Bemidji State, Winona State to play doubleheader in Winona, Minn.

Bemidji State, Winona State to play doubleheader in Winona, Minn.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Bemidji State, Winona State to play doubleheader in Winona, Minn.

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team will remain away from Bemidji, Minn., but will play as the home team Wednesday during a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader against Winona State University in Winona, Minn. The Beavers and Warriors will play a nine-inning and seven-inning game beginning at 1 p.m. at Loughrey Field.

  • Who: Bemidji State (2-20, 1-9 NSIC) vs. Winona Statel (11-10, 5-5 NSIC)
  • When: Wednesday, April 3 (1 / 3 p.m.)
  • Where: Winona, Minn. (Loughrey Field)

Series History Under Bellew

  • Overall Record: WSU leads, 30-11
  • BSU Home Record: WSU leads, 12-4
  • BSU Away Record: WSU leads, 18-6

Bemidji State Overview

  • Bemidji State earned its first win in NSIC play with a comeback victory in the seventh inning Wednesday, March 27 at Concordia University-St. Paul. Over the past week of games, BSU went 1-5 and 1-4 in the NSIC
  • After trailing 4-3 entering the top of the seventh inning, BSU used three straight two-out RBI singles to score the game-winning runs.
  • On the week, the Beavers hit .202 from the plate, fielded .950, and stole seven bases on 10 attempts.
  • Beaver relief pitchers totaled a 4.91 ERA with 10 strikeouts.
  • Sophomore infielder Blake Huntley led BSU with a .438 batting average, including seven hits, three RBI, a .438 slugging percentage, a .500 on-base percentage, and two walks. Huntley had a six-game hitting streak ended against Minnesota State University, Mankato but is on a seven-game reached base streak.
  • Sophomore catcher/designated hitter Matt Kummet recorded five hits and 10 putouts with a perfect fielding percentage.
  • Senior pitcher Tommy Geisenhof recorded BSU’s win while senior pitcher Jesse Palafox earned his first save of the season, striking out three batters in the seventh inning against CSP. Palafox threw 5.0 innings over the week with seven strikeouts and an opposing batting average of .318.
  • BSU is led by 14th-year head coach Tim Bellew, who is the second-winningest coach in Beaver Baseball history with a 212-430-1 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 Winona State

  • Winona State was swept during its last week of games, falling 5-2 and 5-4 to Minot State University. WSU’s three-game series versus University of Minnesota Crookston was cancelled due to poor field conditions in Crookston, Minn.
  • Winona State took a 1-0 lead after the first inning but gave up two runs in the third inning, one in the sixth inning, and two in the seventh of the game one loss. During game two, Minot State went ahead, 1-0, after the first inning before Winona State took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. MiSU followed with three runs in the sixth inning for the game-winning runs.
  • The Warriors hit .333 from the plate with three extra-base hits.
  • WSU ranks second in the NSIC in fielding percentage (.976) and egihth in the country.
  • Sophomore Nicolas Herold tossed three shutout innings against Minot State and has not allowed an earned run over 10.1 innings pitched in eight appearances this season.
  • Freshman Kyle Gendron allowed two runs on just three hits over 5.0 innings while striking out five in a no decision.
  • Nick Nalewanski went 4-for-6 against MiSU with one double, one run scored, and one RBI.
  • Sam Kohnle has hit safely in 18-of-21 games this season and ranks sixth in the NSIC in batting average. (.421).
  • The Warriors are led by 17th-year head coach Kyle Poock, who has totaled a career record of 431-364-2 since taking over as head coach in 2003.

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).