Beavers prep for doubleheader Thursday against Wildcats in Omaha

Beavers prep for doubleheader Thursday against Wildcats in Omaha
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Beavers prep for doubleheader Thursday against Wildcats in Omaha

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team continues the beginning of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule with a mid-week doubleheader at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21 against Wayne State College. The Beavers and Wildcats meet for the 43rd and 44th time at Millard North High School in Omaha, Neb.

  • Who: Bemidji State (1-13, 0-3 NSIC) vs. Wayne State (9-7, 0-3 NSIC)
  • When: Thursday, March 21 (10 a.m. / 12 p.m.)
  • Where: Omaha, Neb. (Millard North High School)

Series History Under Bellew

  • Overall Record: WSC leads, 35-7
  • Neutral Site Record: WSC leads, 3-1

Bemidji State Overview

  • Bemidji State opened the NSIC season with three losses to Augustana University. The Beavers took losses of 5-4, 16-7, and 13-1 to the defending national champions in Omaha, Neb.
  • During the opening game of the series, BSU held a 4-2 lead over AU going into the bottom of the fifth inning before the Vikings scored one run in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth to complete a comeback. After scoring five runs in the top of the first inning during game two, BSU was outscored 29-3 over the remainder of the series.
  • Junior catcher Isaiah Grancorvitz led BSU with four hits in the series with two runs scored and one RBI. He finished with a perfect fielding percentage after totaling a team-high 16 putouts.
  • Sophomore outfielder Wyatt White went 3-for-7 from the plate with two RBI, one walk, and one double, leading the team with a .571 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage.
  • Senior infielder Drake Wawro also totaled three hits in the series with three walks, two RBI, two runs scored, and one stolen base on one attempt.
  • Sophomore Jackson Back and freshman Kevin Smith threw at least 4.0 innings apiece while starting one game each against the Vikings. Both allowed three earned runs while Smith sent down four batters by strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .368 batting average.
  • BSU enters the season after being selected to finish 14th overall in the 2019 NSIC Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll.
  • BSU returns 13 position players, six relief pitchers, and four starting pitchers from last season.
  • BSU is led by 14th year head coach Tim Bellew, who is the second winningest coach in Beaver Baseball history with a 211-423-1 record overall. Bellew trails Bob Montebello (1959-87) by 87 wins for the program’s most victories by a head coach.
  • Former Beaver Baseball student-athlete and assistant coach Matt Ellinghuysen rejoins the coaching staff in 2019 in the same position. He spent the last two seasons at Southwest Minnesota State University after spending the 2014-16 seasons as Bellew’s top assistant.

About Wayne State

  • Wayne State dropped its first three games in conference play to University of Minnesota Crookston in Omaha, Neb. The Wildcats fell by scores of 4-0, 6-4, and 8-7.
  • The Wildcats are led by fifth year head coach Alex Koch, who has totaled a career record of 101-109 and 75-64 in NSIC play since taking over as head coach in 2015.
  • Senior third baseman Kyle Thompson went 6-for-12 from the plate with two home runs and three RBI in the series against the Golden Eagles. Junior second baseman Peyton Barnes went 3-for-9 from the plate while junior first baseman Bryce Bisenius extended his reached base streak to 14 straight games.
  • Thompson leads the conference with a .850 slugging percentage, is tied for first with four home runs, ranks tied for seventh with 17 RBI, and ranks ninth hitting .425 from the plate.
  • As a team, Wayne State leads the NSIC with 15 home runs, a .485 slugging percentage, 167 fielding assists, and 11 double play turned. The Wildcats also rank among the top five in the league with 107 RBI (2nd), 40 doubles (2nd), 250 total bases (2nd), 120 runs scored (3rd), 155 hits (3rd), five triples (t-4th), 61 walks (t-4th), a .266 opposing batting average (4th), 131 batters struck out (4th) and 23 stolen bases (5th).

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).