Bemidji State heads south for a pair of NSIC doubleheaders this weekend
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Bemidji State heads south for a pair of NSIC doubleheaders this weekend

BEMIDJI, Minn.  – The Bemidji State University softball team travels south this weekend for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) doubleheaders. BSU will face Concordia University, St. Paul Friday and Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday. First pitches for both doubleheaders are scheduled for noon.

Scouting Bemidji State

Bemidji State enters the weekend with a record of 12-12 overall and 3-5 in NSIC play. BSU’s total of 12 victories is the most for the team since 2007 when it posted 17 wins. The Beavers look to get back on track this weekend, as they are currently riding a season-long five-game losing skid.

Junior Lyndsey Peterson has been BSU’s top offensive player this season. She has a .405 batting average with three home runs and seven RBI. In addition to Peterson, Lexi Ripka paces the team with 16 RBI to go along with two home runs and a .312 batting average.

BSU has used four pitchers in the circle so far in 2015. The Beavers’ pitching staff ranks 11th in the NSIC with a 4.09 ERA, which is almost two full runs lower than last season (6.03). Bemidji, Minn. native Jessica Yost has led the hurlers with a 9-4 record and a 2.28 ERA. She has 107 strikeouts in 73.2 innings.

Scouting Concordia-St. Paul

The Golden Bears are 8-21 with a 2-4 mark in NSIC action. CU is looking to continue a streak of 14 consecutive seasons with at least 20 victories dating back to 2000. In that time span, the Golden Bears have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

The 2015 edition of the Golden Bears has been led offensively by Nicole Thompson, who tops the team in batting average (.415), hits (39), on-base percentage (.439), runs (18) and stolen bases (12). While Thompson has been CU’s table-setter, Jamie Fleischhacker has been the squad’s top run-producer with six doubles, two home runs and 24 RBI.

CU has three pitchers that have logged at least 42 innings in the circle, but Stephanie Kappes has been the leader of the staff with 85 innings pitched. Kappes also leads CU in wins (4), ERA (4.12), complete games (9) and strikeouts (55).

Scouting Minnesota State

Minnesota State, which is 19-13 overall and 4-2 in league play, has three players that have a batting average of .340 or better in Tatum Klein (.414), Emily Bransky (.367) and Jess Meidl (.340). All three players have also been a threat on the base paths with 24, 12, 15 stolen bases, respectively.

Coley Ries and Libby Bemis have handled the bulk of the pitching duties for Minnesota State. Ries, who was the NSIC Pitcher of the Year and NSIC Freshman of the Year last season, has struck out 166 batters in 120.2 innings and has a 10-10 record. Bemis, meanwhile, is 9-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 87.2 innings of work.

Numbers to keep in mind

10-1 The Beavers are 10-1 this season when they have held their opponents to four runs or less.

22 – Lyndsey Peterson has reached base in 22 of the 24 games this season, including 14 straight coming into this weekend.

7 – Freshman Jaclyn Braiedy is currently on a team-high seven-game hitting streak. Braiedy is hitting .450 with four RBI and two doubles during the streak.

For more information on the Bemidji State softball program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@BSUBeavers or @Beaver_Softball), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/BSUBeavers) or sign up for the TXTUpdates from BSUBeavers.com text-messaging system through the "Multimedia" pull down menu on the main page of BSUBeavers.com.

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).

--bsu--

PROUD SPONSORS OF BEAVER ATHLETICS