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Bemidji State notebook: Silvernagel named All-Academic

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Bemidji State senior Josh Silvernagel has been named to the ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic Third-Team All-District V.

He caps off his collegiate baseball career with the honor.

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The award is the first of its kind for Silvernagel. He has earned Academic All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors three years straight.

He is a 2009-10 NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award recipient and the 2010 Bemidji State Outstanding Exercise Science Major award winner.

Silvernagel led Bemidji State in batting average at a .333 clip in 2010. He posted a team-best 11-game hitting streak, his .396 on base percentage was second on the team and his .524 slugging percentage was third.

He was among BSU's leaders in most offensive statistical categories.

Silvernagel is career .299 hitter with 147 hits, 86 runs scored and 65 RBI.

The academic all-district teams are nominated and selected by College Sports Information Directors of America members. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.

The Beavers closed the season with a 16-37 overall record and a 7-25 mark in NSIC, finishing 11th in the final league standings.

Athletes of week

Taylor Sautbine and Doug Peterson have been selected as Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after posting outstanding athletic accomplishments between April 26-May 2.

Sautbine, a newcomer to the BSU women's track and field program, continued to excel in the hurdle events this outdoor season. She finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles at the Ron Masanz Open. Her time of 15.73 seconds was a personal best and the fastest 100-meter hurdles time posted at BSU this season .

Peterson, a right-handed pitcher/outfielder for the Beaver baseball team, was productive on the mound, at the plate and in the field last week. He threw his first and the team's fourth complete game of the season in a 4-3 victory at Concordia-St. Paul April 26.

At the plate Peterson batted .500 and was 5-for-10. He totaled eight bases, four RBIs, three runs scored and a homerun. He posted an .800 slugging percentage with two walks.

Softball ends

The Bemidji State softball team's games against Wisconsin-Superior Wednesday were canceled, bringing an end to the 2010 season for the Beavers.

The Beavers finished the season with a record of 8-39 (2-24 NSIC).

Senior outfielder Jamie Ford finished her final season with a .260 batting average and was third on the team with hits (40).

Sophomore right-hander Courtney Anderson finished the season with 123 strikeouts. She also had 11 complete games with one complete-game shutout.

Stephanie Rossman led BSU in the batter's box with a .381 batting average. Her 51 hits and six homers also led the team.

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