BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The heavy snow from this past winter has pushed the Bemidji State University baseball team’s home opener against Minnesota State University, Mankato to Mankato, Minn., Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31. The Beavers and Mavericks will play a four-game series starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday, with three of the four counting towards their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference records.
- Who: Bemidji State (2-16, 1-6 NSIC) vs. Minnesota State (14-7, 6-4 NSIC)
- When: Saturday, March 30 (1:30 / 3:30 p.m.) / Sunday, March 31 (12 / 3 p.m.)
- Where: Mankato, Minn. (Bowyer Field)
Series History Under Bellew
- Overall Record: MSU leads, 33-6
- BSU Home Record: MSU leads, 12-0
- BSU Away Record: MSU leads, 10-0
Bemidji State Overview
- Bemidji State earned its first win in NSIC play following a split against Concordia University-St. Paul Wednesday, March 27. The Beavers won game one, 6-4, after coming back in the seventh inning before dropping game two, 9-1.
- BSU trailed by one run in the top of the seventh inning of game one and took the lead with three consecutive two-out RBI hits to give it a 6-4 lead. Sophomore Matt Kummet knocked in the game-tying run while junior Kade Nelson drove in the go-ahead RBI during the next at-bat.
- Senior pitcher Tommy Geisenhof (1-1) earned the win in game one while senior pitcher Jesse Palafox struck out three of four batters faced to earn his first save of the season.
- BSU hit .266 from the plate with a .309 on-base percentage and a .953 fielding percentage during the doubleheader.
- Seven Beavers combined for 13 hits in game one while sophomore Blake Huntley recorded two of the team’s four hits in game two.
- Senior Drake Wawro’s 10-game on-base streak was halted in game while freshman Jacob Carlson has reached base safely in nine straight games.
- Freshman pitcher Zack Henderson threw 4.0 innings with two strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .188 batting average.
- Sophomore Wyatt White leads the team hitting .314 from the plate with five walks and two stolen bases. Wawro follows hitting .313 from the plate and leads the team with a .436 on-base percentage. Junior Isaiah Grancorvitz paces BSU with seven RBI, followed by junior Noah Boser with six.
- BSU is led by 14th-year head coach Tim Bellew, who is the second-winningest coach in Beaver Baseball history with a 211-425-1 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 Minnesota State
- Minnesota State opened its week with a doubleheader split against University of Minnesota Crookston Tuesday, March 26. The Mavericks picked up an 8-7 win in 12 innings before falling 4-3 to the Golden Eagles.
- MSU came back from a 5-0 deficit after the top of the first inning in game one while tying the game, 6-6, in the bottom of the second. Neither team scored until the 11th inning, as UMC and MSU each put up one run. The Mavericks took game one with a walk-off sacrifice fly.
- UMC scored all four of its runs in game two in the fifth inning, while MSU brought in two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.
- Both squads totaled 19 hits on the day, while MSU went .284 from the plate and gave up three errors in the field. The Mavericks pitching staff totaled 17 strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .268 batting average through both games.
- Tom Imholte paced MSU with five hits on the day, adding one RBI and one run in each game. Ty Denzer followed with four hits and added one walk, one RBI, and one run. Teddy Peterson was the only other Maverick with a multi-hit game, totaling three in MSU’s game one win.
- The Mavericks are led by 11th-year head coach Matt Magers, who has totaled a career record of 419-131 with five NSIC regular season championships and five NSIC Tournament championships since taking over as head coach in 2009.
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).