BEMIDJI, Minn. – After a week of wild weather, the Bemidji State University softball team returns to the diamond this weekend with a pair of road doubleheaders against the University of Concordia, St. Paul and St. Cloud State University this Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Bemidji State picked up its first conference win of the season this past weeking, knocking-off MSU Moorhead 5-3 on April 13. The win also marked the 300th win in school history for the BSU Softball program. Kelsey Saralampi (So., LHP, Esko, Minn.) recorded the win, her first of the season, holding the Dragon batters to just five hits while recording four strikeouts. Megan Beard (Jr., IF, Eveleth, Minn.), Crystal Bowen (So., IF, Duluth, Minn.), and Nicole Dupay (Fr., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) all scored one run while Hayley Williams (Jr., OF, Crete, Ill.) scored twice for the Beavers. Courtney Anderson (Jr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) came in for relief in the seventh inning recording two strikeouts to get her first save of the season. In the second game of the doubleheader the Beavers came up short losing 2-1 in extra innings. Anderson had eight strikeouts in the game, but two errors in the bottom of the eighth inning by the BSU infield cost the Beavers a shot at the sweep over the Dragons.
This past weekend, the Beavers were scheduled to play two doubleheaders against Minnesota Duluth, but inclement weather cut the series in half. On Sunday, Bemidji State fell in both games by scores of 14-0 and 2-0. BSU's midweek series against Northern State has been postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday due to poor field conditions in Bemidji.
Kayla Babinkski (So., IF, Devils Lake, N.D.) leads the Beavers so far this season at the plate with a .271 batting average going 16-59 in 19 games. Anderson is currently 10th in the conference with 85 strikeouts and is eighth in the NSIC having struck out 29 batters while looking.
Looking at Concordia-St. Paul
The Golden Bears went 1-5 this past week as they faced the top teams in the NSIC. The week started with a 10-2 win over #8 Winona State. Concordia hit three homeruns in the game including a walk off grand slam by Katie Anderson. Ashley Kluever picked up the complete game win against the Warriors. Brynn Larsen led the team in hitting this past week as she was 8-18 from the plate for a .444 average. She slugged .667 as she had a double and a homerun. Sammi Mattson led the team with five RBI’s and hit three homeruns as she slugged .824 over the six game stretch. The Golden Bears will host three NSIC doubleheaders this week from Thursday-Saturday. The doubleheader against MSU on Thursday will be the start of an 8 game home stand for CU.
Looking at St. Cloud State
St. Cloud State softball recorded a 2-6 mark in the NSIC this past week. The Huskies two wins came in a sweep over Upper Iowa University on April 13 at historic Selke Field. The Huskies are 19-20 overall and 4-10 in the NSIC. Rookie Maggie Dunsmore led the Huskies this past week with a .350 batting average in 20 at-bats. The Burnsville native swung for a team-leading seven hits. Four St. Cloud State players blasted home runs this past week. Those Huskies included; Kelly Olson, Emily Edgerton, Mikayla Hogan and Chris Saiz.
St. Cloud State will be hosting a memorial service on Friday, April 22, for their senior right fielder Kelly Laas who lost her battle with ovarian cancer on March 2. The service will be held at the Newman Center on the SCSU campus, starting at 7:00 p.m.