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North Dakota State Bison
2023 North Dakota State Bison baseball team
North Dakota State Bison wordmark.svg
Founded1909 (1909)
Conference historyNorth Central Conference (1958–2004, Division II)

Independent (2005–2007)

Summit League (2008-Present)
UniversityNorth Dakota State University
Athletic directorMatt Larsen
Head coachTyler Oakes (2nd season)
ConferenceSummit League
LocationFargo, North Dakota
Home stadiumNewman Outdoor Field
(Capacity: 4,513)
NicknameBison
ColorsGreen and yellow[1]
   
NCAA Tournament appearances
Division I
2014, 2021
Division II
1969
Conference tournament champions
Summit League
2014, 2021
North Central Conference
1969, 1973, 2004
Regular season conference champions
Summit League
2022
North Central Conference
2000

The North Dakota State Bison baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball program of North Dakota State Bison in Fargo, North Dakota, United States. The program's first season was in 1909, and it has been a member of the NCAA Division I Summit League since the start of the 2008 season. Its home venue is Newman Outdoor Field, located on North Dakota State's campus. Tyler Oakes is the team's head coach in his second season. The program has appeared in 2 NCAA Tournaments. It has won 5 conference tournament championships and 2 regular season conference titles. As of the start of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, 2 former Bison have appeared in Major League Baseball and 4 have appeared in Minor League Baseball.

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Baseball

Baseball

Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each, taking turns batting and fielding. The game occurs over the course of several plays, with each play generally beginning when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball that a player on the batting team, called the batter, tries to hit with a bat. The objective of the offensive team is to hit the ball into the field of play, away from the other team's players, allowing its players to run the bases, having them advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate.

North Dakota State Bison

North Dakota State Bison

The North Dakota State Bison are the athletic teams of North Dakota State University (NDSU), which is located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota. The teams are often called the "Thundering Herd". The current logo is a bison.

Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo (/ˈfɑɹɡoʊ/) is a city in and the county seat of Cass County, North Dakota, United States. According to the 2020 census, its population was 125,990, making it the most populous city in the state and the 219th-most populous city in the United States. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, and the adjacent cities of West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo, ND – Moorhead, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area. The MSA had a population of 248,591 in 2020.

NCAA Division I

NCAA Division I

NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, which accepts players globally. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with large budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

Summit League

Summit League

The Summit League, or The Summit, is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic conference with its membership mostly located in the Midwestern United States, from Illinois on the east of the Mississippi River to the Dakotas and Nebraska on the West, with additional members in the Western state of Colorado and the Southern state of Oklahoma. Founded as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities in 1982, it rebranded as the Mid-Continent Conference in 1989, then again as the Summit League on June 1, 2007. The league headquarters are in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Newman Outdoor Field

Newman Outdoor Field

Newman Outdoor Field is a baseball stadium in Fargo, North Dakota. It is located on the campus of North Dakota State University and is the home of the independent American Association's Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and the North Dakota State Bison baseball team.

Tyler Oakes

Tyler Oakes

Tyler Oakes is an American college baseball coach, head coach of the NCAA Division I Summit League's North Dakota State Bison. He was the pitching coach, recruiting coordinator and associate head coach at North Dakota State from 2014 to 2021. Prior to North Dakota State, Oakes was an assistant for South Dakota State and Minnesota.

NCAA Division I Baseball Championship

NCAA Division I Baseball Championship

The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship is held each year from May through June and features 64 college baseball teams in the United States, culminating in the eight-team Men's College World Series (MCWS) at Charles Schwab Field Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.

2021 Major League Baseball season

2021 Major League Baseball season

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Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball

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Minor League Baseball

Minor League Baseball

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History

Early history

The program's first season of play was 1909.

Conference affiliations

Newman Outdoor Field

The stadium contains the Maury Wills Museum in honor of the former Major League Baseball player who worked for the RedHawks as a coach and a radio analyst.

The first number retired at the stadium was the #8 worn by hometown hero Roger Maris when he played for the Fargo-Moorhead Twins in the 1950s. The outfield distances replicate those of Yankee stadium where Maris made history.

