Beavers set for 12-game spring break trip in Florida
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Beavers set for 12-game spring break trip in Florida
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team will play 12 games against 10 teams over spring break in Clermont, Fla. from March 4-9. The Beavers come in to the trip with a 2-2 record after picking up a sweep over University of Minnesota, Crookston and losses to University of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State University Moorhead earlier this week.

BSU’s trip opens up Sunday as they take on Hannibal LaGrange University, a NAIA affiliate out of Hannibal, Mo. at 11 a.m. The Trojans
are 1-5 on the season coming into spring break. The Beavers will then take on Simmons College at 1 p.m., a NCAA Division III affiliate out of Boston, Mass. The Sharks will open up their 2012 slate against BSU Sunday. They are coming off a 25-17 record in 2011.

BSU will play more two games Mon., March 5 as they take on Georgian Court University at 1 p.m. and West Virginia Wesleyan at 3 p.m. Georgian Court, a NCAA Division II school out of Lakewood, N.J., is 0-2 on the season with a pair of losses to No. 18 Bloomsburg University. The Lions are coming off a 31-24 season in 2011. West Virginia Wesleyan, also a Division II foe, is 4-1 on the season coming into their spring break trip. The Cougars finished last season with a 48-8 record and were the No. 20 in the final national polls. They are led by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year Hilary Perez-Ashley, who was 24-2 with a 1.72 ERA last season.

On Tuesday the Beavers are set for a pair of contests against DIvision II opposition Post University at 3 p.m. and Grand Valley State University at 5 p.m. The Post Eagles open the season this week in Clermont. They are coming off a 24-24 record during the 2011 season. Grand Valley State also opens up the season this week in Clermont. The Lakers went 41-16 in 2011 and advanced to the Midwest Super Regional before falling to Saginaw Valley State University. GVSU is paced by 2011 Daktronics, Inc. National Player of the Year Katie Martin, who went 10-5 with a 3.02 ERA in the circle last season and also hit .468 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI. The Lakers led NCAA Division II last season with 76 round trippers.

Wednesday, BSU has an exhibition contest against Grand Rapids Community College at 5 p.m., and a regular-season game versus NCAA Division III foe Saint Vincent College of Latrobe, Penn. at 7 p.m. The Bearcats open the season this week in Clermont. Saint Vincent went 16-12 in 2011.

On Thursday the Beavers will play games against University of Saint Francis at 5 p.m. and Urbana University at 7 p.m. Saint Francis, a NAIA affiliate, went 24-20 in 2011 and is set to open up the 2012 season in Clermont. Urbana, a NCAA Division II affiliate, went 15-25 during the 2011 season and begins the season this week in Clermont.

The Beavers wrap up the full week of games Friday with a doubleheader against Wilmington University at 9 and 11 a.m. Wilmington, a NCAA Division foe from Wilmington, Del., is 3-8 on the year. The Wildcats have already played 11 games in Clermont.

Bemidji State has been paced in their first four games by its pitching. Courtney Anderson (Sr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) is 1-1 on the season with a 2.10 ERA in 10 innings pitched. Freshman Allison Roberts (RHP, Crystal, Minn.) has shown promise early on with a 1-1 mark and a 1.62 ERA on the year.

At the plate, the Beavers are led by a pair of freshman. Cassie MacArthur (P/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) comes in with a .429 batting average. Fellow newcomer Summer Monsrud (OF, Bemidji, Minn.) boasts a .417 batting average with four runs and one RBI. Nicole Dupay (So., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) comes into the week leading the Beavers with four RBI.