Beavers finish 2013 with U-Mary, Upper Iowa, Winona State
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Beavers finish 2013 with U-Mary, Upper Iowa, Winona State

The Bemidji State University softball team will wrap up is 2013 season this weekend against the University of Mary in St. Cloud, Minn. Thursday and against Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa and Winona State University in Winona, Minn. Saturday and Sunday, respectively. All 30 NSIC games for the Beavers were rescheduled in some manner this season and the team will finish the season without having played a game in Bemidji. BSU, which will still technically be the host of UIU and WSU this weekend, was slated to play seven doubleheaders at home this season.

Last Time Out
Last weekend, BSU had its home doubleheaders against Minnesota State University, Moorhead and Northern State University moved to the Morningside Little League Complex in Sioux City, Iowa. Despite getting a solid start in the circle from Allie Duellman, the Beavers fell 2-0 MSU Moorhead, giving the Dragons their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) win and allowing them to snap a 26-game losing streak. MSU Moorhead finished the sweep with a 6-0 win.

Northern State shut the Beavers out for a third consecutive game the following day, handing BSU a 5-0 loss to start the day. Jineane Williams snapped an 18-run scoreless drought for Bemidji State with her first career homerun in the second inning. The homer also gave the team its first lead in five games, putting the Beavers up 1-0. Despite receiving three RBI from Nicole Dupay, the Beavers fell 11-5.

About the Beavers
After snapping a 14-game losing streak April 15 against Southwest Minnesota State University, BSU has lost its last seven games going into Thursday’s tilts against U-Mary. The Beavers stand at 8-33 overall with a 2-22 conference ledger after going 6-11 in nonconference play, including a 4-5 spring training week in Florida.

At the Plate
The Beavers are led offensively by junior outfielder Nicole Dupay, who leads the team in several categories, including average (.325), runs (25), hits (41), RBI (23), total bases (59), and home runs (tied for first with three). Senior Crystal Bowen, who also has three home runs, is the only other player on the team with 20 or more RBI. Lyndsey Peterson is the team’s hottest hitter over the past eight games. Peterson, a freshman, is hitting .391 (9-for-23) with a home run and four doubles in her last eight games and leads BSU with an .481 on-base percentage and a .696 slugging percentage over that span.

In the Circle
Despite missing the first eight games of the season to finish the women’s hockey season, Allie Duellman has been the team’s go-to pitcher with 101.1 innings pitched. In four starts last week, the junior went 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA and pitched 28 innings (four complete games), while striking out 15 batters. Kelsey Saralampi still leads the team in wins with four and innings pitched with 102.2.

About U-Mary
The Marauders begin the weekend with a 19-16 record with an 8-10 mark in NSIC play. U-Mary sits in 11th place in the league behind Northern State, which currently owns the 10th and final playoff spot. After winning three of four games, the Marauders had eight straight games canceled and have lost their last three of four.

The Marauders are led at the plate by Allison Brown, who is in the NSIC’s top 15 in batting average at .369 and is in the top 10 in home runs with eight. Brown also has a team-high 35 RBI. In pitching, U-Mary is paced by Cherlyn Trujillo and her 2.28 ERA. Trujillo is 13-8 on the season and has 153 in 130 innings.

About Upper Iowa
Upper Iowa enters the week with a 23-13 mark and a 10-6 conference record. The Peacocks are one of the hottest teams in the league, going into the weekend having won eight of their last nine games, including the last five in a row. UIU’s current run has lifted them to eight in the league standings.

The Peacocks are driven at the plate by Rachael Anello. Tara Duran leads the squad with a .433 average, but Anello has played in more games and is at .369. Duran are two of eight players on the team with an average of .300 or higher, while Adrienna Olson sits at .299. Jacqueline Flood leads the team with 28 RBI. Brooke Redmond is UIU’s top starting pitcher with an 11-5 record and a 3.11 ERA. Brooklyn Koranda has a 1.64 ERA in 15 appearances, eight of which were starts.

About Winona State
Winona State is currently the top team in the NSIC. The Warriors are 14-2 in the league and are 29-7 overall. WSU, which has had eight conference games canceled, has won 14 of its last 15 games, including its last five. The Warriors also won their first 10 games of the year.

WSU has several of the conference’s top hitters, including Morgan Lintz (.420), Reed Karsten (.415), and Britt Stewart (.398), who are all in the top 10 in the NSIC in batting average. Lintz leads the team and is sixth in the league with 10 home runs and Ashley Walker is tied for third in RBI with 44. Walker is also the team’s top pitcher. She is a perfect 14-0 with a 2.85 ERA.