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Bison baseball rides a host of 'Web Gems' to the NCAA Tournament

NDSU's defense is among the best in the nation.

Bison baseball team on bench
The North Dakota State baseball team will face Stanford in the NCAA Tournament Friday. (Dom Izzo - WDAY)

FARGO - In an era where offense is everything in collegiate baseball, North Dakota State has an old school vibe to them.

They can play D.

"For me behind the plate in turns into one of those things, where we're making great plays defensively it started to become routine and it was on to the next batter." said Bison senior catcher Nick Emanuel.

How good is NDSU defensively? They take a .967 fielding percentage to the NCAA Tournament, committing just one error in four games at the Summit League Tournament.


"When you see our defense play like that day in and day out, it's a spark for our offense. Baseball goes hand in hand, our offense will hit and our defense plays well." said junior outfielder Calen Schwabe.

The question becomes is there a can you beat this kind of vibe?

"I wouldn't say we're trying to top him, but it picks up the energy. Everyone is this focused and do what you can to help the team." Schwabe said.

The Bison will face an offense oriented team in Stanford Friday in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal enter with a .280 batting average. First pitch is slated for 3pm.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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