The North Dakota State baseball team returns to action this weekend, with a four-game series scheduled against Saint Louis in St. Louis, Mo. The two teams play the series opener at 3 pm on Friday February. 26, followed by a double header on Saturday with a scheduled 13.00 start. The series final is scheduled for 12 on Sunday.
Live statistics for the games will be available on BisonStats.com.
History of the series
Saint Louis leads the all-time series 1-0, picking up a 4-3 victory in Port Charlotte, Fla. on feb. 28. 2020. The game was a late addition to the Bison schedule, as the original opponent of NDSU, St. Bonaventure, failed to arrive in Florida on time due to snow in the northeast.
Experience will be the key for the North Dakota State baseball team heading into the 2021 season. The Bison returns nine starters and 10 pitchers from a shortened 2020 season, where Bison finished with an 8-9 record. First baseman Brock Anderson led Bison with a 0.333 batting average, including five doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. Tucker Rohde returns at third base where he struck. 297 with five doubles, home run and 11 RBI. On the mound, Bison returns the 2019 Summit League Newcomer of the Year Max Loven. A first-team pick in the All-Summit League in 2019, Law was 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts last season. He struck out 19 in 23 innings. Gabe Pilla coming back from the bullpen, where he had a couple of saves and a 1-1 record to go along with a .96 ERA and 13 strikes at 9.1 innings last year. In 14.1 rounds last year, Zach Smith went 2-0 with 2.51 ERA, while he knocked out 16 and went only two.
Scouting the Billikens
Saint Louis is 1-3 this year after a four-game series in Kennesaw State last weekend. Billikens won the opening 8-7 before dropping the next three games. Cam Redding leads three players who turn over .300 after the opening weekend with an .333 average. Redding has four hits, while driving in team-high four races. Jake Garella strikes. 313 with a high five hits. Billikens used 11 boxes in the first four matches. Saturday’s first match, Mark Finkelnburg, threw six innings in his first appearance, knocking out five and going five, while allowing two unearned runs. Sunday’s start, Scott Youngbrandt, threw five innings in his first appearance, allowing five earned runs in 10 hits. Grant Fremion made two appearances for the bullpen.
Brown joins 300 Club
North Dakota State Head Coach Tod Brown achieved his 300th career victory on Sunday during the first double-headed game in Western Kentucky. Brown is the third coach in Summit League history to earn 300 career victories. Brown joins Mitch McLeod as the only Bison coach with over 300 wins, as McLeod has 347 school cards.
Opening Day Streak Snapped
With Sunday’s 10-4 loss in the season opener, Bison had a series of five victories in the season openings. Last season, Bison beat Hawaii 3-1 to start the 2020 campaign. In 2019, Bison beat Sacramento State 9-1. NDSU beat Incarnate Word 8-2 in 2018, Mississippi Valley State 10-4 in 2017 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2-0 in 2016.
In 2019, NDSU was the last baseball team in the NCAA Division I to play a home game. The Bison played 26 straight games away from Newman Outdoor Field to start the season in 2019. In 2020, Bison was to play the first 27 games from home before the season was cut due to Covid-19. This season, Bison will play 27 straight road games before opening the home field on April 9 against Western Illinois.
Bison has beaten three doubles in three games this season, and ranked 27th in the country in doubles. The 1.00 doubles per game is in 23rd place in the country.
Leave the guy alone:
Senior Bennett Hostetler ranked fifth in the nation in terms of pitch last year, after being hit 11 times in 17 games. He has already been hit once this season and is number 20 among active NCAA Division I players with 31 careers hit by lanes.
To bring the victims:
Peter Brookshaw became number two in the nation with five sacrificial flies last season. Bennett Hostetler has 12 career sacrifice flies, tied for most in the school’s history and the eighth most among active NCAA Division I players.
Go this way:
In 2019, Brock Anderson set a school record with 39 bases on balls. In 17 games last season, Anderson had 13 trips and was ranked 95th in the nation. Anderson is currently in 24th place among active NCAA Division I players in a percentage of .447.
Harmful does not allow hits
Senior Parker Harm has allowed just 6.47 hits per nine innings over the course of his career. It ranks 18th overall among active players at all NCAA levels and the 14th best among NCAA Division I players.
Meet for days
Bison scored 33 hits in the opening weekend, as NDSU ranks 34th in the nation in the category and tops the Summit League. NDSU also ranks 23rd in triple and 27th in triple per game.
Summit League Preseason Poll
The North Dakota State baseball team has been picked to finish third in the Summit League season poll. Omaha was picked first in the poll with 15 points, and held a points edge over Oral Roberts. The Mavericks received three first-place votes, while the Golden Eagles earned the remaining two. NDSU was third in the poll with 10 points, while South Dakota State (seven points) and Western Illinois (four points) rounded out the vote. North Dakota State ended the 2020 season with an 8-9 record that was shortened due to Covid-19. Omaha won the regular season and tournament titles in the 2019 Summit League. Senior shortstop Bennett Hostetler and senior jug Parker Harm was named to the Summit League Players to Watch list. Hostetler started all 17 matches last year on shortstop. He finished with a .216 average and led the team with two home runs. Harm made five appearances of the bullpen, ending with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in nine rounds of work. He knocked out 11, while going only four.
Brown Making Moves in Summit League Record Books
North Dakota State Head Coach Tod Brown moved up the charts for the Summit League record books last year and looks set to do the same this season. Brown is number three in Summit League history with 301 wins. Brown is one of three coaches in Summit League history to have coached 300 or more league games. Last year, he became the third coach in Summit League history to train in 600 or more games, joining Valparaiso Paul Twenge and Illinois-Chicago Dean Refakes.
Bison Earn ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award:
North Dakota State University baseball teams earned the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for the third season last year. NDSU was the only Summit League school to earn the honor. The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award honors high school and college programs coached by ABCA members that award GPAs over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the current academic year. Bison had a 3,522 cumulative GPA for the 2019-20 school year, including a record 3.61 GPA in the spring semester.
Law Named for Collegiate Baseball’s Freshmen All-American Team
In addition to being named Newcomer of the Year in the Summit League, Max Loven was named the Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American Team. In its rookie campaign, Law was 4-2 with a 2.74 ERA. In 13 starts, he threw 88.2 innings with three complete games. The law allowed 30 runs (27 earned) on 78 hits, while he went 15 and knocked out 75. The law ranked 28th in the nation with 1.52 rounds allowed per nine innings, while he ranked 45th with a 5-1 stroke-to -go-relationship. He also ranked 56th in the WHIP at 1.05 and 87th in the ERA. His three complete games were ranked 13th in the nation. He led the Summit League in complete games, strike-to-turn ratios and trips allowed per nine innings. Law was one of three first-year students in the country who threw three or more complete games this season. He was one of two pitchers who allowed 1.52 or fewer trips per nine rounds. The law was the only novice pitcher in the country with an ERA below 2.94 with over 88.2 laps.
Bison will travel to Northern Colorado for a four-game series with the Bears next weekend. The first pitch for the series opening is scheduled for 13.00 (Central) on Friday 5. March. The two teams will play a double top on Saturday 6 March at 13 (Central), with the series final scheduled for 13.00 (Central) on Sunday 7 March.