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|Win: Yost (7-2)||7.0||5||2||2||0||16|
|Loss: Brunst (4-6)||7.0||15||6||4||0||1|
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Bemidji State University softball team defeated University of Northwestern Ohio 6-2 Sunday afternoon to close out the Spring Break Tournament in Clermont, Fla. Senior pitcher Jessica Yost struck out 16 batters en route to her seventh win of the season.
Bemidji State 6, Northwestern Ohio 2
After two scoreless innings, the Beavers tallied their first run of the game in the third when Jessica Burlingame scored on a passed ball. Bemidji State would be held off the scoreboard until the sixth inning when Burlingame doubled to center field, scoring Makayla Pagel.
The Beavers would then use a four-run seventh inning to extend their lead to 6-0. Kelsey McAllister started the inning with a two-run home run followed by a two-run home run by Pagel two batters later.
Yost held the Racers scoreless through the game’s first six innings but two solo home runs from UNOH in the bottom of the seventh broke up the Bemidji native’s shutout. Yost was able to recover after the solo shots and earned two strikeouts in the final inning to help the Beavers earn the 6-2 win.
Yost struck out a total of 16 batters in the game for the second time this season and was one shy of tying a career high. She only allowed five hits and two earned runs and didn’t surrender a single walk during the game.
The Beavers’ bats were alive in the game and totaled 15 hits, a season-high. Burlingame, Alexandra Ripka, Yost, Pagel and Brooke Phillips each totaled two hits in the game while McAllister and Pagel each had two RBI.
The Beavers return to Bemidji to host Itasca Community College for a scrimmage March 23 before beginning Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play March 28 at University of Minnesota Crookston.
For more information on the Bemidji State University softball program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@Beaver_Softball or @BSUBeavers) or like them on Facebook (facebook.com/BSUBeavers).
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).