BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The season-opening road trip for Bemidji State University baseball concludes as the program faces University of Minnesota Duluth March 23 and Winona State University March 25-26. The Beavers will make their second appearance at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis against the Bulldogs before heading to Winona, Minn., to face the Warriors in a four-game conference series.
- Who: Bemidji State (4-10) vs. Minn. Duluth (6-8)
- When: Thursday, March 23 (12:30/2:30 p.m.)
- Where: Minneapolis, Minn. (US Bank Stadium)
- Audio: http://beaverradionetwork.com/
- Overall Record: UMD leads, 101-39
- Neutral Record vs. UMD: Tied, 3-3
- Who: Bemidji State (4-10) vs. Winona State (3-11)
- When: Saturday, March 25 (12/2 p.m.) Sunday, March 26 (12/2 p.m.)
- Where: Winona, Minn. (Loughrey Field)
- Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/winona/baseball/
- Live Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/bsu/
- Overall Record: WSU leads, 156-39-1
- Record at WSU: WSU leads, 112-24-1
Bemidji State Overview
- Bemidji State finished its spring trip 2-4, including a 1-3 series against Augustana University to begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.
- BSU opened the week with an 18-0 loss March 14 at Rogers State University followed by a 6-3 win March 15 at Pittsburg State University.
- BSU took a 7-2 win in the third game of the series against Augie, led by junior pitcher Connor McNallan who threw a complete game in the win.
- BSU hit .183 from the plate with a .270 on-base percentage and totaled an 8.08 ERA and fielded .955 during the spring trip.
About Minnesota Duluth
- The Bulldogs are led by 12th-year head coach Bob Rients.
- Minnesota Duluth opened its conference slate 3-1 in a four-game series against Upper Iowa University March 19-20 in Fayette, Iowa.
- The Bulldogs swept the first day with 15-7 and 9-2 wins before the Peacocks took a 2-0 win in game three. UMD closed the series out with a 10-4 win in game four.
- UMD is hitting .309 from the plate and have an 8.23 ERA with a .931 fielding percentage.
About Winona State
- The Warriors are led by 15th-year head coach Kyle Poock.
- WSU went 3-1 for its first wins of the season in the NSIC opening series against University of Minnesota Crookston March 19-20.
- Winona State won the first three games of the series: 3-0, 3-2 and 5-0. Minnesota Crookston took the final game of the series, 11-6, in Winona, Minn.
- The Warriors are hitting .248 from the plate and have a 6.22 ERA with a .956 fielding percentage.
All in the Family
- Brothers Ben and Noah Boser led the Beavers in hitting during the team’s spring trip. Noah hit .435 from the plate followed by Ben at .344.
- Ben totaled 11 hits compared to 10 for Noah, while Noah led the team with five doubles.
- Ben finished the trip with a .941 fielding percentage, including 12 putouts, four assists and one error, while Noah made three putouts and no errors in the outfield.
Starting on the Mound
- Senior pitcher Terry Hadden made two appearances since March 8 with a 1.69 ERA, which topped all BSU starters.
- Hadden threw a complete game March 11 against Arlington Baptist College and allowed just two hits in a 2-1 loss that was called early due to rain in the seventh inning.
- Junior pitcher Connor McNallan threw a complete game in BSU’s 7-2 win at Augustana, finishing with two strikeouts and two earned runs allowed in 7.0 innings.
- Seniors Ryan Fransen and Jack Stigman led the starting staff with 10 strikeouts each since March 8, including a career-high nine by Stigman March 18 against Augie.
Driving in the Runs
- Senior outfielder/pitcher Logan Riedel led BSU with nine RBIs over the spring trip, including a grand slam March 10 against Arlington Baptist.
- Senior infielder Ryan Rumpca followed Riedel with seven RBIs, four coming in the series-opening win against Arlington Baptist.
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).