|April 26, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Flood (5-13)||6.0||1||0||0||1||4|
|Loss: Roberts (3-8)||4.0||12||5||5||1||2|
|April 26, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||R||H||E|
|Win: Redmond (14-11)||9.2||8||2||0||0||8|
|Loss: Yost (3-9)||9.1||14||7||5||2||8|
FAYETTE, Iowa (Eischied Softball Complex) – Despite producing its highest offensive output in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play this season, the Bemidji State University softball team came up empty in a conference doubleheader against Upper Iowa University Saturday, falling 6-0 and 7-6 in 10 innings. Bemidji State finishes the season 11-31 overall and 0-26 in NSIC play. Its 11-win total is a three-win improvement from 2013.
Upper Iowa’s starting pitcher Jacqueline Flood held Bemidji State to just one hit through six innings and went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Peacocks past BSU in game one, 6-0.
The Peacocks bunched three hits together in the first and third innings to plate a pair of runs off BSU’s starter Allison Roberts (P, Jr., Crystal, Minnesota.) to give UIU a 2-0 lead at the end of three.
Upper Iowa’s bats came alive again in the fourth when it collected five hits and plated three runs to open a 5-0 lead on Bemidji State. The three-run fourth inning chased Roberts from the game and Danielle Jecmen (P, Fr., Bloomingdale, Illinois) would come on to relieve in the fifth.
Bemidji State managed just three hits in game one. Lenander got the lone hit off Flood, while Jessica Yost (P/1B, Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Lyndsey Peterson (OF, So., Cottonwood, Minn.) collected hits off UIU reliever Brooklyn Koranda.
In game two, BSU had a pair of four-run leads, but Upper Iowa fought its way back to force extra innings and eventually win 7-6 in 10 innings.
The Beavers started quickly as they scored four runs on five hits in the first stanza. Freshmen Alayna Krejci (IF, Wausau, Wisconsin) and Angie Roberts (OF, Andover, Minn.) both notched run-producing doubles and Nicole Dupay (OF, Woodbury, Minn.) also produced a run with a single. The four-run outburst chased UIU starter Koranda after retiring just one hitter.
Upper Iowa cut BSU’s lead to 4-2 when it got back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the third off game two starter Yost.
BSU scored a pair unearned runs in the top of the sixth, but UIU answered with four in the bottom half to force extra innings.
The Peacocks’ comeback was aided by two Bemidji State errors, which plated two of the four runs in the frame.
After two scoreless extra frames, UIU would end the game with a walkoff double by Adrienna Olson.
BSU had two opportunities with a runner in scoring position in extra innings, but could not come up with the key hit to pull ahead.
Yost was tagged with the loss moving her record to 3-9. She threw all 9.1 innings for the Beavers, allowed seven runs (five earned) with eight strikeouts in the contest.
The gmes were the final games for three Bemidji State seniors: Megan Bergeson (IF/C, Spicer, Minn.), Dupay and Brittany Lenander (OF, Lino Lakes, Minn.).
Despite the loss of the three seniors, Bemidji State will return a lot of experience for next season as 14 players from this season’s roster are set to return for 2015.
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).