CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Bemidji State University senior Jess Yost has been selected to the Fastpitch News 2017 NCAA Division II All-American list. Following a historic season, which included program record for wins (25) and strikeouts (307), Yost earned a spot on the FPN All-American Second-Team Pitchers list.
The award marks for first of its kind for a Bemidji State Softball Player.
Yost, who became the program’s first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team selection since the conference divided its all-conference selections into two teams in 2009, led the Beavers by posting a 25-8 record in 35 games in the circle to become the first pitcher in program history to record 20 or more wins in a season. The Bemidji, Minn., native finished 2017 third in the NSIC with a BSU-record 1.24 ERA and fourth in the nation with 307 strikeouts. She completed her senior campaign with 26 complete games and seven shutouts. She allowed just 52 runs (36 earned) in 203.2 innings pitched and held opponents to a meager .209 batting average.
The senior also posted a team-best .368 batting average, recording 46 hits, including a BSU-high 12 doubles, three home runs and was tied for second on the team with 23 RBI.
In addition, Yost was selected to the 2017 NSIC Gold Glove Team as a pitcher after posting a .989 fielding percentage.
Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Coley Ries was named as the Fastpitch News NCAA Division II 2017 Pitcher of the Year in the same announcement. She and Yost headlined a group of six players hailing from NSIC-member institutions honored by the publication.
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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).