Bison Baseball is hosting Omaha this weekend
The North Dakota state baseball team returns to the Summit League this weekend and welcomes Omaha in a key streak. The two teams will play a double header on Friday May 7th. The first place is planned for 3 p.m. in the Newman Outdoor Field. Single games are played on Saturday and Sunday, with the first place being set for Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
All four games this weekend will be available on GoBison.com/allaccess. There will also be live statistics for all four games, with links on BisonStats.com. Bison 1660 will broadcast the last three games in the series.
Tickets & parking
All seats are generally accessible and tickets can be bought at the gate on matchday. Tickets are $ 8 for adults and $ 5 for teenagers ages 3-17. Parking is available in NDSU car parks HR and R south and east of the stadium on 15th Avenue. Parking is free on weekdays after 4:30 p.m. and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Participants are strongly advised to wear masks.
The Bison has a 45-42 lead in the all-time series, going back to an 8-0 Omaha win in 1978. During the NCAA Division I era, Omaha has a 25-24 lead on the series. The two teams split the first series of the year from April 2-4 in Omaha. The bison have won four of the last six matches between the two teams in Fargo.
Scouting the Mavericks
Omaha starts the weekend with an 18-16 overall record and a 10-5 league record. Eduardo Rosario leads the Mavericks with an average of 0.357 on the record while Chris Esposito is the only other Maverick above 0.300 at 0.339. Esposito leads the team in hits (42), RBI (34) and home runs (seven). Mike Boeve has a team of 12 doubles and is second on the team with 41 hits. On the hill, Tanner Howe leads the Mavericks with 17 appearances as team leader out of the bullpen with 15.2 innings. Howe has a 2-1 record with an ERA of 5.74. Richie Holetz has a 3-2 record in 10 starts with the team’s best 52 strikeouts. Jacob Mohler leads the Mavericks with three parades in six appearances and records an ERA of 1.08.
What’s at stake
This weekend marks the first of the last two Summit League series for the bison, and they couldn’t be bigger. After the bison was free last weekend, he dropped to third place in the Summit League standings without playing a league game. Oral Roberts leads the league with an 11-4 (.733) record while Omaha ranks second with 10-5 (.667). NDSU are in third place at 14: 9 (0.609) after playing eight league games more than either team before them. The bison must win three out of four games to be ahead of Omaha in the overall standings this weekend.
The Bison Bullpen recorded his 18th game of the season against Mayville State on Tuesday, breaking the school’s previous record of 17 games in the 26th season. Seven different bison have recorded a parade this season, led by the seven newcomer Wyatt Nelson parades. Between Nelson’s seven saves and Senior Parker Harms’ five saves, NDSU is one of three teams in the nation where multiple players have five or more saves. Nelson is fourth in history of the year old school and ninth in NDSU career history for parades.
He is simply the best
On Wednesday night at the NDSU Green & Gold Gala, senior shortstop Bennett Hostetler was named Male Athlete of the Year. Hostetler won the award in a loaded category with James Kaczor from soccer, Rocky Kreuser from basketball, Alex Talley from athletics and Luke Weber from wrestling.
We were everywhere, man
The state of North Dakota leads the nation with 22 victories a year in road wins. No other team has more than 18 wins on the road. With two out of three games from Kansas last weekend, the bison have now won a game in nine different states (Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas).
Flaa makes MLB debut
Former bison Jay Flaa made his Major League Baseball debut with the Baltimore Orioles against the New York Yankees on April 27. Flaa tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in the eighth and ninth games as he defeated two-time MLB All-Star Aaron Judge for his first MLB strikeout.
For sure at first
In 206 career games, Senior Bennett Hostetler has safely bottomed out in 168 games. His percentage of safely hitting the base in 81.6 percent of its games is the highest total of any player in the country who has appeared in 130 or more games.
Hot through 30 games
For the fourth time in program history, NDSU was played at least 22-8 to 30 games. The Bison join teams in 2012 (23-7), 1998 (22-8) and 1996 (23-7) to claim at least 22 wins in 30 games. The 2012 team finished 40-20 while the 1996 team was 37-11, the two best overall wins in program history.
Break records and take names
Senior Bennett Hostetler broke two career records in the start of the home series against Western Illinois. Hostetler broke school records with his 92nd career path (now 98) and his 13th career victim fly (now 14).