In 2012, college baseball writer Eric Sorenson ranked the field the sixth most underrated venue in Division I baseball.[2]

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Newman Outdoor Field

Newman Outdoor Field

Newman Outdoor Field is a baseball stadium in Fargo, North Dakota. It is located on the campus of North Dakota State University and is the home of the independent American Association's Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and the North Dakota State Bison baseball team.

Maury Wills

Maury Wills

Maurice Morning Wills was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) primarily for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1959 through 1966 and the latter part of 1969 through 1972 as a shortstop and switch-hitter; he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1967 and 1968, and the Montreal Expos the first part of 1969. Wills was an essential component of the Dodgers' championship teams in the mid-1960s, and is credited with reviving the stolen base as part of baseball strategy.

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world. MLB is composed of 30 teams, divided equally between the National League (NL) and the American League (AL), with 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada. Formed in 1876 and 1901 respectively, the NL and AL cemented their cooperation with the National Agreement in 1903. They remained legally separate entities until 2000, when they merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball. MLB is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan. It is considered one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Roger Maris

Roger Maris

Roger Eugene Maris was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He is best known for setting a new MLB single-season home run record with 61 home runs in 1961. The record remained unbroken until 1998 and remained the American League (AL) record until Aaron Judge broke it in 2022.

Fargo-Moorhead Twins

Fargo-Moorhead Twins

The Fargo-Moorhead Twins were a minor league baseball team that existed from 1933 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1960, representing the neighboring cities of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota. The Twins won six league championships during their seasons of play. Earlier minor league teams had also represented the cities. Baseball Hall of Fame members Dizzy Dean (1941) and Lloyd Waner (1947) are Fargo-Moorhead Twins alumni, as is 2x AL Most Valuable Player Roger Maris.

Head coaches

North Dakota State's longest tenured head coach was Mitch McLeod, who coached the team from 1993–2007. North Dakota State's most successful coach in the Division 1 era is Tod Brown who had a record of 341–350 in his 14 seasons at NDSU. He also led the Bison to two NCAA Tournament berths in 2014 and 2021, including the Bison's first NCAA Tournament win when they defeated Nevada 6–1 at the Stanford Regional in the 2021 NCAA Division I baseball tournament.[3]

# Name Year Record
1 Art Rueber 1909–1913 36–16–1
2 Bert Haskins 1914 11–2
3 Howard Wood 1915 8–7
4 Stan Borleske 1920–1921, 1923–1924 21–14–1
5 F.H. Watkins 1922 4–4
6 Stan Kostka 1947 5–3
7 Packy Schaffer 1951 2–8
8 B.C. Bentson 1952–1954, 1957–1961 35–53
9 Cliff Rothrock 1955–1956 19–12
10 Ross Fortier 1962 5–10
11 Roger Shelstad 1963 4–9
12 Vern McKee 1964–1965 21–27
13 Ev Kjelbertson 1966–1968 24–41
14 Ron Bodine 1969–1970 26–15
15 Arlo Brunsberg 1971–1973 45–30
16 Bucky Burgau 1974–1977 41–73
17 Rolf Kopperud 1978–1979 15–39
18 George Ellis 1980–1984 62–138
19 Jim Pettersen 1985–1992 131–203–3
20 Mitch McLeod 1993–2007 347–322–4
21 Tod Brown 2008–2021 341–350
22 Tyler Oakes 2022–present 31–19
Overall 1909–2023 (121 years) 1234–1396–9

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Tod Brown (baseball)

Tod Brown (baseball)

Tod Markey Brown is an American baseball coach and former pitcher, currently serving as head baseball coach of the New Mexico Lobos. He played college baseball for Arizona for four seasons, helping the team to the 1992 Pac-10 Conference Championship and falling just shy of the 1993 College World Series. He then served as the head coach of the North Dakota State Bison (2008–2021).

2021 NCAA Division I baseball tournament

2021 NCAA Division I baseball tournament

The 2021 NCAA Division I baseball tournament was the 74th edition of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The 64-team tournament began on Friday, June 4, 2021, as part of the 2021 NCAA Division I baseball season and concluded with the 2021 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, which started on June 19 and ended on June 30. Mississippi State defeated Vanderbilt in the best-of-three final series to win their first national championship in program history.

