BSU softball signs Dickinson and Osterman for 2013 season
Monday, April 16, 2012

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team announced the signing of two players to Rick Supinski’s inaugural class as the head of the Beaver softball program. Brittany Dickinson (P/IF, Superior, Colo.) and Mikayla Osterman (C, Hereford, Ariz.) both signed National Letters of Intent to play for Bemidji State during the regular signing period.

“I feel that both Brittany (Dickinson) and Mikayla (Osterman) fit into where we are trying to take this program,” Supinski said. “We have had solid pitching this season and have improved in the field but we need to improve our hitting. We need to put the ball in play more and I feel that both of these players will help us accomplish that. I am also excited to add two players from out of the region. It gives our athletes the experience of playing with two players who might come from different playing styles and offer unique perspectives of the game having played in Arizona and Colorado.”

All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Brittany Dickinson • Pitcher/Infield • 5-11
Superior, Colo. • Monarch High School

Had a 3.22 ERA as a senior at Monarch High School while holding opponents to a .273 batting average...Holds school record for strikeout to walk ratio...Threw four career no hitters at Monarch High School...Holds school record for career batting average (.543), slugging percentage (.714) and on-base percentage (.585)...Hit .564 with 10 runs scored and 17 RBI as a senior...Was selected First Team All-Front Range League 5A as a junior and senior...Named to the Boulder Daily Camera All-Area team in 2010 and 2011...Selected 2011 United States Specilaty Sports Association State All Star Game MVP...Coached in high school by her father Terry Dickinson...Lettered four years on the softball team...Also played club softball for the Colorado Coyotes.

Personal: Brittany Nicole Dickinson...Daughter of Terry and Tamara Dickinson...Born July 12, 1994 in Keokuk, Iowa...Father, Terry, played baseball and basketball at Iowa Wesleyan College...Sister, Brianna, played softball at Doane College in Crete, Neb.

“I envision Brittany being an all-around player for us,” Supinski said. “She is an athletic player that is going to help us with her bat. She makes good contact with the ball and does a great job of putting the ball in play.  She uses her drop ball effectively and will earn innings from day one.”

Mikayla Osterman • Catcher • 5-8
Hereford, Ariz. • Buena High School

Currently hitting .321 with 29 runs scored, 21 RBI, five doubles and four home runs through 25 games this season with Buena High School...Has led the Colts to a 19-6 record and seventh place in the Section II standings...Helped lead Buena High School to 5A Division I State Tournament as a junior...Played club softball with the Arizona Roadrunners and Arizona Aztecs Gold...Has participated in a number of collegiate showcases including the Triple Crown Sports Rising Stars College Showcase in Flemington, N.J. and the Colorado Fireworks College Showcase...Lettered two years in softball and two years in volleyball at Buena High School.

Personal: Mikayla Marie Osterman...Daughter of Michael and Jill Osterman...Born June 22, 1994 in Mesa, Ariz.

“We are looking at Mikayla to help improve our batting average as a team,” Supinski said. “She hits the ball well and will give us some added punch in the heart of the order. Defensively she will help solidify our catching staff and offer the ability to play other positions.”

Supinski is in his first season as the head coach at Bemidji State. The Beavers are 10-29 (3-17 NSIC), an improvement of five overall wins from the previous season’s mark of 5-27 (4-20). BSU has picked up wins over University of Minnesota Duluth, the program’s first victory over the Bulldogs since 1999, and Concordia-St. Paul, the first win for BSU over the Golden Bears since 2009. The Beavers will finish the 2012 slate with conference games against University of Mary (April 17), Winona State University (April 21) and Upper Iowa University (April 22) before ending the season with nonconference contests versus Valley City State University April 25.