Beaver Baseball opens spring trip in Minneapolis and Grand Prairie, Texas

Beaver Baseball opens spring trip in Minneapolis and Grand Prairie, Texas
Monday, March 6, 2017
Beaver Baseball opens spring trip in Minneapolis and Grand Prairie, Texas

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team heads south for its annual spring trip, beginning with two series against Upper Iowa University and Arlington Baptist College March 8 and March 10-11. The Beavers open their spring trip Wednesday with a doubleheader against the Peacocks at 9:30 p.m. at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis while BSU will then head down to face the Patriots for a three-game series Friday and Saturday at Grand Prairie Airhog Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Who: Upper Iowa (1-3) vs. Bemidji State (1-2)
  • When: Wednesday (9:30/11:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Minneapolis, Minn. (US Bank Stadium)
  • Watch: N/A
  • Listen:
  • Social Media: @BSUBeaversBase


  • Tickets can be purchased at the US Bank Stadium ticket office. Find directions to the ticket off in the US Bank Stadium map on the right side of this page.

Series History

  • Overall Record: UIU leads 23-13 (2006-14)
  • Neutral Record vs UIU: UIU leads 1-0 (2007)

  • Who: Bemidji State (1-2) vs. Arlington Baptist (5-14)
  • When: Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (1/3 p.m.)
  • Where: Grand Prairie, Texas. (QuikTrip Park)
  • Watch: N/A
  • Listen: N/A
  • Social Media: @BSUBeaversBase

Series History

  • Overall Record: Never met
  • Record at ABC: Never met

Bemidji State Overview

  • Bemidji State began its 2017 season 1-2 in a three-game series at William Jewell College, taking its season opener, 10-3.
  • Senior infielder Duane Miller led the Beavers with six RBIs over the weekend, including a two-run home run Friday and a three-run home run Saturday.
  • Miller is the first Beaver to hit home runs in the first two games of the season since Zach Braun did so in 2014.
  • Senior infielder Matt Mastantuono recorded five RBIs in the season opener, including his first career home run.
  • Mastantuono finished the weekend .429 from the plate to lead all BSU starters.
  • Bemidji State is averaging .328 from the plate with a .325 on-base percentage and four steals.
  • After outscoring the season-opening 10-3 win, the Beavers were outscored by the Cardinals, 23-4, over the next two games.
  • The pitching staff totaled an 8.64 ERA, .375 opposing batting average with 13 strikeouts while BSU is fielding .980.
  • Senior LHP Mark Lesinski threw 6.0 innings in the season-opening win, allowing five hits for a .227 opposing batting average and two strikeouts.

About Upper Iowa

  • The Peacocks are led by first year head coach Brandon Hunt.
  • Upper Iowa went 1-3 in its season-opening series at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas Feb. 25-26.
  • Newman took the first two games of the series, 13-10 and 15-12, before UIU took the third game, 6-5. Newman finished the series with a 13-2 win.
  • Upper Iowa plays a doubleheader Tuesday, March 7 at Quincy University starting at 1 p.m.
  • The Peacocks are hitting .353 from the plate and have an 11.67 ERA with a .941 fielding percentage.

About Arlington Baptist

  • Arlington Baptist began its season Jan. 27-28 with a three-game series against University of Houston-Victoria, taking the first game, 6-5 before losses of 4-0 and 9-8.
  • The Patriots played two doubleheaders over its last weekend, going 3-1. ABC won each game by at least five runs against Central Christian College and Schreiner University.
  • Arlington Baptist hosts Prairie View A&M University for a doubleheader March 7 before hosting Bemidji State.

Quick Hits

  • Bemidji State and Upper Iowa have not met since 2014 and have played in one neutral site game in series history, won 22-9 by UIU.
  • Bemidji State and Arlington Baptist have never met.
  • BSU won its season opener for the first time since March 8, 2014 versus Malone University, a 17-4 victory in Tucson, Ariz.

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).