|April 14, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Bouman (0-0)||9.0||5||1||1||0||6|
|Loss: Duellman (0-0)||8.2||11||2||2||2||1|
|April 14, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Walters (0-0)||7.0||9||5||5||1||6|
|Loss: Saralampi (0-0)||6.0||10||6||5||1||1|
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Bemidji State University softball team dropped a pair of tight games to the University of Sioux Falls at the Morningside Little League Complex in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday afternoon. The Cougars won 2-1 in nine innings before BSU erased a five-run deficit before falling 6-5 in the second game.
BSU, which was unable to prevent its losing skid from hitting 14 with the losses, is now 7-26 with a 1-15 record in NSIC play. Sioux Falls improved to 11-17 and 6-8 in conference play.
The day’s first game had a rocky start for Bemidji State as the Cougars used an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead in the first game. However, BSU hurler Allie Duellman (Jr., Maplewood, Minn.) kept the Beavers in the game long enough to allow her team to tie the score.
In the fifth inning, Lyndsey Peterson (Fr., P/IF, Cottonwood, Minn.) finally got Bemidji State on the board and knotted the score at one with a pinch-hit double that drove in senior Molly Arola (Sr., IF, Walker, Minn.). The 1-1 score held into the ninth inning when the Katie Larson scored Shelby Thompson to win the game.
Duellman allowed 13 base runners and two runs in 8.2 innings of work.
Sioux Falls got off to an even better start in the second game and forced the Beavers to storm back late. The Cougars pushed across two runs in the first and added three more in the fourth, but BSU still made a game of it.
In the sixth inning, Jineane Williams (Fr., OF, Bemidji, Minn.) doubled to right center to plate Mikayla Osterman (Fr., C, Sierra Vista, Ariz.) to begin the rally. After Chelsey Watson (Fr., OF, Clearwater, Minn.) drove home Brittany Lenander (Jr., IF, Lino Lakes, Minn.) to make it 5-2, Nicole Dupay (Jr., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) leveled the game by launching her third home run of the year over the fence.
Despite BSU’s momentous comeback, the Cougars scored in the bottom of the frame to pull out a 6-5 victory.
Williams and Dupay led Bemidji State with two hits apiece. Kelsey Saralampi (Sr., P, Esko, Minn.) pitched all six innings for the Beavers, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs.
The Beavers will stay in Sioux City Monday to face Southwest Minnesota State University Monday in a doubleheaders that was originally scheduled for Sunday. The team’s next scheduled series is against St. Cloud State University later this week.
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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).