BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team will continue Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play with a six-game road trip beginning Thursday against Minot State University. The games were originally scheduled to be played at the BSU Softball Field, but were moved to Minot, N.D. due to unplayable field conditions. BSU will then travel south to face Augustana College and Wayne State College April 5 and April 6, respectively.
Scouting the Beavers: BSU enters the road trip with an 11-9 (0-4 NSIC) record after dropping four games to Minnesota State University, Mankato and Concordia University, St. Paul, Sunday and Monday.
A pair of freshmen has led the Beavers’ pitching staff. Jessica Yost (P/1B, Bemidji, Minn.) leads BSU’s staff in earned run average (3.03) and complete games (6), while Danielle Jecmen (P, Bloomingdale, Ill.) leads in wins (5), innings pitched (51.2) and shutouts (2).
At the plate, BSU has gotten solid contributions from many different players, as five players have batting averages above .280. Senior Nicole Dupay (OF, Woodbury, Minn.) leads the squad in runs batted in (10), hits (22) and runs scored (13). Sophomore Lyndsey Peterson (OF, Cottonwood, Minn.) leads the team batting at a .341 clip in 44 at-bats.
Scouting Minot State: The Beavers enter play Thursday with a 16-8 (3-3 NSIC) record. Minot State won all three games versus BSU last sason, 8-0, 9-1 and 8-1.
NSIC Preseason Player of the Year Jen Dixon leads Minot State. Dixon currently has a .333 batting average with four home runs and 18 runs batted in. Ali Cygan has also produced for the Beavers, batting (.402) with 33 hits and 22 runs batted in.
In the circle, Mindy Lorimor, who is 11-5 with a 1.86 ERA in 97.2 innings pitched, leads the Minot State staff.
Scouting Augustana: Augustana currently sits No. 11 in the latest national polls after winning four straight NSIC games. The Vikings are 22-5 (5-1 NSIC) headed into this week’s action.
The Vikings have been a consistent offensive team toting a team batting average of .307. Mackenzie Alstott has been an igniter at the top of the Vikings’ order, leading the team in batting average (.413), hits (31) and stolen bases (9).
The Vikings’ pitching staff currently sits second in the NSIC in earned run average (2.17) and opposing batting average (.240). Augie has stuck to a pair of two hurlers for the most part. Jenelle Trautmann has a 15-2 record with 88 strikeouts in 85.1 innings of work, while Carley Pickett is 5-2 with a 1.86 earned run average in 67.2 innings.
Scouting Wayne State: The Wildcats are 20-10 (6-2 NSIC) coming into this week’s action. Wayne State is led at the plate by Kaiti Williams, who is batting .447 on the year with 19 runs scored. In addition, the Wildcats’ Sam O’Brien is hitting .348 on the year with 20 runs scored, six home runs and 23 RBI.
In the circle, Wayne State looks to Sara Scheffert, who is 10-2 with a 3.04 ERA. The Wildcats also use Kelcie Bormann as a starter. She is 10-2 with a 2.15 ERA on the season.
Numbers to keep in mind:
4 – Four players have played in every game this season: Angie Roberts (OF, Fr., Andover, Minn.), Alayna Krejci (IF, Fr., Wausau, Wis.), Megan Bergeson (C/IF, Sr., New London, Minn.) and Nicole Dupay.
146 – If seniors Megan Bergeson and Nicole Dupay play in every game this week, both would have over 146 games played. This would move them into fourth time on the all-time games played in list at BSU
2 – The number of conference victories the BSU softball team had last season.
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).