Bemidji State travels to Winona State for first conference road games

Bemidji State travels to Winona State for first conference road games
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Bemidji State travels to Winona State for first conference road games

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team is set to play its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road games of the season March 24 with a doubleheader at Winona State University. The Beavers and Warriors will play a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning game beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Loughrey Field in Winona, Minn.

  • Who: Bemidji State (1-7, 0-3 NSIC) at Winona State (3-5, 0-3 NSIC)
  • When: Wednesday, March 24 (1:30/3:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Winona, Minn. (Loughrey Field)

Series History Under Bellew

  • Overall Record: WSU leads, 32-11
  • Record in Bemidji: WSU leads, 12-4
  • Record in Winona: WSU leads, 20-6

Bemidji State Overview

  • Bemidji State began the NSIC schedule with its earliest home games in program history March 20-21 against Minnesota State University, Mankato. BSU served as the visiting team in the scorebook and was swept during a three-game series in losses of 13-0, 14-11 and 13-0.
  • BSU was limited to four hits combined during its 13-0 losses and added six fielding errors combined between the two games.
  • During game two of the series, Bemidji State nearly made an eight-run comeback after scoring seven runs over the final four innings. BSU took a 4-0 lead after the top of the third inning, which included five straight hits. Junior pitcher Parker Borg started strong on the mound with four strikeouts over the first two innings and finished with a career-high six in 3.2 innings pitched. MSU took its first and final lead of the game with five runs in the bottom of the third inning before adding one in the fourth and six in the fifth. Senior Isaiah Grancorvitz recorded his first home run of the season to add two runs in the sixth inning before BSU rattled off another five straight hits in the eighth to score five runs.
  • The Beavers entered the 14-11 loss with 37 hits on the season and ended the game with 56 after a season-high 19 hits through the game.
  • Sophomore infielder Tom Keohen and freshman outfielder Michael O’Malley led BSU in hitting over the weekend with four, all coming in the 14-11 loss. Keohen recorded a team-high three RBI, followed by O’Malley, Grancorvitz and junior designated hitter Logan Barrick with two each.
  • BSU averaged 7.7 runners left on base over the weekend and hit 10-for-31 from the plate with runners in scoring position.
  • Keohen leads the team with eight hits this season and is tied with freshman infielder Brooks Bachmann with a team-high .400 batting average. Keohen also leads the team with seven RBI and holds a perfect fielding percentage with 11 putouts and eight assists. Barrick has six RBI on seven hits this season with a slugging percentage of .542.
  • Junior pitcher Kenny Morris leads the team with 9.2 innings pitched and holds an ERA of 7.45 with eight strikeouts and three walks in three appearances. Freshman pitcher Jacob Mathiason made his collegiate debut in game two against MSU with two hits, two runs and three strikeouts in 3.0 innings.
  • Heading into Wednesday, Bemidji State ranks tied for eighth in the NSIC with 38 runs scored and 57 hits, and 12th with a .235 batting average.
  • The Beaver pitching staff ranks eight with 63 strikeouts and 15th with a 16.17 ERA.

About Winona State

  • The Warriors are led by head coach Kyle Poock in his 19th season with the program. He enters Wednesday with an overall record of 423-359-2 with Winona State.
  • WSU was swept in a three-game series against the University of Minnesota Crookston to open its conference schedule.
  • The Warriors took a 10-0 loss in game one Saturday before falling 12-11 in game two. WSU followed with a 14-9 loss in the series finale to fall to 0-3 in NSIC play.
  • Senior infielder Derek Martin went 6-of-13 through the series against UMC while hitting second. He recorded two RBI and drew two walks, while scoring four times against the Golden Eagles.
  • Winona State enters the matchup against Bemidji State ranked tied for third in the NSIC with 77 hits, fourth with 15 stolen bases, seventh with 51 runs scored, and eighth with a .267 batting average.
  • The WSU pitching staff ranks tied for second in the conference with 86 strikeouts, 11th with a 6.65 ERA, and 14th with 75 hits and 66 runs allowed.

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).