Bemidji State travels west for a pair at University of Mary Tuesday
Monday, March 30, 2015
Bemidji State travels west for a pair at University of Mary Tuesday

BEMIDJI, Minn.  – The Bemidji State University softball team begins an eight-game road swing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Tuesday with a trip to University of Mary. The doubleheader against the Marauders is slated to begin at 2 p.m.   

Scouting Bemidji State

The Beavers are 12-10 overall and 3-3 in NSIC play this season. Both win totals are the most for BSU since 2006 (17) and 2011 (4), respectively. 

BSU’s offense has been led by outfielders Lyndsey Peterson and Angie Roberts this season. Peterson ranks 11th in the NSIC with a .403 batting average, while Roberts is 19th in the conference hitting at a .372 clip. In addition to Peterson and Roberts, BSU has five other hitters that have appeared in at least half the games and have batting averages higher than .300.

Sophomore Jessica Yost has led BSU’s pitching staff this season. Yost, who has nine of BSU’s 12 victories in the circle, has struck out 100 hitters in 67.2 innings this season and have held opponents to a .236 batting average. The Bemidji, Minn. native ranks fifth in the NSIC with a 2.17 ERA, seventh in strikeouts (100) and eighth in batting average against (.236).

Scouting University of Mary

U-Mary comes into this week with a record of 12-19 overall and 1-4 in NSIC action. The Marauders have been the NSIC’s most active team on the base paths with 102 stolen bases. Alayna Norman leads the way in base thefts with 31 steals, which ranks first in the NSIC. In addition to her work on the base paths, Norman has also been U-Mary’s top hitter with 50 hits in 107 at bats for a .467 batting average to go along with 23 runs scored.

Freshman Nena Dudley has been the Marauders’ top pitcher in 2015 with a 10-9 record with a 4.72 ERA. Dudley, who has made 25 appearances in the circle in 2015, has struck out 121 batters in 122 innings of work and has three shutouts in her debut season.

Around the Horn

  • The Beavers have hit 19 home runs this season, which ranks sixth in the NSIC. BSU has already surpassed its home run total from last season (13).
  • Lyndsey Peterson is currently tied for second on BSU’s all-time home run list with 10. Peterson needs just five more long balls away from tying the program record of 15 by Mara Johnson.
  • Freshmen Lexi Ripka and Jaclyn Braiedy are both riding five-game hitting streaks. Ripka is batting .300 and is tied for the team-lead with 14 RBI, while Braiedy leads all BSU freshmen with a .333 batting average.
  • BSU is 10-2 this season when scoring first, but it is 2-8 when its opponents cross the plate first. In addition, when the Beavers hold their opponents to 0-2 runs, they are a perfect 7-0.

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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).