Bemidji State baseball begins 2017 season at William Jewell

Bemidji State baseball begins 2017 season at William Jewell
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Bemidji State baseball begins 2017 season at William Jewell

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The 2017 Bemidji State University baseball season officially begins March 3-5 as the program heads to Liberty, Mo., for a three-game series against William Jewell College. The Beavers and Cardinals play three nine-inning games with first-pitch times scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday from Talley Baseball Field.

  • Who: William Jewell (3-3) vs. Bemidji State (0-0)
  • When: Friday (2 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.), Sunday (12 p.m.)
  • Where: Liberty, Mo. (Talley Baseball Field)
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Series History

  • Overall Record: William Jewell leads 3-2 (1977-16)
  • Record at WJC: William Jewell leads 3-2 (1977-16)

Bemidji State 2016 Review

  • The Beavers finished the 2016 season with a 14-36 overall record and an 11-23 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
  • Bemidji State faced William Jewell four times last season, going 1-3 on the road.
  • Three of the four games versus WJC were decided by two runs or less, including a 17-16 win by BSU March 6.
  • The Beavers return 19 letter winners while losing 10, including the program’s top two all-time leaders in hits in Joey Hanowski and Tyler Nelson.
  • Nineteen newcomers join the squad, including 10 freshmen, one sophomore and eight juniors.
  • Sophomore catcher/outfielder Gunner Olszewski returns after being named to the 2016 All-NSIC First Team.

About William Jewell

  • William Jewell is led by 16th-year head coach Mike Stockton.
  • After beginning the season 0-3, William Jewell took a three-game sweep over Arlington Baptist College on the road.
  • The Cardinals are hitting .263 and have a 3.40 ERA with a .974 fielding percentage.

Quick Hits

  • Before Bemidji State and William Jewell played in 2016, the two programs had only met once in 1977.
  • During the first-ever meeting, BSU took a 12-6 win in nine innings under previous head coach Bob Montebello.
  • BSU last won its season opener March 8, 2014 versus Malone University, a 17-4 victory in Tucson, Ariz.
  • In last season’s season-opening 1-0 loss to Missouri Southern State University, pitcher Terry Hadden went 7.2 innings while allowing just two hits and totaling six strikeouts.

Climbing the Charts

  • Junior Scott Litchy returns after placing himself within the top 10 of several single-season records during the 2016 season.
  • Litchy finished in the top 10 in hits (2nd; 71), doubles (t-2nd, 16), RBIs (2nd; 51), at-bats (2nd; 193), triples (t-3rd; 4) and games played (t-10th; 49).
  • Litchy is also climbing multiple career record lists including triples (3rd; 6), home runs (7th; 12), RBIs (8th; 82) and highest batting average (9th; .346).

Record-Setting Season

  • The Beavers saw several individual and team single-season records along with individual career records broken following the 2016 campaign.
  • 2016 seniors Joey Hanowski and Tyler Nelson finished their careers as the program’s all-time leaders in hits, as Hanowski finished on top with 207 hits followed by Nelson with 194.
  • The duo also left the program with the top two spots on the runs scored list, Hanowski again leading with 121 and Nelson finishing with 115.
  • Hanowski also finished as the leader in at-bats (628) and walks (90) while Nelson finished with the most triples (9) and the highest batting average (.375).
  • Four single-season individual records were broken last season, including at-bats (Nelson; 205), hits (Nelson, 89), triples (Nelson; 6) and runs scored (Hanowski; 47).
  • As a team, the Beavers set single-season records in at-bats (1,706), hits (533), stolen bases (49) and triples (18) in 2016.

Pitching Outlook

  • The BSU pitching staff tied a single-season record in innings pitched last season with 391.0.
  • The Beavers return five starting pitchers from last season, led by senior Mark Lesinski with a 5.33 ERA.
  • Lesinski threw two complete games last season with one shutout win.
  • Senior Jack Stigman was the main strikeout threat from the mound, leading BSU with 46 Ks.
  • Three relief pitchers return with at least 10 games pitched in last season, including senior Logan Riedel who lead the entire pitching staff with a 3.21 ERA.
  • Riedel also led the team with a .162 opposing batting average and totaled 27 strikeouts in 28.0 innings pitched.

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).