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|Win: Berth (8-10)||8.0||10||7||7||3||2|
|Loss: Dullum (9-7)||6.0||8||5||4||0||4|
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|Win: McClafferty (4-1)||7.0||5||1||1||1||6|
|Loss: Lang (3-6)||3.1||4||2||2||2||1|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team split its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader with Minnesota State University, Moorhead Saturday afternoon at Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers (22-14, 5-7 NSIC) fell to the Dragons (11-18, 5-7 NSIC) 8-7 in eight innings in game one but rebounded with a 3-1 victory in game two.
MSU-Moorhead 8, Bemidji State 7 (F/8)
The Beavers and Dragons combined for 23 hits over eight innings and MSU-Moorhead out-hit BSU 13-10 in the first game of the day. Bemidji State held a 7-5 lead over the Dragons heading into the top of the seventh but a two-run home run by MSUM’s Ashley McCance sent the game to extra innings.
MSU-Moorhead started the game with three quick runs in the first inning while Bemidji State brought the score to 3-1 in the second with an RBI from Lexi Derrick. The Beavers then took the lead in the third when Makayla Pagel, Brooke Phillips and Stephi Dullum each hit RBI singles for the 4-3 lead. Neither team could score in the fourth and fifth innings and MSU-Moohread took a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth. However, a two-RBI double from Derrick and RBI double from Jessica Burlingame in the bottom half of the inning put the Beavers on top, 7-5.
After the game was sent to extra innings off of McCance’s home run, the Dragons took advantage of a Beaver error to score one run in the top of the eighth. MSU-Moorhead’s Becky Berth held the Beavers off the scoreboard in the eighth and closed out the complete game victory.
Derrick led the Beavers by totaling three RBI in the game while Burlingame and Phillips each went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Rochelle Koshalek started the game in the circle and pitched two innings before being replaced by Stephi Dullum who pitched six innings and earned the loss to fall to 9-7 on the season.
MSU-Moorhead 1, Bemidji State 3
Bemidji State freshman pitcher Kaidron McClafferty had one of the best pitching performances of her career to help the Beavers earn a 3-1 victory in game two and a split with the Dragons. McClafferty pitched all seven innings for her third career complete game and held the Dragons to just one run off of five hits and tied a career-high with six strikeouts.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings but Bemidji State broke through first after freshman Elaina Christiansen blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the third. The home run for Christiansen was her team-leading fourth of the season.
MSU-Moorhead responded in the fifth inning with an RBI single but the Olivia Tucker scored on an error in the bottom half of the inning to keep the Beavers’ lead at two. McClafferty and the Beavers’ defense held the Dragons off the scoreboard for the remaining two innings and earned the series split with the 3-1 victory.
Christiansen led the Beavers at the plate by going 1-for-3 with two RBI and the home run while Sami Trana went 2-for-3 with two singles.
Bemidji State hits the road Wednesday, April 10 to continue play and will travel to Minot State University for a NSIC doubleheader.
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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).