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Bemidji State baseball hosts Winona in four-game series

The Bemidji State baseball team begins a four-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series against Winona State today at BSU Baseball Field.

The two teams will play doubleheaders, with today's first pitch set for 1 p.m. and Saturday's first pitch set for noon.

The games will close a 12-game homestand that started BSU's home and conference schedule. The Beavers are 10-15 overall and 1-7 in league play this season. 

The Beavers currently are tied for seventh place in the NSIC standings ahead of five teams who have yet to post a conference win.

St. Cloud State and Augustana lead the NSIC with undefeated 8-0 conference records with Winona State and Southwest Minnesota State four games back with 4-0 conference records.

Winona State enters the series against BSU with a 14-4 record.

Bemidji State's offense is currently led by Joe Chism, Josh Silvernagel, Nick Jelacie, Dan Bauer and Colton Smith.

They have played in all 25 BSU games to date and all but Smith carry a .300-plus batting average into the series.

Chism is off to the best start with a .355 average, 12 RBIs and a team-leading four home runs.

Smith may have the lowest batting average out of the group at .250, but he's making his hits count. He's tied with Dan Bauer for the team lead in RBIs (16) and has a team-leading 10 doubles and one triple.

Ryan Sander is the team's leading pitcher with a 2-0 record and a 2.93 earned run average.

He has 11 strikeouts in 15 1-3 innings pitched.

Ethan Branum leads the pitching staff in wins with a 4-2 record.

The Beavers are scheduled to play only four games in Bemidji the rest of the season following this weekend's series with Winona State.

Those doubleheaders are set for April 14 against Southwest Minnesota State and April 21 against U-Mary.