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Win: Miller (3-0) 6.010009
Loss: Saralampi (4-9) 1.010010
King (WSC) 422000
Monsrud (BSU) 401000
Arola (BSU) 411000
Osterman (BSU) 401100
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Wayne State (Neb.)2000000240
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Win: Scheffert (9-3) 7.050002
Loss: Saralampi (4-10) 6.142221
King (WSC) 311000
Nielsen (WSC) 301200
Hagemann (WSC) 301000
Loos (WSC) 201000
Monsrud (BSU) 302000
First-place Wayne State slips past Beavers
Saturday, April 6, 2013
First-place Wayne State slips past Beavers

WAYNE, Neb. (Pete Chapman Softball Complex) Due to field conditions in Bemidji, the Bemidji State University softball team traveled to Wayne State College play its first two official home games of the season Saturday. BSU made it close, but came up short against the first-place Wildcats, falling 3-2 in nine innings before dropping a 2-0 decision in the second game.

With losses in its last eight games, Bemidji State is now 7-20 on the season with 1-9 NSIC ledger.

Wayne State staked itself an early lead in the first game of the day, scoring once in the first and third innings, but the Beavers would fight back in the fourth.

After loading the bases, Mikayla Osterman (Fr., C, Sierra Vista, Ariz.) singled home Nicole Dupay (Jr., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) to cut BSU’s deficit in half. Two batters later, Cassie MacArthur (So., INF, Cottage Grove, Minn.) reached on a fielder’s choice to score Molly Arola (Sr., INF, Walker, Minn.) and knot the score.

In the pitching circle, Allie Duellman (Jr., P, Maplewood, Minn.) settled in after allowing WSC scored its first two runs and stayed in the game through eight innings. The junior pitcher exited the game after allowing a single to lead off the ninth inning and replacement Kelsey Saralampi (Sr., P, Esko, Minn.) conceded a single that drove in the go-ahead run later in the inning. BSU was unable to reach base in the bottom of the inning and fell by one run.

In the second game of the afternoon, the Wildcats picked up where they left off, plating two runs. Saralampi, who started the game, was strong from that point on, going 6.1 innings and allowing just two hits after the first. The Beavers, however, could only muster five hits and were unable to get on the board. Summer Monsrud (So., OF, Bemidji, Minn.) led the way with a pair of singles in the game.

BSU will travel north to play Augustana in Sioux Falls, S.D. Sunday. Because the snow on Bemidji State’s home field caused the relocation, all four games this weekend still count as home games for the Beavers. The team’s next schedule series in Bemidji is April 16 against St. Cloud State University.

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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).