Bemidji State opens conference play with three doubleheaders this week
Monday, March 23, 2015
Bemidji State opens conference play with three doubleheaders this week

BEMIDJI, Minn.  – The Bemidji State University softball team opens Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play this week with three doubleheaders. The Beavers will open conference play March 24 with a double dip against University of Minnesota Crookston at Chet Anderson Stadium. Following its matchup against UMC, BSU will play a pair of home doubleheaders against Upper Iowa University, March 28 and Winona State University, March 29.  

Scouting Bemidji State

Angie Roberts and Lyndsey Peterson have been the Beavers’ top offensive players so far in 2015. Roberts leads the team in batting average (.424), hits (25), runs (14) and stolen bases (5), while Peterson has hit .420 with a team-high seven extra base hits (5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run). BSU has used a mix of four pitchers in 2015. Sophomore Jessica Yost has six of the team’s nine wins in the circle and ranks eighth in the NSIC with 65 strikeouts in 42.1 innings.

Scouting the Opponents

Minnesota Crookston comes into this week winning two of its last three games. UMC, which has a 4-14 record overall, is led offensively by Shelby Hollinger and Alexis Khoshaba. Hollinger is hitting .305 with five home runs and nine RBI, and Khoshaba has three home runs of her own and has driven in a team-high 17 runs. In the circle, Bailey Braatz has two of the four victories for the Golden Eagles. Braatz, who is 2-5 this season, has an ERA of 6.25 in 43.2 innings pitched.

The Peacocks enter conference play with a 5-16 record. Junior Jacqueline Flood has not only been one of UIU’s top hitters but she has also been one of the team’s top hurlers. Flood leads the team with a .371 batting average with two home runs and 12 RBI. In the circle, Flood is 2-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 55.1 innings pitched. In addition to Flood, Erica Kirgan (.309 batting average, 2 home runs and 13 RBI) and Brooke Redmond (3-8 record, 3.29 ERA, 61.2 innings pitched) have made contributions in the batter’s box and in the circle.

Winona State, which has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 10 of the last 12 seasons, comes into NSIC play with an 18-7 record. WSU has been powered by a pitching staff that has a collective 2.44 ERA, which ranks third in the NSIC. Hanna Lythberg and Ashley Walker have worked the majority of the innings and are 9-3 with an 1.60 ERA and 7-3 with a 2.07 ERA, respectively. Offensively, Morgan Lintz leads the squad in batting average (.355), home runs (3), on-base percentage (.432) and RBI (24).

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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).

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