Beavers trek to Florida for 13-game spring training trip
Monday, March 11, 2013
Beavers trek to Florida for 13-game spring training trip

This Week
The Bemidji State University softball team heads to Florida for its spring training trip and will play 13 games over a seven-day span. Competition begins Tuesday with three games, starting with a doubleheader against St. Mary-of-the-Woods College of Indiana and ending with a game against Fisher College of Massachusetts. On the second day of play, the Beavers will take on West Liberty University (W. Va.) and the University of Bridgeport (Conn.) before facing St. Joseph’s College (Ind.) and Bentley University (Mass.) Thursday. After taking Friday off Bemidji State will sandwich a doubleheader against Gallaudet College out of Washington D.C. Sunday between a pair of exhibition contests against Heartland College (Ill.) and Gloucester College (N.J.) Saturday and two more exhibition games against College of DuPage (Ill.) and Tompkins Cortland (N.Y.) to finish the trip Monday. 

About Bemidji State
Chosen to finish 15th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) coaches’ poll after a 10-37 season in 2012, Bemidji State is off to a 2-6 start to the 2013 season after its second 1-3 week of play at the Kelly Laas Invite in St. Cloud, Minn. last week. The Beavers, who went 1-3 in NSIC Crossover play at the season’s outset, won their second consecutive game to start their second week of play by defeating Valley City State 6-2 Friday. To wrap up play for the week, BSU played three games Saturday. The Beavers lost to Dicksinson State 11-2, St. Cloud State 14-0, and Minot State 8-0.

After its trip to Florida concludes, BSU will jump into conference play against the University of Minnesota, Crookston March 26. Bemidji State opens its home slate against Wayne State College April 6. 

About St. Mary of the Woods
The Pomeroys out of Indiana are coming off a 36-22 season after which the team graduated four players. SMWC last won a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national championship in 2008 and will look to contend for another title this season with six seniors, two juniors, two sophomores returning to the team and three freshmen joining the squad. 

About Fisher College
Fisher College comes to Florida from Boston to begin its season with 10 games in a six-day span. The Falcons, who are in Division II of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), are a young team that has 15 freshmen and four sophomores on its 21-player roster. FC went 0-42 last season after going 7-30 in 2011.

About West Liberty
WLU started the season with a 1-5 record before traveling south for spring training. The Hilltoppers of West Virginia (and Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) finished 2012 with a 13-38 ledger overall and are led by hot-hitting third baseman Maggie Starr, one of seven juniors on the team. 

About Bridgeport
Bridgeport (Conn.) begins its season with spring training after going 15-28 in 2012. The Purple Knights, who have a roster featuring players from Canada, England, and Poland, have just two seniors and one junior. UB went13-15 East Coast Conference action last year. 

About St. Joseph’s
St. Joseph’s will be the second Indiana-based team on Bemidji State’s spring training slate and enters the 2013 season coming off a successful 40-21 campaign in 2012, including a 22-12 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SJC brings back nine upperclassmen from a year ago. 

About Bentley
BSU will face its third opponent from New England in Bentley of Massachusetts, which is kicking off its season with a 10-game trip for spring training this week. Last year, the Falcons went 8-29, going 6-23 in Northeast-10 conference play and return 10 players this season. 

About Gallaudet
Though the Beavers will face Gallaudet of Washington D.C. in their final two non-exhibition games of spring training, GC will be starting its spring training trip with Sunday’s doubleheader. The Bison enter the week with a dominating 6-0 record after an 8-28 campaign last year. Gallaudet was 2-14 in North Eastern Athletic Conference action in 2012. 

BSU Player/Pitcher Notes
At the plate, Nicole Dupay leads the team heading into spring training with a .391 average, a .417 on base percentage, two steals, and four runs scored, which ties her for a team-high. After losing 2012 ace Courtney Anderson to graduation, BSU’s go-to pitcher in 2013 has been senior Kelsey Saralampi, who has a 4.50 ERA and a 2-3 record in six appearances this season. Saralampi has pitched three complete games as a part of her 30 innings of work and has 21 strikeouts. Senior Molly Arola and junior Allie Duellman, who wrapped up their season with Bemidji State’s women’s hockey team March 1 and 2, will bolster the Beavers’ roster moving forward.

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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).