TUCSON, Ariz. – The Bemidji State baseball team won two games on its spring training trip Thursday afternoon, toppling Minot State 12-2 before beating Southwest Minnesota State 8-5 later that afternoon.
The two wins improve BSU’s record to 6-7 on the season.
The Beavers, who fell to SMSU 11-9 Wednesday, had a good day from Ryan Anderson on the mound in Thursday’s game against the Mustangs.
Anderson threw for 6 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits to pick up the victory.
Offensively for BSU, Trevor Purvis and Logan Kalis had three hits apiece. Purvis drove in three runs for the Beavers, who scored the first seven runs of the game and were up 7-0 on the Mustangs after four innings.
SMSU had a three-run fifth and scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to cut BSU’s lead to 7-5, but the Beavers got an insurance run in the top of the eighth when Kalis doubled in Riley Hirsch to make it 8-5.
Kalis, who started the game at first base, came in to shut down the Mustangs in the eighth and ninth innings. He struck out three in two innings of work and gave up just two hits to earn the save.
Earlier in the day, the Beavers brought its bats against Minot State, ranked No. 7 in the most recent NCAA Division II Central Region poll.
The Beavers scored four runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth to jump out to a 7-1 lead.
A solo homer in the sixth extended the lead to 8-2 then BSU tacked on four more in the seventh to win.
The Beavers are off today before returning to the field Saturday, where they’ll take on Minot State and Jamestown College.
BSU All-Academic selections
BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Bemidji State had 14 student-athletes selected to the 2013 Winter Academic All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Team.
BSU’s 14 representatives, on the 458-member All-Academic team, ranked 14th in the 16-team NSIC.
Bemidji State’s winter contingent was led by its women’s track and field team which had six student-athletes recognized for academic accomplishment. BSU also had four members from each of its women’s basketball and women’s indoor track and field teams honored.
Sports considered for the Winter All-NSIC Academic Team are: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, women’s swimming and diving and wrestling.
To be eligible for the Academic All-NSIC Team, student-athletes must maintain a grade-point average of 3.20 or better, be a member of a varsity traveling team and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her institution with one full year completed at that campus.
2013 BSU Winter Academic All-NSIC Members
Men’s Basketball: Jason Edwards, Lance Rongstad, Jake Schalow, Brock Tesdahl
Women’s Basketball: Chelsea Carlson, Emily Kaus, Shannon Thompson, Kate Warmack
Women’s Track and Field: Kayla Alexander, Chelsea Borwege, Tess Boucher, Sara Churness, Tina Larson, Ashley Larva