Summit League Honors
The state of North Dakota has received four Summit League Player of the Week awards and two Summit League Pitcher of the Week awards. Senior Bennett Hostetler earned the honor three times while his senior colleague Jake Malec earned the honor once. Last week, Senior Parker Harm was named Summit League Pitcher of the Week and won that award this season along with newcomer Cade Feeney as Bison.
Get in and steal it
Senior Bennett Hostetler ranks 37th in the nation with a base percentage of 0.495. It also ranks 40th in stolen bases with 16 and 85th in the country with 0.38 bases stolen per game.
Top hitter in the Summit League
The state of North Dakota has a batting average of 0.272 as a team, ranking 125th in the nation and second in the Summit League. Senior Bennett Hostetler has the highest average in the league at 0.352, while Jake Malec ranks second in the league at 0.343.
In 2019, NDSU was the last NCAA Division I baseball team to play a home game. The bison played 26 straight games outside of Newman Outdoor Field to kick off the 2019 season. In 2020, the bison should play the first 27 away games before the season was canceled due to Covid-19. That season, the bison played 26 games on the road before hosting Western Illinois on April 9. With 26 games on the road earlier in the year, the bison played the most games on the road before playing a team’s home game in the country.
The bison have played 35 doubles in 42 games this season and are 17th in doubles in the country. The .83 double games per game rank 40th in the nation.
Leave the guy alone
Senior Bennett Hostetler has been pitched 17 times this season and ranks sixth in the country. He ranks 11th among active NCAA Division I players with 47 careers hit by pitches.
Three pockets at the same time
With four groups of three this season, senior Jake Malec leads the Summit League and ranks 10th in the nation.
Make the sacrifice
Bennett Hostetler has 14 career casualties, the most in school history and the 14th among active players in NCAA Division I. Calen Schwabe and Zach Solano rank 44th in the nation with six casualties this year, both ranked second in the Summit League.
Get in and drive them inside
Lead-off batsman Jake Malec ranks 19th in the nation on runs with 45 points, while Bennett Hostetler ranks 86th in the country with 39 runs beaten. Malec leads the Summit League in runs, while Hostetler leads the league in RBI.
Damage that does not allow hits
Senior Parker Harm has only allowed 6.49 hits per nine innings over the course of his career. This is 30th place among active NCAA Division I players.
How deep can you go
Sophomore Max Loven ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I players with 1.39 allowed walks per nine innings. That total is the 27th lowest among all active NCAA players in all divisions.
Summit League poll in preseason
The North Dakota state baseball team was selected to rank third in the Summit League preseason poll. Omaha was selected first in the poll with 15 points and was one point ahead of Oral Roberts. The Mavericks got three votes for first place while the Golden Eagles got the remaining two votes. NDSU was third on the poll with 10 points, while South Dakota State (seven points) and Western Illinois (four points) rounded out the poll. North Dakota State ended the 2020 season with an 8-9 record that was cut due to Covid-19. Omaha won the 2019 Summit League regular season and tournament titles. Senior shortstop Bennett Hostetler and senior pitcher Parker Harm were added to the Summit League Players to Watch list. Hostetler launched all 17 games on Shortstop last year. He finished with an average of 0.216 and led the team with two home runs. Harm made five appearances from the bullpen, ending with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in nine innings. He turned down 11 while only walking four.
Bison receives ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award:
The North Dakota State University baseball team received the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for the third year in a row. NDSU was the only Summit League school to receive this award. The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award recognizes high school and college programs trained by ABCA members that award a GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the current academic year. The bison had a cumulative GPA of 3.522 for the 2019-20 school year, including a record GPA of 3.61 for the spring semester.
Brown joins the 300 Club
North Dakota head coach Tod Brown celebrated his 300th career win in the first double header game in Western Kentucky on February 22nd. Brown is the third coach in Summit League history to have 300 career wins. Brown joins Mitch McLeod as the only bison coach with over 300 wins as McLeod has a school record of 347. Brown ranks third in the history of the Summit League with 328 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 coach 600 or more games, along with Paul Twenge of Valparaiso and Dean Refakes of Illinois-Chicago.
The bison are returning on Monday for an outside conference game against Concordia (Minn.). First place is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field. NDSU will then host the state of South Dakota in the final home weekend series this coming weekend.