MINOT, N.D. - The Bemidji State University softball team will travel to Minot State University for a pair of games Wednesday afternoon. The teams previously met this season March 2 at the Kelly Laas Invite in St. Cloud, Minn. MSU won the game 8-0, led by five RBI from Stacy Fournier and a complete, 10-strikeout game from pitcher Mandy Greenberg.
Last Time Out
Bemidji State opened NSIC play last weekend with six games in three days, going 1-5. In the team's opener indoors in Rosemount, Minn. against Minnesota Crookston, BSU dropped a 9-1 decision before bouncing back for a 10-4 victory. The Beavers played their final four games of the week inside in Savage, Minn. against Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State. The Golden Bears won by 7-0 and 7-2 scores while MSU shut Bemidji State out in back-to-back games, 15-0 and 8-0.
Senior Crystal Bowen provided the team's only offense against CU with a two-run homerun, her second of the season. BSU only reached based four times in two games against the Mavericks, recording two hits, a walk, and reaching on a error. In the team’s lone win, the 10-4 triumph over UMC, Nicole Dupay (three), Lyndsey Peterson, and Cassie MacArthur each had multiple hits, while leadoff hitter Summer Monsrud scored three runs. MacArthur also had four RBI while Dupay had three. Dupay scored two of the team's three runs in the other five games on the week. Allie Duellman was the team's top pitcher, going 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 22.2 innings over four appearances. the first time this season as they host Wayne State and Augustana over the weekend.
About Bemidji State
Bemidji State enters Wednesday with a 7-16 record, including a 1-5 NSIC mark after playing six conference games in three days indoors last weekend. Prior to those contests, BSU went 4-5 on a spring training trip to Florida and entered finished up its nonconference slate with a 6-11 ledger. BSU is led by Junior outfielder Nicole Dupay hitting-wise. Dupay has a team-best .449 average, 20 runs and is tied with senior infielder Crystal Bowen for a BSU best eight extra-base hits. Bowen leads the squad with 15 RBI, while Dupay is second with 14. The Beavers’ top two pitchers are senior Kelsey Saralampi and Allie Duellman. Saralampi is 4-7 with a 4.70 ERA and Duellman, who joined the team after the Bemidji State women’s hockey season ended is 2-5 with a 4.20 ERA on the season.
About Minot State
NSIC newcomer Minot State has had a very impressive first season in the league to this point. The Beavers, who were picked to finish 12th in their first season in the conference, have done much better than anticipated, going 23-2 with a 5-1 mark in league play. At the plate, MSU’s headline players are Jen Dixon and Tiffany Friesen, who enter the weekend with .593 and .462 batting averages, respectively. Friesen has also added nine homeruns, while Dixon has eight. Mandy Greenberg has been the team’s top hurler, starting off 12-1 with a 0.73 ERA and a whopping 136 strikeouts in 76.2 innings.
On Deck for BSU
After its Wednesday doubleheader against Minot State, the Beavers will have to travel out of state to play its first two home series of the year. BSU will play NSIC foe Wayne State in Wayne, Neb. Saturday and will finish the weekend against Augustana in Sioux Falls. Because the snow on Bemidji State’s home field caused the relocation, all four games will still count as home games for the Beavers. The team’s next schedule series in Bemidji is April 16 against St. Cloud State.