ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team ended up on the wrong side of 7-0 and 2-1 decisions against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) foe University of Mary at the Husky Dome in St. Cloud Minn. Thursday afternoon. The games were originally supposed to be played as home games for the Marauders, but the schedule changed earlier in the week.
With the pair of losses, BSU fell to 8-35 on the season with a 2-24 mark in the NSIC. U-Mary, which entered the day in the 11th place in the league, surpassed Northern State University for the 10th and final playoff spot with the wins. The Marauders are now 21-16 with a 10-10 conference ledger.
Power was the name of the game for U-Mary in the first game of the day. After a scoreless first inning, the Marauders jumped on the board with a second-inning, two-run home run by Julissa Perales.
U-Mary pulled away in the third inning with two more runs, the first of which was a solo homer by Erin Keen. The Marauders tacked on one more run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to finish with a 7-0 victory.
Cherlyn Trujillo baffled BSU by tossing a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts. Allie Duellman (Jr., P, Maplewood, Minn.) was dealt the loss for the Beavers while fellow junior Nicole Dupay (OF, Woodbury, Minn.) recorded the team’s only hit, breaking up Trujillo’s perfect game in the seventh inning.
The Beavers got on the board first in the second game of the day as red-hot Lyndsey Peterson (Fr., P/IF, Cottonwood, Minn.) put BSU up 1-0 in the second, scoring a Trujillo throwing error. Tujillo had moved to first base for the second game.
From that point forward, however, Keen cruised in the circle, going the distance and recording eight strikeouts. U-Mary pulled ahead with RBI singles by Perales and Kimberly McKnight in the fourth inning and never looked back for a 2-1 win.
Kelsey Saralampi (Sr., P, Esko, Minn.) took the loss, conceding two runs on five hits while striking out six. Peterson and Chelsey Watson (Fr., IF, Clearwater, Minn.) each collected two hits in the loss.
Bemidji State had its final two games—both were originally schedule to be played at home—moved to Crookston, Minn. Wednesday, but the schedule is still subject to change. The Beavers are slated to play Upper Iowa University Saturday and first-place Winona State University Sunday.
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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).