BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team opens its 2015 season with four games Feb. 25-26 at the West St. Paul Dome. BSU will face Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) rivals Minnesota State University Moorhead (twice), University of Minnesota Crookston and Minot State University in the four games.
Scouting Bemidji State
Bemidji State returns 10 players that saw significant playing time last season and welcome six new players to the squad. Junior Lyndsey Peterson, Alayna Krejci and Angie Roberts led the group of returning position players. Peterson led the team in batting average (.283), home runs (5) and runs batted in (19) last season, while Krejci paced the squad in hits (31) and walks (13) and Roberts led in doubles (9) and on-base percentage (.327).
BSU returns the three pitchers that accounted for every out from last season. Sophomores Danielle Jecmen and Jessica Yost return after pacing the squad in wins (5) and earned run average (5.65), respectively. Senior Allison Roberts is also back after posting a 3-8 mark with a 6.11 earned run average in 2014. Junior Jenna Massingill also returns and should provide depth to BSU’s pitching staff after sitting out last season due to injury.
Scouting MSU Moorhead
The Dragons will begin their 2015 season in West St. Paul as well. MSUM finished 15-24 overall and 9-19 in conference play last season. Senior catcher Brittany York who not only threw out 19-of-40 potential base stealers in 2014 but also provided an offensive punch with a .292 batting average. York led MSUM with six home runs and 23 RBI last season.
MSUM also returns the pitching duo of Kristen Nordy and Morgan Nybo. Nordy was 7-12 with a 3.52 ERA in 125.1 innings pitched, while Nybo was 8-12 with a 4.01 ERA in 134.1 innings pitched last season. Nybo, who hails from Minnetonka, Minn., also led the staff with four shutouts.
Scouting Minnesota Crookston
Minnesota Crookston will open its 2015 season as well Wednesday after finishing 3-34 overall last season. Seniors Shelby Hollinger and Josee Plante will lead UMC’s offense heading into 2015. Both Hollinger and Plante started all 37 games for the Golden Eagles last season. Hollinger, who will be the team’s starting second baseman, hit .280 in 93 at-bats and led the team with a .952 fielding percentage last season and Plante hit .252 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in.
Sophomore Bailey Braatz is the top returning pitcher for the Golden Eagles after making 12 starts last season. UMC also brings back Brooke Vatthauer who led the team with 21 appearances in 2014.
Scouting Minot State
Minot State has a 3-2 record coming into Wednesday’s games. Despite the 3-2 mark, Minot State has outscored its opponents 37 to 19 this season. Ali Cygan has led the Beavers’ offense so far with a .375 batting average, one home run and nine RBI.
The Beavers have three pitchers that have started at least one game in the circle for them this season. Mindy Lorimor, who started three of the five games, has a 3.45 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched this 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).