BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University baseball received its eighth commitment for the 2023 season, as announced Wednesday by interim Head Coach Matt Ellinghuysen. Gates is the fourth infielder to announce signing with Beaver Baseball this year.
All student-athletes’ acceptances are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Jonathan Gates, a 5-foot-9-inch infielder from Springboro, Ohio, is a letter winner in baseball at Springboro High School under Head Coach Mark Pelfrey. In 10 games during his junior season, Gates totaled five runs on two hits in four at-bats.
Gates was born July 16, 2003 and is the son of Dan and Annette Gates. His mother played volleyball for four years at the University of Indiana. Gates is a member of the Honor Roll and plans to major in fisheries and wildlife biology with a minor in business.
With Gates, Bemidji State’s incoming signing class includes four infielders, two catchers and two pitchers. He joins Nick Ekstrum (Chaska, Minn.), Luke Johnson (Mankato, Minn.), Ethan Lung (Peoria, Ariz.), Lucas Pierce (West Branch, Iowa), Tate Renning (Hutchinson, Minn.), Jackson Schaffer (Hastings, Minn.) and Jacob Smith (Walker, Minn.).
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).