BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team opens the 2015 season today with its first official practice. The Beavers will have just over a month to prepare for their first games, which will be held in the West St. Paul Dome, Feb. 25-26 against Minnesota State University Moorhead, University of Minnesota Crookston and Minot State University.
The Beavers finished the 2014 season with an 11-31 overall record and a 0-26 mark in conference play. The 11 victories were the most in a season for BSU since 2006 (17). Bemidji State returns 11 players from last season’s team, while welcoming seven newcomers. Junior Lyndsey Peterson leads the returners after pacing the team in batting average (.283), home runs (five) and runs batted in (19) last season.
“It is always exciting to start a new season,” said BSU Head Coach Rick Supinski. “We only have six weeks or so before we begin playing games so it will be here before you know it.”
After playing four non-conference tilts in West St. Paul, the Beavers head to Arizona (March 7-13) for the first time in program history for their spring break trip. BSU will play 12 games while in Arizona before returning to Minnesota for the opening of conference play March 24 at Minnesota Crookston.
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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).