|February 25, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Nybo (1-0)||7.0||9||5||5||5||11|
|Loss: Roberts (0-1)||3.0||5||4||4||1||3|
|February 25, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||R||H||E|
|Win: Yost (1-0)||6.0||4||2||2||2||10|
|Loss: Derflinger (0-1)||4.0||8||6||4||1||3|
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (West St. Paul Dome) – The Bemidji State University softball team opened its 2015 season with a split in two games against a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) foes Wednesday in West St. Paul, Minn. The Beavers dropped their season opener to Minnesota State University Moorhead, 7-5 before rebounding to defeat University of Minnesota Crookston 11-2 for its first win of 2015.
Game 1 Recap: The Dragons came out swinging in the first game of the day as they got out to 6-0 lead on the Beavers after three innings. Taylor Huss provided the biggest blow for the Dragons with a three-run home run in the third, while Carly Williamson plated a pair of runs with a double in the second to put BSU in an early hole.
Bemidji State responded, however, as it scored three in the fourth and two in the sixth to close the gap but the early deficit proved too large for BSU as it fell in its season opener, 7-5.
Game 2 Recap: Bemidji State struck first in its second contest of the day against Minnesota Crookston when Lyndsey Peterson smacked a triple to right field and ended up scoring on the play after an errant throw by UMC’s right fielder. UMC answered in the next half inning with a two-run blast by Shelby Hollinger to give the Golden Eagles their first lead.
Following the home run by Hollinger, BSU’s offense went to work in the bottom half of the third inning. The Beavers pounded out 11 runs on 11 hits to cruise past the Golden Eagles 11-2 and earned their first win of the season.
Freshman Kaitlyn Shea was instrumental in the Beavers’ offensive outburst as she went three-for-four with three doubles and drove in four runs. Fellow freshman Lexi Ripka notched three hits and scored two runs and senior Cassie MacArthur went two-for-three and knocked in a pair of runs as well.
Sophomore Jessica Yost got the win for the Beavers in the circle after striking out 10 Golden Eagle hitters in six innings of work. The 10 punch-outs are a new career-high for Yost in a single game.
Notes on the Beavers:
- The 11-run outburst against UMC was the most runs that BSU has scored in a game since March 17, 2012 when it crossed the plate 22 times in a contest against Gallaudet University.
- Bemidji State pounded out 22 hits in the two games today in 58 at-bats for a .379 batting average. Every single BSU hitter that had a minimum of three at bats notched at least one hit.
- Freshman Kaitlyn Shea led the hit barrage for the Beavers with four hits, all of which were for extra bases (3 doubles and 1 home run), and five runs batted in.
- Sophomore Jessica Yost’s 10-strikeout performance versus UMC was the most strikeouts for a BSU pitcher since Courtney Anderson also had 10 against University of Minnesota Duluth April 6, 2012.
- Four newcomers to the team tallied their first career hits for the Beavers today. Lexi Ripka led the way with four hits in seven at bats, while Jacklyn Braiedy went two-for-three with a RBI in her start in game one. Freshmen Erin Robson and Laurel Denney also notched first hits as Beavers.
Next up: Bemidji State will return to action at the West St. Paul Dome tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. when it takes on Minot State University. Following its matchup with its fellow Beavers, BSU will take on MSU Moorhead around 11 a.m. to round out its first week of action.
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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).