BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team will open the 2014 season with six indoor games in St. Paul, Minn. Feb. 25-26. The Beavers will face Valley City State University and University of Wisconsin-Superior twice, while facing Jamestown College and Carleton College once.
Bemidji State returns eight players from last season’s squad. Senior Nicole Dupay (OF, Woodbury, Minn.), who led the Beavers in most offensive categories last season, leads the group of the returnees. Lyndsey Peterson (OF, So., Cottonwood, Minn.) also figures to play a large part in BSU’s offense as she hit .304 in 40 games last season as a freshman.
Ten newcomers will have the chance to make their BSU debuts in the six contests. Two of those newcomers will be looked at to shoulder some of the pitching load. Jessica Yost (P, Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Danielle Jecmen (P, Fr., Bloomingdale, Ill.) will be counted on to eat up a lot of innings as BSU has just one returning pitcher that has logged over 16 innings (Allison Roberts (P, Jr. Crystal, Minn.).
Scouting Valley City State: VCSU is coming off a 10-29 campaign in 2013. The Vikings key players are Katarina Boychuk, Savannah McMillan and Liz Hall-Sewell. All three were named to the North Star Athletic Association preseason all-conference team.
Scouting Wisconsin-Superior: The Yellow Jackets are looking to retool after losing a Second Team All-American catcher Ashley Martin to graduation. Martin led UWS with a .410 average at the plate and led the squad in stolen bases, runs and on-base percentage. Seniors Nicole Gross and Britnee Blake look to help fill Martin’s shoes. Gross went 8-9 in 25 games in the circle last season in 122 innings. Blake was second behind Martin in hitting at .296 and tied for second in hits with 21.
Scouting Jamestown College: The Jimmies are coming off a season in which they posted a 21-13 record. JC was a good hitting squad last season as it posted a team batting average was .331. Senior Courtney Van Den Bussche is the top returning hitter with a .394 average. In the circle, Emily Snow, who posted a 10-6 mark last season with a 3.64 earned run average, leads the Jimmies’ pitching staff.
Scouting Carleton College: Senior Jenny Ramey is the top returning hitter for the Knights. Ramey hit .436 with four homeruns in 2013. Carleton will have a pair of veteran pitchers to turn to as it returns two hurlers that threw more than 86 innings last season. Sophomore Keelin Davis and Junior Micaela LaRose accounted for 13 of the Knights’ 14 wins in 2013.
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Feb. 25 Jamestown College (9 a.m.), Valley City State (11 a.m.), UW Superior (1 p.m.)
Feb. 26 Valley City State (9 a.m.), Carleton College (11 a.m.), UW Superior (1 p.m.)
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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).