Beavers open NSIC play with a sweep of Minnesota Crookston
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Beavers open NSIC play with a sweep of Minnesota Crookston

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – The Bemidji State University softball team started the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) season with a doubleheader sweep over University of Minnesota Crookston Tuesday afternoon at Chet Anderson Stadium.  The Beavers won the first game 9-0 in five innings, and rallied from a late 1-0 deficit to take game two, 2-1. With the pair of victories, Bemidji State improves to 11-7 overall and 2-0 in conference action. 

Game 1 Recap: Juniors Lyndsey Peterson and Mikayla Osterman tallied home runs in the early innings to stake the Beavers to an early 3-0 lead over the Golden Eagles. BSU tacked on two more in the fourth and four in the fifth to get out to a 9-0 advantage.

The nine runs were more than enough run support for starter Jessica Yost. The Bemidji, Minn. native threw five scoreless and hitless innings en route to her seventh win of the season. Yost struck out eight UMC batters, while walking one.

Peterson was BSU’s top offensive player in game one going two-for-three with a home run and three RBI. Jaclyn Braiedy also plated a pair of runs with a double in the fourth inning for the Beavers.

Game 2 Recap: Unlike game one, the second game of the double dip was a pitcher’s duel. Yost and UMC’s starter Bailey Braatz allowed just six hits combined in the game two.

Gabriel Antolak gave Minnesota Crookston its first lead of the day with a RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to plate Allison Foley.

Braatz continued to be in control until the top the sixth. Lexi Ripka led the inning off with a double and Peterson drew a walk to give BSU a pair of runners on with nobody out. Courtney O’Connor tied the game with a RBI single to plate Ripka. O’Connor and Peterson were able to gain an extra base because of the throw trying to peg Ripka at the plate was late. With a pair of runners in scoring position, Erin Robson grounded out to second base to give BSU a 2-1 lead, which proved to be the final score.

Yost got her second victory of the day and eighth of the season after throwing all seven innings, allowing three hits, one run and striking out 12 batters. 

Notes on the Beavers:

  • Yost earned her eighth victory of the season in game two against UMC. Yost’s eight wins are the tenth-most by a BSU pitcher in single season in program history. It is the most wins for a BSU pitcher since 2002 when Katie Hurst won nine games. In addition to her win totals, Yost also has 85 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. The 85 strikeouts are the ninth-most in a single season in program history.
  • Peterson hit a double and a home run today in the sweep. With the pair of extra base hits, Peterson now has 25 doubles and nine home runs in her BSU career. The Cottonwood, Minn. native’s 25 two-baggers rank second-most in program history behind only Stephanie Gray (29), and her nine home runs are tied for third-most in program history with Jamie Docken (2005-08).
  • The Beavers notched their 11th victory of the season today, which ties their win total from all of 2014. BSU also won its first conference game since April 15, 2013 against Southwest Minnesota State University.

Next up: The Beavers return to action Saturday and Sunday as they host Upper Iowa University and Winona State University, respectively. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and noon.

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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).