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Win: Yost (9-2) 7.0842211
Loss: Redmond (3-9) 6.0106628
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Roberts (BSU) 412000
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Win: Flood (3-6) 7.074401
Loss: Massingill (0-2) 6.096431
Marlinghaus (UIU) 413000
MacArthur (BSU) 322302
Bemidji State splits a pair with Upper Iowa
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Bemidji State splits a pair with Upper Iowa

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – The Bemidji State University softball team earned a split in a pair of games against Upper Iowa University Saturday afternoon at Chet Anderson Stadium. BSU won game one 6-4 and fell by the same score in the second contest. The Beavers move to 3-1 in league play and 12-8 overall with the split, while the Peacocks move to 6-17 overall and 1-1 in conference action.

Game 1 Recap: In the first game of the day, the Beavers jumped out to a 6-0 lead on Upper Iowa thanks to a six-run bottom of the third inning. Jaclyn Braiedy and Kaitlyn Shea plated a pair of runs with a double and single, respectively. Alayna Krejci and Jessica Yost also drove in runs with a single and a bases loaded walk to stake the Beavers to a large advantage early.

Upper Iowa pecked away at BSU’s lead with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to close the gap. Despite the late rally by the Peacocks, the Beavers held on for the 6-4 victory.

Yost notched her ninth win of the season moving her record to 9-2. Yost struck out 11 Peacock hitters and allowed four runs (two earned) in seven innings of work. Leading the way for the Beavers at the plate in game one were Angie Roberts and Lexi Ripka who both posted two-hit performances.

Game 2 Recap: Bemidji State looked like it would complete its second conference sweep of the week, as it had a 3-1 lead going into the final frame but a late rally by Upper Iowa in the top of the seventh gave the Peacocks the victory, 6-4.

The Peacocks plated the first run of the game with a RBI single from Whitney Williams in the second inning. Bemidji State answered with a pair of home runs from Lyndsey Peterson and Cassie MacArthur in the bottom of the second to give BSU a 3-1 lead.

The score remained 3-1 until the seventh inning when Upper Iowa scored five runs on five hits and one error to pull ahead, 6-3. BSU cut the deficit to 6-4 when MacArthur hit her second home run of the game, but that’s where the comeback stalled and Upper Iowa came out with a 6-4 victory.

Jenna Massingill was saddled with the loss after working the first six innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits. Massingill’s record dips to 0-2 with the loss.

Notes on the Beavers:

  • Cassie MacArthur became the second BSU player this season to hit a pair of home runs in a single game joining Courtney O’Connor who knocked two out against Minnesota State University Moorhead (Feb. 26).
  • Lyndsey Peterson hit her third home run of the season and the tenth of her career in game two. Peterson’s 10 home runs are tied for the second-most in program history with Kelly Price who hit 10. In addition to her prowess with the long ball, Peterson is also riding a seven-game hitting streak.
  • Jessica Yost struck out 11 Peacock hitters in game one to give her 96 strikeouts in in 61.1 innings this season. Yost not only ranks ninth on the single-season strikeout list but she also ranks sixth on BSU’s all-time strikeout list (156 strikeouts).
  • The Beavers won their 12th game overall and third conference game this season Saturday. BSU’s 12 wins are the most for the squad since 2007 when it posted 17 victories and the three conference wins are the most since 2011 when it had four victories.

Next up: The Beavers return to the field Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader against Winona State University. First pitch is scheduled for 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).