BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team was picked to finish 16th in the 2015 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Softball Coaches’ poll released Wednesday. Lyndsey Peterson and Jessica Yost were picked as players to watch for BSU this season.
Returning NSIC Tournament Champion Winona State University was picked to finish first in the conference with 213 points and five first-place votes. Augustana College and Minnesota State University, Mankato were picked to finish second with 209 points. The Vikings picked up six first-place votes, while Minnesota State nabbed the five remaining first-place nods. The Beavers received 23 points in the poll.
Junior Lyndsey Peterson is Bemidji State’s top returning hitter after pacing the team in batting average (.283), home runs (five) and runs batted in (19) last season. Peterson also comes into the 2015 campaign sixth on BSU’s all-time home runs list with seven.
Sophomore Jessica Yost led BSU’s pitching staff with a 5.65 earned run average (ERA) and was tied for the team-lead with 60 strikeouts. The Bemidji, Minn. native, who posted a 3-9 record in 2015, also made 16 starts at first base and hit .217 with one home run and eight runs batted in.
The Beavers will begin the 2015 campaign with four non-conference games at the West St. Paul Dome, Feb. 25-26 against Minnesota State University Moorhead (twice), University of Minnesota Crookston and Minot State University.
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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).