The Bemidji State University softball team will pack its bags for more home games this weekend as the team will journey south to the Morningside Little League Complex in Sioux City, Iowa for the second time in as many weeks for a pair of doubleheaders. The Beavers will take on Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday before finishing the week off Sunday versus Northern State University.
Last Time Out
Last week, the Beavers were twice on the brink of ending an extended losing streak against the University of Sioux Falls, but fell 2-1 in nine innings and allowed a run in the bottom of the sixth after erasing a 5-0 deficit in the top half of the inning to lose 6-5. After the winless streak hit 14 games, BSU finally got the monkey off its back with a 5-4 win over Southwest Minnesota State. The Mustangs went on to win the second game 8-6. After playing four games in Sioux City, the Beavers finish the week with a drive to the Husky Dome in St. Cloud to play St. Cloud State University. SCSU won the first game 5-0 before finishing the sweep with an 11-2 victory in five innings.
About the Beavers
Bemidji State enters the week having lost three games in a row after snapping a 14-game losing streak Monday. The Beavers have had their first 24 games of NSIC play rescheduled in some form and now sit at 14th in the conference with a 2-18 record and an 8-29 ledger overall.
Nicole Dupay has been Bemidji State’s most productive offensive player thus far in 2013. The junior outfielder’s 40 hits tie her for the 12th-most in the league and she is also tied for 12th in doubles with eight on the year. The Woodbury, Minn. native leads the team average (.345), RBI (tied, 20), home runs (tied, three), and on-base percentage (.403). Senior Crystal Bowen has also been a solid source of offense this season. She is tied with Dupay in RBI and home runs and is hitting .275.
In the pitching circle, Kelsey Saralampi leads the way with a 4-14 record and a 6.12 earned runs average. She is 16th in the NSIC with 91.0 innings pitched and has 54 strikeouts, the 19th-most in the conference. Newcomer junior Allie Duellman is 3-10 with a 6.29 ERA, while Allison Roberts is 1-3 in 11 relief appearances, tied for the third-most in the league.
About the Dragons
MSU Moorhead has yet to win a league game in 18 attempts and enters the home stretch in last-place standing the in the NSIC. The Dragons are 2-31 overall, but one of those wins came against the Beavers in the team’s second game of the season, 7-4. BSU avenged the loss the following day and since then, MSUM’s only win came against Saginaw Valley State University March 9. The Dragons enter the weekend looking to end a 26-game losing streak.
Moriah Bruns, one of six players to start all of the team’s 33 games, is hitting .286 to lead the team. She is also tied for the team lead in home runs with Amanda Moore with three. Moore’s 15 RBI are tops on the Dragons. Katie Edison and Morgan Nybo are the team’s go-to pitchers. Edison is 0-10 when a 5.86 ERA, while Nybo has collected MSU Moorhead’s only two wins and sports a 6.00 ERA to begin the weekend.
About the Wolves
Northern State, BSU infielder Brittany Lenander’s old squad, handed the Beavers a 3-1 loss in the teams’ first game of the season at the NSIC Crossover in St. Paul. NSU, which sits one spot in front of the Beavers in 13th place in the league entering the weekend, is 5-9 in NSIC play with an overall mark of 13-19. Six of the Wolves last eight games have been cancelled.
Kelsey Robling and Kelsey Gale have matching first names and matching team-best .306 batting averages. Gale leads the Wolves with a .387 on-base percentage, but Robling’s 25 RBI are more than any other player on the team. At 7-10 with a 3.77 ERA, Kami Smesmo is the team’s top pitcher.
On Deck for BSU
The final week of the season awaits BSU after its trip to Iowa this weekend. Next Wednesday, the Beavers will play their final official road series of the season when they travel to the University of Mary for two games. On the weekend, Bemidji State is scheduled to host Upper Iowa University and Winona State University. If those series get relocated, the Beavers will have gone through an entire season without playing a game on its home field.