BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University softball team will open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play this week at the West St. Paul Regional Athletic Center with games against Minnesota State University, Mankato and Concordia University, St. Paul. The games were originally set to be played at the BSU Softball Field, but were relocated due to cold temperatures and unplayable field conditions in Bemidji. The Beavers will play a doubleheader against the Mavericks Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and will compete in another double dip versus the Golden Bears Monday beginning at 10 a.m.
Scouting the Beavers: The Beavers posted a 7-3 record on their 10-game spring trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., improving their nonconference record to 11-5 overall. With 11 wins through its first 16 games, Bemidji State has already accounted for more wins than any season since 2006 (17).
BSU has been guided this season by strong pitching from freshman Danielle Jecmen (RHP, Bloomingdale, Ill.), who recorded a no-hitter against Jamestown College February 25. Jecmen comes into the week with a 2.52 earned run average in 42 innings pitched. She is 5-2 on the season, which is the most wins by any BSU pitcher. Jecmen has been aided by fellow freshman Jessica Yost (P, Bemidji, Minn.) and junior Allison Roberts (P, Crystal, Minn.). Yost has a 3-1 mark with a 0.70 ERA in 30 innings, while Roberts has a 3-2 record with a 3.59 ERA in 37 innings.
At the plate, Bemidji State has been led by Nicole Dupay (OF, Sr., Woodbury, Minn.) and Alayna Krejci (3B, Fr., Wausau, Wis.). Dupay has a .368 batting average in 57 at bats with two home runs, 10 runs batted in and 13 runs scored. Krejci boasts a .346 average in 52 at bats with nine runs scored and a .443 on base percentage. In addition, freshman Angie Roberts (OF, Fr., Andover, Minn.) is hitting at a .327 clip with eight RBI while sophomore Lyndsey Peterson (OF, So., Cottonwood, Minn.) is batting .324 with eight RBI and seven runs scored.
Scouting Minnesota State: Minnesota State was tabbed as the favorite in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. MSU has lived up to those expectations going 18-6 so far this season. The Mavericks are riding an eight-game winning streak heading into the weekend. Seniors Samantha Holien and Lindsay Erickson have paced MSU’s offense so far in 2014. Both have batting averages higher than .412 and have combined for 13 home runs and 57 runs batted in. The top pitcher for the Mavericks has been redshirt freshman Coley Ries. Ries has a record of 8-2 this season with a 1.62 earned run average and 83 strikeouts in just 68 innings of work. The freshman hurler has won NSIC Pitcher of the Week twice this season.
Since moving into the NSIC in 2009, Minnesota State has not lost to Bemidji State (10-0).
Scouting Concordia-St. Paul: The Golden Bears are led by tenth year head coach Bob Bartel, who has guided CU to a mark of 303-185 overall, 119-69 NSIC during his tenure. This season CU is off to a slow start for, as it currently has a record of 5-17. The slow start can be traced, in some respect, to the youth of the squad. Concordia has just five upperclassmen on its roster to go along with 12 underclassmen.
On the diamond, the 2014 version of the Golden Bears is led by senior Bekah Roth. Roth paces all CU hitters in batting average (.338), hits (25), home runs (2) and runs batted in (20). In the pitching department, the Golden Bears have relied heavily on junior Stephanie Kappes. Kappes has logged 101 of 144 innings for CU this season and currently has a 3-12 mark with a 3.81 earned run average.
The last victory the Beavers earned against Concordia came April 14, 2012 by a final score of 7-1.
Numbers to keep in mind
2 – The number of conference victories the BSU softball team had last season.
7 – Nicole Dupay hit her seventh career home run moving her into fifth place on Bemidji State’s all-time home run list. Dupay is just one home run shy of moving into a tie for fourth place with former teammate Crystal Bowen.
47 – Allison Roberts moved into the top 10 at BSU for most pitching appearances with 47. Roberts can move into seventh place with two more appearances.
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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).