BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team will have a busy week as it closes out the 2014 season with four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheaders. The week’s action will begin with twin bills against University of University of Mary and University of Minnesota Crookston at the BSU Softball Field Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Then the Beavers will hit the road to take on Winona State University at 3 p.m. Friday and Upper Iowa University noon Saturday.
Scouting the Beavers: Bemidji State (11-25) enters the final week in search of its first conference victory. BSU’s trio of outfielders pace the offense. Lyndsey Peterson (So., Cottonwood, Minn.), Nicole Dupay (Sr., Woodbury, Minn.) and Angie Roberts (Fr., Andover, Minn.) are near the top of all major offensive categories including hits, home runs and runs batted in for the Beavers. Peterson leads BSU in home runs (8) and runs batted in (18), Dupay leads in runs (17) and hits (28), while Roberts paces the squad in doubles (7) and triples (2).
In the circle, the Beavers have used three pitchers. Danielle Jecmen (P, Bloomingdale, Ill.) leads the staff in victories (5), games started (14) and innings pitched (87.2). Junior Allison Roberts (P, Crystal, Minn.) and freshman Jessica Yost (P/1B, Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) have thrown 72 and 66.1 innings, respectively, and both have contributed three wins.
Scouting U-Mary: The Marauders are 24-16 and 9-7 in conference play this season. The key to the Marauders’ success has been tied to its pitching staff and U-Mary’s base running ability.
Left-hander Cherlyn Trujillo leads U-Mary’s pitching staff. Trujillo is 11-6 this season with a 1.97 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 124 innings. Erin Keen has also contributed to U-Mary’s 2.92 team ERA with 11 wins with 111 strikeouts in 101.2 innings.
The Marauders lead the NSIC in stolen bases this season with 129, which is 31 more than the second place team Concordia University, St. Paul. U-Mary has four players that have at least 11 stolen bases and Allison Brown with 26 steals and Alana Norman with 37 pace the group of base stealers.
Scouting Minnesota Crookston: UMC has struggled in 2014 as it ranks last in the NSIC in runs scored (54) and earned run average (7.27). The Golden Eagles enter the week with a 3-28 overall, 1-17 NSIC record.
Minnesota Crookston’s offense has been paced by Ashley Manusos, who has hit .277 with two home runs and seven runs batted in, and Josee Plante, who has hit .271 with two home runs and nine runs batted in.
Senior southpaw Paige Schaust, who has all three victories, leads UMC’s pitching staff. In addition to Schaust, Bailey Braatz and Cateline Farfard have seen considerable time in the circle throwing 38.2 and 37 innings, respectively.
Scouting Winona State: Winona State currently sits second in the NSIC standings with a 34-6 (17-3 NSIC) record. WSU leads the conference in batting average (.349) and earned run average (2.03).
The Warriors’ offense has eight hitters that have batting averages over .345 topping out at .429. Jenny Nelson, who has a .413 batting average with 12 home runs and 53 RBI, is the most potent bat of the bunch.
In the circle, Hanna Lythberg has a 17-2 record with a 2.43 ERA in 112.1 innings and Ashley Walker has a mark of 12-4 with an 1.97 ERA in 117 innings.
Scouting Upper Iowa: Upper Iowa enters the week with a 15-25 (8-12 NSIC) record. The Peacocks have beaten some of the NSIC’s top teams in Minot State and Wayne State, but have not been able to put long wining streaks together.
Riley Kruel leads the squad in at bats (125), hits (41) and runs (21), while Erica Kirgan supplies the power with her team-leading nine home runs and 27 runs batted in.
Brooke Redmond and Jacqueline Flood share the bulk of the work on the rubber for the Peacocks. Redmond leads the staff with 11 wins with two shutouts, while Flood has worked 121 innings and earned four wins.
Numbers to keep in mind:
.305 – Bemidji State is batting .305 against left-handed pitchers this season and they will likely face some south paws from UMC and U-Mary.
.416 – Conference opponents have hit .416 this season off of BSU. BSU has hit .175 at the plate in NSIC play.
735 – It has been 735 days since BSU’s last home game at the BSU Softball Field. (April 15, 2012 vs. St. Cloud State).
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).