Bemidji State – Lone Bright Spot Yesterday

Bemidji State Beavers

It’s been a couple days since I recapped the games on the field for Northern Sun baseball teams.  Unfortunately, most of the teams have been delivering mediocre results –

  • The only wins by a Northern Sun team yesterday came in a pair of non-conference games between 2 conference teams.  In a rather surprising late night pair of games at the Metrodome, Bemidji State (7-7) came away with a sweep against Minnesota State (2-4) by scores of 5-4 and 4-2.  The Mavericks were picked to finish 2nd in the conference so a sweep at the hands of the Beavers was not expected.
  • Minnesota Crookston (0-6) also played a twin bill at the Metrodome yesterday.  They played Wisconsin-Stout, a Division 3 team that finished 12-25 last season.  Unfortunately, the competition was still too difficult and Stout won 2-0 and 8-1.  That 2nd game featured 6 Golden Eagle errors. Stout Sweeps Golden Eagles
  • Winona State (2-6) continued their spring break trip in Florida and after having beat #1 Lynn on Saturday their success has gone down hill. The Warriors have now lost 4 straight contests including yesterday’s 13-8 loss to John Carroll University.  Carroll put up 6 runs in the first inning and 3 more in each the 2nd and 3rd to win rather easily.  Winona’s Tony Mueller did continue his very strong start to the season as the freshman outfielder had 4 more hits.  Mueller has now hit safely in 12 of 18 at-bats on the road trip and is hitting .633 on the season (19 for 30). Big Inning Strikes Warriors Again
  • The University of Mary (3-9) continued their spring trip in Phoenix yesterday.  After splitting a pair of doubleheaders the Marauders have now lost 2 straight games.  Tuesday saw a 4-3 loss in 11 innings to Grand Canyon and yesterday delivered a 9-3 loss to Wartburg.
  • On Tuesday, Concordia University (7-2) split a doubleheader against Grand View (2-6).  The Golden Bears’ Jake Schmidt (3-0) continues to look like he deserved billing as NSIC preseason Pitcher of the Year in winning the first game 7-1 but Concordia lost the nightcap 5-3. Golden Bears Split

There are a number of games today including:

  • Winona State completes their spring trip with games against Muskingum (4-1) and Heidelberg (4-0) – a couple of Division 3 baseball teams based in Ohio.
  • Concordia University plays a doubleheader at the Metrodome against Mayville State who is playing their first games of the year.
  • In the most relevant games today, conference foes Augustana (5-4) and Minnesota Duluth (3-4) will square off at the Metrodome tonight starting at 5pm.  The Augies have been burning up the base paths as they are 17 of 18 in stolen bases through 9 games.  In 43 games last season they had a total of 23 stolen bases so it looks like new head coach Tim Huber likes to put pressure on his opponents.
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3 Responses to “Bemidji State – Lone Bright Spot Yesterday”


  1. 1 Keith Lippincott March 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I would agree picking players for player of the week can be difficult. The level of competition should be a large part of the criteria. A question I would have is did all of the SID’s send in their nominations? I know from other experiences not all of the expected reporting by the readers is accomplished. Look at the different polls and each time a school is listed as not reporting.

    I enjoy reading this blog about the conference. It really helps me keep in touch with the team I follow and the other conference members.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. 2 WSCDad March 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I would agree that at this time of the year it is difficult to choose the “player of the week” because play is so hit and miss. Some conference players are getting 4 games a week and some are not playing at all. Things should pick up beginning this week as some spring trips are underway. WoHoo!!!

    Now, two thoughts in regard to the rant yesterday.

    1. I see no problem with selecting the player and pitcher of the week from the same team. If it was soccer and everyone was getting a trophy, that’s one thing. Since it’s not, I say if the most deserving pitcher and position player come from the same team then so be it.

    2. As for selecting a player from Winona simply because they beat Lyons – well that doesn’t make sense. The recognition is for the week, not for the game. And I don’t think a teams won-loss record should have much to do with it. Individual performances are simply that – individual.

    WSC is back in action tomorrow against what seems to be a pretty hot Southern Indiana (4-1 in the last week) and then 2 games Saturday – 1 against USI and one against Spalding who is 1-11. A nice warmup on the way to Savannah Georgia. Good Luck to the Wildcats!!

  3. 3 fishingmn March 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Keith & WSCDad,

    Thanks for your comments – not everyone has to agree with me 🙂

    It certainly did improve my blog’s traffic to have something to debate so as long as it’s respectful a little disagreement can be worthwhile.

    Keith – I’m assuming your son was the Player of the Week – congratulations to him and his strong start so far.


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