BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team will host Wayne State College and No. 12 Augustana College this weekend in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) doubleheaders. The Beavers will face the Wildcats Saturday and the Vikings Sunday. The first pitch is scheduled for noon both days at the BSU Softball Field.
Scouting Bemidji State
The Beavers are fresh off a split against University of Minnesota Duluth Wednesday at Chet Anderson Stadium. BSU knocked off UMD by a score of 8-0 but dropped game two, 2-1. The victory against the Bulldogs snapped a four-game losing skid in the series and it was the first win versus UMD since April 7, 2012.
Bemidji State’s offense has been powered via the home run this season. The Beavers have out-homered their opponents 31-15. BSU’s 31 home runs not only ranks fifth in the NSIC but it also establishes a new program record for home runs in a season shattering the previous record of 19 in 2007. Lyndsey Peterson and Jessica Yost lead the way with six and five, respectively. Seven other players for BSU have hit at least two home runs.
In addition to her work with the bat, Yost has also been BSU’s top pitcher with a 10-6 record. Yost has worked 96 of the 192.1 innings for the Beavers. The Bemidji, Minn. native has 123 strikeouts with a 2.99 ERA and three shutouts. Yost’s total of 123 strikeouts is fifth on BSU’s single-season list.
Scouting Wayne State
Wayne State (22-12 overall, 8-6 NSIC) enters the weekend having won five of its last six games. WSC’s has a team batting average a .309, which ranks fifth in the NSIC. Wayne State has five hitters that have batting averages over .300, including Lexie Loos with who is hitting at a .465 clip.
Senior Kelcie Bormann has been the Wildcats’ top pitcher, as she has 12 of the team’s 22 victories. Bormann, who was an All-NSIC Second Team selection last season, has a 3.02 ERA in 120.2 innings pitched and 128 strikeouts.
The Vikings are ranked No. 12 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Top 25 Poll. Augustana (33-5 overall, 14-0 NSIC) has won 16 consecutive games, including a 14-0 mark in NSIC action.
Augustana has the league’s top average hitter and power hitter coming into the weekend. Sophomore Sarah Kennedy leads the league in batting average (.523), hits (67) and total bases (113). In addition to Kennedy, Jenelle Trautmann has a .464 batting average with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.
Trautmann has also been Vikings’ top pitcher with a 20-1 record with a 2.01 ERA in 133.1 innings. Trautmann, who has 194 strikeouts, has been named NSIC Pitcher of the Week the last two weeks. The Hastings, Minn. native posted a 4-0 record with a 0.00 ERA, while holding opponents to a .121 batting average last week.
Around the Horn
- The 13 victories this season by Bemidji State are the seventh-most by a BSU squad in program history and most since 2006 (17). In addition, the Beavers’ four conference wins are the most since 2003 (8).
- Lyndsey Peterson is closing in on a few program records. Peterson needs two more doubles to be the career leader for two-baggers (30) and three home runs to be the all-time home run leader (16). The Cottonwood, Minn. native also needs just two more home runs to set the single-season record in that category (8).
- BSU has already played eight games in Bemidji, Minn. this season, which is the most the team has played since it played 14 in 2011.
- The Beavers have turned things around with the bat and in the circle this season. BSU is hitting .290 compared to .227 in 2014 and the team ERA is down from 6.03 to 4.66.
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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).