BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team opens Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play this weekend and will play two doubleheaders in Fayette, Iowa against No. 15 Winona State University and Upper Iowa University, Friday and Saturday.
The Beavers (17-6, 0-0 NSIC) begin conference action with a doubleheader against the Warriors (19-6, 1-1 NSIC) Friday, March 25 with first pitch of game one at 3 p.m. BSU will then travel to Fayette, Iowa to face the Peacocks (15-9, 1-1 NSIC) Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m.
Bemidji State excels in Florida
The Beavers are back in action this weekend for the first time since traveling to Clermont, Fla., to take part in the Spring Games tournament. Bemidji State went 9-3 over six days including a 5-4 win over the ranked No. 15 Caldwell University.
Freshman Kelsey McAllister was sensational for the Beavers in the tournament and led at the plate by going 14-for-27 for a .519 batting average. She totaled three home runs for BSU and had five doubles and seven RBI. Senior Lyndsey Peterson drove in the most runs for the Beavers with 13 RBI on 13 hits and also had two doubles, two triples, and two home runs.
The Beavers’ pitching staff combined to hold opponents to a .200 batting average and a 2.07 ERA. Jessica Yost led Bemidji State to five victories and went 5-1 in six starts. She compiled a 1.96 ERA including a no-hitter and one-hitter in the tournament. Senior Jenna Massingill led the Beavers with a 1.56 ERA in the circle and in four starts went 2-1 and held opponents to a .138 batting average.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Beavers are currently ninth in the NSIC standings with a 17-6 record after eight teams opened conference play on Tuesday.
- BSU is the conference leader with 20 home runs as a team and is sixth with a team batting average of .313.
- McAllister has had a hot start to the season and leads the NSIC in home runs (6), slugging percentage (1.020) and is second with a .480 batting average.
- Jessica Yost has also been exceptional in the batters box and is tied for second in the league with five home runs.
- She sports a .377 batting average, the third best on the team and is second with 16 RBI.
- Senior Lyndsey Peterson has been main factor in the Beavers’ scoring and leads the team with 20 RBI.
- She is tied for second on the team with 11 extra base hits with five doubles, two triples, and four home runs.
- Yost currently has the longest active hitting streak at seven games while McAllister and Jessica Burlingame each have the longest active reached base streaks at 10.
- Yost still remains in the top three for ERA among pitchers in the NSIC with a 0.98 ERA and is second with 133 strikeouts. She sports the best winning percentage in the conference at .917 (11-1) and is the only remaining pitcher in the NSIC with at least 10 wins and only one loss.
Scouting the No. 15 Warriors
Winona State is currently tied for third in the NSIC standings and are 1-1 in conference play after splitting a doubleheader with Upper Iowa on Tuesday. However, the Warriors hold the best winning percentage in the league and are 19-6 (.760) overall.
The Warriors are led at the plate by Reed Karsten who sports a .398 (35-of-88) batting average and 18 RBI. Winona State has five starters batting over .300 and eight student-athletes with 11 or more RBI. Hanna Lythberg leads the Warriors in the circle and boasts a 10-2 record. She is fourth in the conference with a 1.07 ERA with four shutouts.
Scouting the Peacocks
Upper Iowa is coming off a Tuesday doubleheader that saw a split against No. 15 Winona State and are 15-9 overall. The Peacocks bat .280 as a team, 11th in the conference and are seventh with an ERA of 2.59.
Lauren Marlinghaus bats .367 at the plate to lead the Peacocks and has eight extra base hits with four doubles and four home runs to the lead the team. The Peacocks split time in the circle between Jacqueline Flood and Brooke Redmond. Flood leads Upper Iowa with a 1.93 ERA and has compiled a 6-5 record so far this season. However, Redmond has been the most consistent and is 8-2 on the season but has an ERA of 2.51.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).