston and this weekend against University of Sioux Falls. The Beavers (6-24, 3-11 NSIC) and Golden Eagles (13-10, 6-3 NSIC) play a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday followed by a four-game series Saturday and Sunday against the Cougars (11-14, 5-4 NSIC).

The NSIC doubleheaders consist of a seven-inning game one and a nine-inning game two.

About Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State swept Northern State in a two-game road series before going 1-3 in a home series at Winona State
  • BSU took its first NSIC wins at NSU, 9-6 and 11-9
  • After losing its first three games to the Warriors, the Beavers took the final game of the series, 17-7 in seven innings
  • The Beavers out-hit their opponents .356 to .312 from the plate and led in fielding percentage
  • Outfielder Tyler Nelson tied the program’s single-season record for triples with his fifth three-bagger in the final game against Winona State
  • Nelson saw an 18-game hit streak come to an end April 3 at Minnesota State University, Mankato, the second longest hit streak in Bemidji State program history
  • Nelson also recorded a 21-game on-base streak, which was ended April 4 against Minnesota State
  • Catcher/designated hitter Gunner Olszewski hit his team-leading fifth home run, all coming during the NSIC schedule
  • Outfielder Scott Litchy hit .545 over the past five games with 10 RBIs, three doubles and two stolen bases
  • Left-hander Nate Heisick picked up his first win as a starter and right-hander Patrick Gonzalez earned his first win on the season against Northern State
  • Right-hander Jack Stigman recorded a career high nine strikeouts in six innings in BSU’s win over WSU
  • Bemidji State finished the 2015 season with a 5-9 record at BSU Baseball Field

About Minnesota Crookston

  • UMC is 13-10 on the season with a 6-3 conference mark
  • The Golden Eagles are in fifth place in the conference standings heading into the week
  • Minnesota Crookston played just two games last week, falling in both to Sioux Falls
  • The Golden Eagles’ weekend series against Concordia University-St. Paul was cancelled due to weather
  • Minnesota Crookston is led on the season by Reed Hjelle, who is hitting .402 with 20 runs and 20 RBI
  • UMC senior Kenny Perez is hitting .402 with 12 runs scored, six home runs and 28 RBI
  • Senior Ryan Haggstrom has recorded a .386 batting average, 26 runs scored, three home runs and 24 RBI
  • UMC is hitting .311 on the season as a team
  • On the mound, Nolan Wahlberg is 5-1 with a 5.23 ERA in 43.0 innings pitched
  • Luke Thoma comes into the week with a 3-0 mark and a 5.11 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched

About Sioux Falls

  • The Cougars defeated Minnesota Crookston, 14-1 and 15-8 before dropping 3-of-4 to UMD
  • USF defeated UMD 13-8 in the final after falling 17-8, 31-16 and 5-4 in a high-scoring series at Harmodon Park
  • USF has split its past six games.
  • In the six games, USF hit .393 with 86 hits in 219 at bat
  • USF had 70 runs scored with 16 doubles, two triples and nine homeruns
  • Josh Rehwaldt and Dylan Gavin hit .481 while Anthony Lopez batted .476
  • USF has jumped their batting average from .319 to .339, which is fourth in the NSIC

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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).