BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University student-athletes Nicole Dupay (OF, R/R, Jr., Woodbury, Minn.) and Lewis Baumann (SS, R/R, Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of March 11-17.
Dupay helped guide the Beaver softball team to a 4-5 record on their spring trip to Florida March 12-17 by going 16-for-28 (.571) at the plate. She posted six doubles, drew two walks and recorded her first career home run. The junior scored eight runs and drove in five RBIs.
She has 25 hits on the season with a .491 average.
Dupay’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of her career and the first for the BSU softball team this season.
Baumann led BSU to a 5-1 record at the Tucson Invitational Games March 13-17 with a .583 batting average. He posted a team-high 14 hits in 24 at bats, while batting in the nine-hole position. He recorded seven extra base hits, which include four doubles, two home runs and a triple, totaled 26 bases and posted a 1.083 slugging percentage. The shortstop added eight runs and eight RBIs with one walk and one hit by pitch. He posted a .593 on-base percentage and recorded a stolen base.
In the field he recorded a .957 fielding percentage with 16 assists, six putouts and was apart of three double plays. Baumann posted at least two hits in all six games with two, three-hit contests. The senior was a triple shy of the cycle in a win against Jamestown College March 16 after going 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs.
For his efforts, Baumann was also named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week. He leads the NSIC in batting average this season with a .455 mark. His .782 slugging percentage, three home runs and 43 total bases are also a conference best. The senior ranks second in the NSIC in hits (25) and doubles (7).
This week’s award marks the first of Baumann’s career and the first for the BSU baseball team in 2013.
The Beavers are 9-7 overall and riding a five-game wining streak. BSU was slated to begin NSIC play March 23-24 at Winona State University, but the four-game series was canceled. The Beavers now travel to play Concordia University, St. Paul March 29-30 to begin conference action. Those games have already been moved from the CU campus to Minnetonka High School’s Veterans Field. Both days a doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
The BSU softball squad (6-11) is scheduled to open NSIC play March 26 with a doubleheader at University of Minnesota, Crookston.
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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).