Beavers head south for nine games in South Carolina
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Beavers head south for nine games in South Carolina

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team will make its annual spring break excursion starting Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. to play in the Snowbird Softball Invitational.  BSU is scheduled to play nine games in five days against nine different opponents. All of the games are scheduled for either an 8:30 a.m. or a 10:30 a.m. start.

Scouting the Beavers: The BSU softball team is currently 4-2 after playing six games against Jamestown College, Valley City State, Carleton College and University of Wisconsin-Superior Feb. 25-26 in St. Paul, Minn. It is the best six-game start for the Beavers since 2012 when it also started 4-2.  

Bemidji State’s success in the first six contests has been due in large part because of stellar pitching. BSU’s three pitchers, Jessica Yost (P, Fr., Bemidji, Minn.), Danielle Jecmen (P, Fr., Bloomingdale, Ill.) and Allison Roberts (P, Jr., Crystal, Minn.), each have at least one victory and collectively have a 2.50 earned run average.

In the batter’s box, freshmen Alayna Krejci (IF, Wausau, Wis.) and Angie Roberts (OF, Andover, Minn.) have hit .471 and .375, respectively, in their first six collegiate games. Krejci leads the team in batting average and on base percentage (.571). Roberts leads BSU in hits (9), extra base hits (6) and runs batted in (4).

About the Opponents: All the schools Bemidji State will play while in Myrtle Beach compete in NCAA Division III and are located in New York, Pennsylvania or Massachusetts. BSU will face in order: Swarthmore College (PA), Ursinus College (PA), Delaware Valley College (PA), Arcadia University (PA), Gordon University (MA), SUNYIT (NY), Penn College (PA, Mount Aloysius College (PA) and St. Joseph’s College (NY). 

Numbers to keep in mind

4 – Bemidji State needs just four more victories to tie its win total from all of last season (8).

6 – Nicole Dupay (OF, Woodbury, Minn.) has hit six home runs in her career as a Beaver, which ties her for fifth place on the all-time home run list at BSU. Dupay needs just two more round trippers to move into a tie for fourth place with former teammate Crystal Bowen, who has eight.

136 – If seniors Megan Bergeson (IF, New London, Minn.) and Dupay play in all nine games in Myrtle Beach this week, the pair would move into eighth and ninth all-time at BSU for games played. Bergeson currently has played in 128 games, while Dupay has participated in 127. The pair of seniors would surpass former Beavers Stephanie Gray (1994-97) and Kasey Callison (2006-09) on the list.

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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).

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