|May 06, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Yost (25-7)||7.0||7||4||4||0||7|
|Loss: Wolters (17-9)||1.1||4||5||5||2||2|
|May 06, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Larsen (24-4)||7.0||3||0||0||1||3|
|Loss: Yost (25-8)||6.0||6||3||2||0||7|
|Van Zyl (WSU)||3||1||2||1||0||0|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Bemidji State University softball team’s 2017 season came to an end Saturday afternoon after the Beavers (28-19) fell to Winona State University, 3-0, in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Softball Tournament semifinals.
The Beavers defeated Augustana University (S.D.) 7-4 earlier in the day to advance to the semifinal matchup before eventually falling to the Warriors.
EDIT: Jessica Yost and Brooke Phillips were each named to the 2017 All-NSIC Tournament Team for the first time their respective careers.
Bemidji State 7, Augustana 4
Looking to continue their post-season run, the Beavers scored early on the Vikings when Kelsey McAllister hit an RBI single for the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. BSU then followed with four more runs capped off by a bases clearing three-run double by Jessica Burlingame to hold a 4-0 lead over the first two innings.
Jessica Yost held the Vikings scoreless through the first two innings but the Vikings broke through in the third with two runs to pull within two. However, the Beavers answered back with two runs in the top of the fourth to retake the five-run lead. Alayna Krejci started the inning with an RBI double followed by an RBI single by Makayla Pagel.
Augustana added another run in the bottom of the fourth but Yost shut down the Vikings in the fifth and sixth to head into the seventh with a 7-3 lead. BSU didn’t score in the top of the frame and Augie threatened by scoring a run to make it 7-4 but Yost and the Beavers’ defense was able to close out the inning to advance in the NSIC Softball Tournament to face Winona State.
Yost pitched all seven innings for the fifth-consecutive game and gave up seven hits and four earned runs while striking out seven.
The Beaver bats were the story of the game totaling a tournament-high 15 hits in the game. Brooke Phillips led the Beavers by going 3-for-5 at the plate and came in to score two runs while McAllister, Krejci and Pagel each went 2-for-4 and Angie Roberts went 2-for-3.
Bemidji State 0, Winona State 3
The semifinal game between the Beavers and Warriors would feature two of the NSIC’s best pitchers in Yost and McKenna Larsen of Winona State. The Warriors would get on the board first in the bottom of the first but Yost and the Beavers’ defense recovered and shutout WSU through the next four innings.
However, Larsen and the Warriors were just as good defensively and held the Beavers hitless until the sixth innings. BSU had two base runners throughout the first six innings but didn’t break through with their first hit until the sixth inning when Olivia Tucker singled to center field. BSU would then string hits together and loaded the bases with two outs. Junior Alexandra Ripka would step up to the plate and hit a fly ball down the right field line looking to score two, but a diving catch by the Warriors’ right fielder ended the inning and the best chance of the game for Bemidji State.
The Beavers were unable to piece hits together in the seventh going down in order and ending their post-season run.
Larsen pitched the complete game shutout for the Warriors while Yost pitched all six innings for BSU allowing just two earned runs, six hits and struck out seven.
Yost had a dominant NSIC Tournament and pitched every inning for the Beavers going 4-2 with a 1.40 ERA with 45 strikeouts and just two walks.
Yost ends her career as the program’s wins leader and strikeouts leader as well as third in earned run average.
Bemidji State ends its 2017 season 28-19 and reached the farthest in the NSIC Softball Tournament in program history.
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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).