Arlo Brunsberg

Arlo Brunsberg

Arlo Adolph Brunsberg is an American former professional baseball player. A catcher born in Fertile, Minnesota, he appeared in two games in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers in 1966, and forged a nine season (1962–1970) pro career. He batted left-handed, threw right-handed, and was listed as 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg). He signed with Detroit after graduating from Concordia College, where he starred in baseball, football and basketball.

Tyler Oakes

Tyler Oakes

Tyler Oakes is an American college baseball coach, head coach of the NCAA Division I Summit League's North Dakota State Bison. He was the pitching coach, recruiting coordinator and associate head coach at North Dakota State from 2014 to 2021. Prior to North Dakota State, Oakes was an assistant for South Dakota State and Minnesota.

Postseason history

NCAA Division I Tournament results

The Bison have appeared in two NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 1-4.

Year Regional Regional Seed Opponent Result
2014 Corvallis #4 #1 Oregon State
#2 UNLV
L 1-2
L 1-2
2021 Stanford #4 #1 Stanford
#3 Nevada
#2 UC Irvine
L 1-9
W 6-1
L 3-18

Notable former players

Below is a list of notable former Bison and the seasons in which they played for North Dakota State.

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Neil Wagner (baseball)

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Neil Kannas Wagner is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays and in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Saitama Seibu Lions.

Oakland Athletics

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Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Toronto. The Blue Jays compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. Since 1989, the team has played its home games primarily at Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto.

Jay Flaa

Jay Flaa

Jay Thomas Flaa is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. He was drafted by the Orioles in the 6th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.

Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins

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Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. The team was founded as an expansion franchise in 1969, and has played in four World Series, winning in 1985 and 2015, and losing in 1980 and 2014. Outside of a dominant 10 year stretch between 1976 to 1985, and a brief, albeit dominant resurgence from 2014 to 2015, the Royals have combined for a bottom-ten all time winning percentage in MLB history.

Brisbane Bandits

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The Brisbane Bandits are a professional baseball team in Brisbane, Queensland that plays in the Australian Baseball League and is one of the six founding teams of the league. From the 2010/11 season till the 2012/13 season their home ballpark was the Brisbane Exhibition Ground, the ground which the old Brisbane Bandits played at for the majority of their nine-year tenure. As of the start of the 2013/14 the Bandits home ground is Holloway Field in Newmarket.

Australian Baseball League

Australian Baseball League

The Australian Baseball League (ABL) is a professional baseball league in Australia. The league is governed by the Australian Baseball Federation (ABF). It uses the same name as a now-defunct competition held during the 1990s, and though it shares some history of the original league with the Claxton Shield awarded to winners of both competitions, it is considered to be a separate competition.

Division I Awards and Honors

All-Summit League

  • First Team
    • 2012
      • Tim Colwell
      • John Straka
    • 2013
      • Wes Satzinger
      • Tim Colwell
      • Kyle Kleinendorst
      • Joe Hechtner
    • 2014
      • Michael Leach
    • 2016
      • Drew Fearing
    • 2017
      • Logan Busch
    • 2019
      • Max Loven
    • 2021
      • Bennett Hostetler
      • Jake Malec
      • Cade Feeney
      • Parker Harm
    • 2022
      • Calen Schwabe
      • Logan Williams

Summit League Player of the Year

  • Tim Colwell (2014)

Summit League Coach of the Year

  • Tyler Oakes (2022)

Summit League Newcomer of the Year

  • Max Loven (2019)

Source: "North Dakota State Bison baseball", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Dakota_State_Bison_baseball.

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References
  1. ^ NDSU Bison Graphic Standards (PDF). May 23, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Sorenson, Eric (5 October 2012). "Distiller's Dozen – The "Hey, Nice Stadium" Edition". CollegeBaseballToday.com. Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Bison Beat Nevada 6–1 to Advance at NCAA Baseball Regional". North Dakota State Athletics. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "Parker Harm Statistics". milb.com. Minor League Baseball of America. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
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