Baseball: Bemidji State comes home, will face Winona State
BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State baseball team is coming home. With the BSU Baseball Field in playing condition, the Beavers will open the home schedule today at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader against conference rival Winona State. The two teams will play...
BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State baseball team is coming home.
With the BSU Baseball Field in playing condition, the Beavers will open the home schedule today at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader against conference rival Winona State.
The two teams will play again Sunday in a doubleheader with the first pitch scheduled for noon should weather permit.
A winter storm watch has been issued for Beltrami County from Saturday evening through Sunday evening and the forecasted storm could bring a potential of six inches of new snow and 25 mile per hour winds during that window.
The Beavers have already played 20 games this season and return home with a 6-13-1 overall record, 4-4 in NSIC play.
The Beavers began the season 2-2 with a pair of wins over Augustana College, which was followed by a winless six-game spring break road trip to Arizona in March.
BSU opened the conference season on March 20 at the Metrodome, winning three of four games against Minnesota-Crookston before losing and tying in a two-game non-conference series with St. Cloud State.
The Beavers were scheduled to play at Concordia-St. Paul four times last weekend, but snow wiped out the last two games after a 20-3 and 3-2 loss to the Golden Bears.
Bemidji State was in Fayette, Iowa Tuesday and split with Upper Iowa, losing 3-2 and winning 3-1.
A win by the Beavers today would snap a nine-game losing streak against the Warriors (11-6 overall, 6-4 NSIC), who are in fifth place in the conference standings.
The Warriors are led by Ronnie Olson offensively. He is batting .500 and has 17 RBIs with three doubles this season. Pitcher Dan Erdall is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA.
The Beavers are getting offense from Shaun Corbett, Justin Huether and Anthony Stoloski.
Corbett has a team-best .478 batting average in 11 games played and Huether has a team-best 23 hits. Stoloski has 11 extra-base hits, five home runs and a team-leading 13 RBI.
BSU pitcher Josh Juntunen is 2-3 this season with a 3.75 ERA and a team-leading 35 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Kevin Morel, J.J. Swalboski, Matt Fossen and Ryan Bohannan have recorded the other wins on the mound this season for the Beavers.
Huether will bat leadoff and play left field, Ryan Johnson will bat second and play center, Juntunen bat third and bat third, Stoloski is the catcher and will bat cleanup. Paul Newman is the designated hitter and will bat fifth. Rich Bohannan will bat sixth and play second, Mike Wagner will bat seventh and play at third base, Ryan Bohannan will play right and bat eighth. Swalboski bats ninth and will play at shortstop.
Today's starting pitchers have not been announced.
Spring season starts
The Bemidji State men's golf team will open the spring season in a 36-hole event beginning today with the Upper Iowa University Spring Invitational.
The tournament will be played at Amana Colonies Golf Course in Amana, Iowa. The final round will be played Sunday.
The Beavers are coming off a fall season in which the team placed in the top three in each of their six events.
BSU is led by senior Clint Cornell, senior Neil Rude and All-NSIC freshman Jim Foss.
The team finished second at the NSIC tournament last season.
After Upper Iowa, Bemidji state will compete at Concordia-St. Paul's Spring Invite in Lake City in a two-day event beginning April 14.
Outdoor track starts
The Bemidji State men's and women's track and field teams will open the outdoor season today at the Hamline Invitational in St. Paul.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Klas Center.
It is the first of seven outdoor events this season, which ends with the NSIC Championships on May 9-10.