Beaver Baseball begins 2021 season with opening games of spring trip

Beaver Baseball begins 2021 season with opening games of spring trip
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Beaver Baseball begins 2021 season with opening games of spring trip

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team returns to the diamond for its 2021 season opener March 6 in a doubleheader against the University of Minnesota Crookston and William Jewell College during the opening games of its spring trip in Fort Scott, Kan.

Bemidji State vs. Minnesota Crookston

  • Who: Bemidji State (0-0, 0-0 NSIC) vs. Minnesota Crookston (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
  • When: Saturday, March 6 (2 p.m.)
  • Where: Fort Scott, Kansas (LaRoche Baseball Complex)

Series History Under Bellew

  • Overall Record: BSU leads, 21-12
  • Neutral Record: BSU leads, 7-1

Bemidji State vs. William Jewell

  • Who: Bemidji State (0-0, 0-0 NSIC) vs. William Jewell (0-0, 0-0 GLVC)
  • When: Saturday, March 6 (5 p.m.)
  • Where: Fort Scott, Kansas (LaRoche Baseball Complex)

Series History Under Bellew

  • Overall Record: WJC leads, 9-2
  • Neutral Record: Never played

Bemidji State Overview

  • Bemidji State enters the season after being selected to finish 15th overall in the 2021 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll.
  • The Beavers played just 12 games (2-12) during the shortened 2020 season. BSU opened the year with back-to-back wins against Rockhurst University, 4-3 and 8-0, on Feb. 21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Bemidji State was taken down in the finale of a three-game series against Rockhurst before falling in four straight to William Jewell Feb. 28-March 1 in Liberty, Mo. BSU then traveled to Tucson, Ariz., for its spring trip before the season was canceled due to COVID-19 on March 12.
  • Bemidji State ranked third in the NSIC last season in total walks (67), fourth in walks allowed per nine innings (3.83), and ranked fifth in stolen bases (19) and triples (4). As a team, the Beavers hit .264 from the plate with a .336 slugging percentage and a .384 on-base percentage. BSU totaled 51 RBI with 61 total runs scored on 102 hits from the plate.
  • On the mound, BSU totaled an 8.52 ERA in 94.0 innings pitched with 72 strikeouts and 40 walks allowed with a .358 opponent batting average.
  • Senior Noah Boser and junior Hunter Lake were selected as BSU’s Players to Watch for the upcoming season.
  • Boser started the 2020 season hot from the plate and led BSU hitting .409 from the plate with 18 hits, 11 runs, seven walks, four RBI, four triples, four steals and two walks. He also tallied a .962 fielding percentage with one error and 25 putouts. During BSU’s opening-day sweep over Rockhurst, Boser went 5-of-7 from the plate with two triples and one RBI.
  • Lake has made two appearances throughout his career, both coming last season as a pinch hitter and third baseman.
  • BSU enters under 16th year head coach Tim Bellew, who is the second winningest coach in Beaver Baseball history with a 220-458-1 record overall. Bellew trails Bob Montebello (1959-87) by 78 wins for the program’s most victories by a head coach.
  • Three former Beaver Baseball student-athletes join Bellew on the coaching staff, led by head assistant coach Matt Ellinghuysen. 2021 is Ellinghuysen’s sixth season behind Bellew and is joined by Jesse Palafox and Dan Bennett as assistant coaches.

About Minnesota Crookston

  • The Golden Eagles are led by seventh-year head coach Steve Gust. He has led UMC to three NSIC Tournament appearances and holds a record of 123-138 with the Golden Eagles.
  • UMC was voted to finish seventh in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, their highest ranking in the poll in program history. Nine players who started five or more games last season return after an 8-5 start to the 2020 season.
  • Minnesota Crookston hit .324 from the plate with 101 runs scored, 22 doubles, seven triples, 18 home runs and 89 RBI during the shortened season.
  • On the mound, UMC recorded a 4.21 ERA with 103 hits, 59 runs and 45 walks allowed with 101 strikeouts.
  • Junior outfielder Brock Reller was named UMC’s Player to Watch after hitting .360 with 15 runs scored, two doubles, four triples, five home runs and 17 RBI last season.
  • Senior Jayden Grover was named the team’s Pitcher to Watch after recording a 2-1 record with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts to seven walks. Grover is the program’s all-time strikeout leader.

About William Jewell

  • The Cardinals are led by head coach Mike Stockton in his 20th season with the program. He holds the program’s second most wins as head coach and enters the weekend with a career record of 557-386-1.
  • WJC was voted to finish sixth in the Green Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
  • William Jewell finished the 2020 season with an 8-7 record, including four wins over Bemidji State.
  • The Cardinals hit .292 from the plate on 134 hits with 101 runs scored, 37 doubles, 13 home runs, 91 RBI and 22 stolen bases.
  • On the mound, WJC recorded a 7.61 ERA with 142 hits, 113 runs and 76 walks allowed with 92 strikeouts.
  • Sophomore outfielder Anthony Hansen led the team hitting .368 on 21 hits with five doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI.
  • Senior pitcher Shane Cavallo led the pitching staff with a 0.87 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched with nine hits, five walks and one run allowed with 11 strikeouts.

Fans will be allowed to attend games hosted at the LaRoche Baseball Complex in Fort Scott.

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).