BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team dropped Saturday’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader to Southwest Minnesota State. A late rally was cut short in the first game as the Beavers fell 7-4, and the Mustangs snuck-out a 4-2 win in extra innings to round out the day.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Bemidji State went scoreless for the first six innings. Heading into the bottom of the seventh with a 7-0 defecit the Beavers put their rally caps on in hopes of turning the tide of the game. Chelsea Cardinal (Fr., OF, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) hit a lead-off double to left center to start things off for the Beavers. During the next at bat Jamie Lund (Jr., Util., Grantsburg, Wis.) knocked a single to center field scoring Courtney Loegering (So., OF, Blaine, Minn.), who was pinch-running for Cardinal. An error by the Mustangs would allow Sydney Epema (So., IF, Crookston, Minn.) to reach first with Lund scoring on the errant throw. A sacrifice bunt by Erin Emanuel (Fr., IF, Esko, Minn.) and a single to third base by Jamie Ford (Sr., OF, Edina, Minn.) would score two more runs for the Beavers before ending the inning. The BSU rally would fall short by three runs, giving the Mustangs a 7-4 victory.
The nightcap was a defensive battle with neither team scoring a run in the regulation seven innings. Left-handed pitcher Kelsey Saralampi (Fr., Esko, Minn.) pitched the first seven innings without conceding a hit while striking-out nine SMSU batters. The close game continued into the extra innings as both sides scored two runs each in the eighth to force a ninth inning. The Mustangs would score two additional runs to go up 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Epema would reach first after batting one to the SMSU shortstop who had trouble fielding the bouncing ball. However, Epema would be stranded on base as the Beavers would turn over outs two and three, dropping the second game of the doubleheader.
The Beavers have entered into four extra-inning games so far this season, with the longest being an 11-inning game on April, 1 against St. Cloud State.
BSU will be back in the diamond Sunday afternoon hosting the Mavericks of Minnesota State University, Mankato in another NSIC doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.