BEMIDJI, Minn.— The Bemidji State University softball team released its 2015 schedule Monday. BSU is scheduled to play 50 games, including 28 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests. The Beavers will open the 2015 campaign with four non-conference tilts Feb. 25-26 in West St. Paul, Minn.
Bemidji State will face three familiar foes in the four games in West St. Paul, Minn. as it will face Minnesota State University Moorhead twice, University of Minnesota Crookston and Minot State University.
Following the season-opening contests, BSU will make its spring break trip to Tucson, Ariz. March 7-13. The Beavers will play 12 games against a mixture of NCAA Division II and NAIA teams from across the country.
The Beavers will open conference play with a doubleheader at rival Minnesota Crookston March 24, which will be followed by a pair of home double dips against Upper Iowa University (March 28) and Winona State University (March 29).
Next, BSU will embark on an eight-game road trip beginning with a mid-week trip to University of Mary (March 31). Following the games against the Marauders, BSU plays a pair at Concordia University, St. Paul April 3, Minnesota State University, Mankato April 4 and April 6 at University of Minnesota Duluth.
Bemidji State will return home for a season-long eight game home stand, which includes six NSIC games against Wayne State College (April 11), Augustana College (April 12) and St. Cloud State University (April 14). The Beavers round out the long home stay with a non-conference doubleheader against Valley City State University April 16.
BSU will close out the 2015 slate with eight of its last 12 games on the road beginning with a road swing against University of Sioux Falls (April 18) and Southwest Minnesota State University (April 19). Following the matchups with the Cougars and Mustangs, Bemidji State makes its second trip to North Dakota, as it takes on Minot State (April 22) in its final conference road double dip.
The Beavers will finish the regular season with home doubleheaders against MSU Moorhead (April 25) and Northern State University (April 26) and a pair of non-conference games at Concordia University-Moorhead April 27.
Bemidji State 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.
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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).