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Win: Nealer (17-2) 3.000014
Loss: Duellman (2-8) 1.149961
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Loss: Saralampi (4-12) 4.186633
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Beavers blanked twice by Minnesota Duluth
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Beavers blanked twice by Minnesota Duluth

ST. PAUL, Minn. The Bemidji State University softball team was swept Thursday afternoon against the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s (NSIC) second place team, the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs won the first game by a 12-0 score in five innings and shutout the Beavers again in the second game, 6-0.

The win gives UMD a season series swept of BSU—the Bulldogs downed Bemdji State 13-2 on the opening weekend of play at the NSIC Crossover in St. Paul.

With 12 losses in as many games, BSU is now 7-24 on the season with 1-13 NSIC record. The Beavers were shut out in back-to-back games by the same team for the first time all season.

In the first game, UMD pitchers Julia Nealer and freshman Cayli Sadler allowed a total of one baserunner (via walk) over five innings and the Bulldogs pulled away early with 11 runs in the first two innings.

The Beavers were able to keep the game scoreless through three innings in Game 2, but Minnesota Duluth broke it open in the fourth with four runs. BSU mustered four hits in the game, but was unable to push a run across and eventually fell 6-0. Duluth native Crystal Bowen (Sr., INF) recorded two hits, while freshmen Mikayla Osterman (C, Sierra Vista, Ariz.) and Lyndsey Peterson (P/INF, Cottonwood, Minn.) each had a hit.

Pitchers Allie Duellman (Jr., Maplewood, Minn.) and Kelsey Saralampi (Sr., Esko, Minn.) each suffered a loss on the day.

Bemidji State will enter the weekend on a 12-game losing streak that began on the second day of NSIC play. Over that span, the Beavers have played doubleheaders against six of the conference’s top seven teams in win percentage. The six opponents have a combined 141-41 record on the season, good for a .775 winning percentage. All 12 of BSU’s conference games have been rescheduled in some form and the that trend will continue as this weekend’s road games were all moved.

The Beavers will head back to Sioux City, Iowa to play the University of Sioux Falls Sunday and Southwest Minnesota State University Monday in a pair of doubleheaders that were originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The team’s next scheduled series Tuesday at home 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).