|February 20, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||R||H||E|
|Win: Mullen (1-2)||5.0||2||2||1||3||8|
|Loss: Peterson (1-1)||4.0||12||13||4||0||4|
|February 20, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Saralampi (1-1)||7.0||6||4||4||1||5|
|Loss: Howell (0-2)||4.2||7||7||7||3||3|
ST. PAUL (St. Paul Dome) – A day after losing its first two games of the season on the first day of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Crossover play, the Bemidji State split a pair of contests on its second day of games at the St. Paul Dome. The Beavers fell 13-2 to the University of Minnesota Duluth before bouncing back with a 9-4 victory over Minnesota State University Moorhead.
BSU recorded one home run in each of its four games, which all were played in a 26-hour span.
The day’s first game came against a highly-touted UMD squad that finished with an unblemished 5-0 record while conceded just in the two-day event. The Bulldogs were picked to finish fourth in the conference—BSU was slotted in the 15 spot.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Beavers were haunted by errors in the second and third innings and gave up all 13 runs against in those two frames after committing three errors. Bemidji State got on the board in the fourth inning when Crystal Bowen (Sr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) hit her third-career home run against her hometown school. It was he first homer since April 28, 2010.
In her third appearance in as many BSU games, freshman pitcher Lyndsey Peterson (Cottonwood, Minn.) fell to 0-2 after allowing all 13 runs—just four of them earned, however—while striking out four.
In their fourth game, Bemidji State put its slow start in the past and toppled MSU Moorhead 9-4, avenging a 7-4 loss it suffered to the Dragons Tuesday afternoon.
After dropping her first start of the year in the season-opener, Kelsey Saralampi (Jr., P, Esko, Minn.) improved to 1-1 with a solid outing, pitching a complete game in which she allowed seven hits and struck out five.
Bemidji State's bats also came alive in the noon game.
Mikayla Osterman (Fr., C, Sierra Vista, Ariz.) continued the impressive start to her young career by staking BSU to a 2-0 lead with her second home run in as many days. BSU's big inning was the fifth, in which Peterson and Nicole Dupay (Jr., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) each tallied two runs batted in as a part of a five-run inning that proved to be the difference in the game. Cassie MacArthur (So., IF, Cottage Grove, Minn.) drove in the other run in the inning as a part of a 3-for-4 day from the plate before Bemidji State tacked on two additional runs in the sixth.
Dupay racked up four RBI on the day, also going 3-for-4 at the dish.
The 1-3 Beavers will next play March 1 in St. Cloud, Minn. against Valley City State University. BSU will play its final three games before its spring training trip to Titusville, Fla. the following day against Dickerson State University, St. Cloud State University, and Minot State University.
For more information on the Bemidji State University softball program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@Beaver_Softball or @BSUBeavers), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/BSUBeavers), or sign up for the TXTUpdates from BSUBeavers.com text-messaging system through the "Mulitmedia" pull down menu on the main page of BSUBeavers.com.
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).