Beavers hit the road to play Wayne State, Augustana
Friday, April 5, 2013
Beavers hit the road to play Wayne State, Augustana

After dropping two games to Minot State University, the Bemidji State University softball team will have to travel out of state to play its first two home series of the year. BSU will play first-place Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. Saturday and will finish the weekend against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) adversary Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Sunday. Because the snow on Bemidji State’s home field caused the relocation—the games were originally supposed to be played in Bemidji—all four games will still count as home games for the Beavers.

Last Time Out
Following three days off after kicking off its NSIC schedule with 1-5 record stretch over three days last weekend, the Beavers lost a pair of games on the road against Minot State Wednesday. MSU won the first game 9-1 and took the second game 8-1 to complete the regular-season sweep of Bemidji State after winning the teams’ first meeting 8-0 on March 2. Minot State improved to 25-2 with the two wins and tied Wayne State for first place with a 7-1 mark in conference play.

MSU jumped out to an early lead in the first game and never looked back. The home squad amassed four runs in the first inning and added one more run in each of the last five innings for a 9-1 final. Nicole Dupay hit her second-career home run over the left field fence in the fourth to end what was previously a perfect game for MSU. 

Bemidji State got off to an auspicious start in the second game when Brittany Lenander reached base on an error and advanced to third before Crystal Bowen drove her in with a single to center field for the 1-0 lead. The one-run edge was short-lived, however, as Minot State scored twice in the first inning and once more in the second. Bemidji State hung tough until the fifth and sixth when MSU tacked on five more runs to make it an 8-1 final.

About Bemidji State
The Beavers begin the weekend with a 7-18 record, including a 1-7 NSIC mark after going splitting a doubleheader with Minnesota Crookston to start NSIC play before losing six straight games. 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 at the plate. Dupay has a team-best .427 average, 21 runs, nine extra-base hits. Her average is good for sixth in the NSIC. Senior Crystal Bowen leads the squad with 16 RBI, while Dupay is second with 15. The Beavers’ top two pitchers are senior Kelsey Saralampi and Allie Duellman. Saralampi is 4-8 with a 5.34 ERA and Duellman, who joined the team after the Bemidji State women’s hockey season ended is 2-6 with a 5.01 ERA on the season.

About Wayne State
Tied with Minot State for first place in the NSIC, Wayne State enters the weekend with a 16-6 record that includes a 7-1 mark in conference action. After starting league play with a loss to Augustana, the Wildcats have reeled off seven consecutive victories. WSC’s lineup boasts seven hitters with averages of .300 or higher, led by Kaiti Williams at .413 at Kelcie Bormann at .403. Sam O’Brien leads the team with 28 RBI and six home runs. Bormann is also one of the squad’s top pitchers with 1.96 ERA and a team-best 41 strikeouts. She is 5-2 on the year. Also in the circle, Sara Scheffert is 8-3 with a 3.14 ERA. 

About Augustana
Augustana is one of four teams tied for fourth in the NSIC with a 4-4 conference record after going 11-4 in non-league play. Theresa McMahon tops the team in average with .407 while Carly Peterson isn’t far behind at .400. Janelle Trautmann, who is hitting .312, leads the team with 26 RBI and an NSIC-best 11 home runs on the season. Trautmann doubles as the Vikings’ top pitcher, holding a 14-5 record with a 1.66 ERA and 102 strikeouts. Her 118.0 innings pitched are the second-most in the conference.

On Deck for BSU
Having its first four home games away from Bemidji made it so BSU’s first possible game on its home field will be April 16 against St. Cloud State University. Before then, the Beavers will travel to the University of Minnesota Duluth next Tuesday before heading south to the University of Sioux Falls and the Southwest Minnesota State University next weekend.

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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). 

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