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Win: Lorimor (4-2) 3.110007
Loss: Jecmen (0-1) 2.152102
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Win: Roberts (1-1) 5.231112
Loss: Nordby (0-2) 8.0109658
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Beavers earn a split in its final day of action in West St. Paul
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Beavers earn a split in its final day of action in West St. Paul

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (West St. Paul Dome) – The Bemidji State University softball team split a pair of games in its second day of competition at the West St. Paul Dome. The Beavers fell in its first game of the day to Minot State University, 7-6, but rebounded to knock off Minnesota State University Moorhead, 9-7 in extra innings.    

Game 1 Recap: Minot State led its fellow Beavers 2-0 after three innings of play, but Bemidji State rebounded to tally five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Jessica Yost and Mikayla Osterman both notched two-run singles in BSU’s rally.

Minot State answered in the bottom half of the fourth when Melissa Bell launched a 3-2 offering from reliever Jenna Massingill for a grand slam to put her team back on top, 6-5. The 6-5 score proved to be the final score.

Kaitlyn Shea led BSU with two-for-three day at the plate, while Osterman and Yost each knocked in a pair of runs.

Game 2 Recap: MSUM knocked out BSU starter Jessica Yost out after just four outs in the second game of the day after tallying nine hits and six runs off BSU’s starter.  Reliever Allison Roberts came in and settled things down as she threw five-and-two-thirds innings while allowing three hits and one run to allow BSU to answer.

BSU’s offense answered in a big way following the rough start as it scored a run in each of the last five innings. Sophomore Courtney O’Connor launched a pair of solo home runs and senior Cassie MacArthur also knocked a solo shot to provide three of the runs. The big hit, however, came in the top of the eighth inning when Yost hit a two-run home run to give her team a 9-7 lead, which proved to be the final score.

Lexi Ripka, Lyndsey Peterson, O’Connor and MacArthur each record multiple hits against the Dragons to help the Beavers end their trip to West St. Paul with a 2-2 record.

Notes on the Beavers:

  • The win over the Dragons was the first for the Beavers since Feb. 20, 2013.
  • BSU was a perfect four-for-four in stolen base opportunities in the four games. Freshman Lexi Ripka led the way with two swipes.
  • The Beavers hit .320 in the four games compared to .291 from their opponents.
  • Powering BSU’s offense the most in the four games were Lexi Ripka, Kaitlyn Shea and Jessica Yost. Ripka led the team with seven hits, while Shea and Yost led the team with RBI.

Next up: Bemidji State, now 2-2, will make its return to the field March 7-13 when it travels to Tucson, Arizona to play 12 games against NCAA Division II, II and NAIA competition.

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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).