Bemidji State heads south for a pair of doubleheaders this weekend
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Bemidji State heads south for a pair of doubleheaders this weekend

BEMIDJI, Minn.  – The Bemidji State University softball team will head south for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) doubleheaders this weekend. The Beavers will take on University of Sioux Falls Friday beginning at 2 p.m. and Southwest Minnesota State University at noon Saturday. The games were originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, but were moved up a day to avoid rain that is forecasted for Sunday.

Scouting Bemidji State

The Beavers are coming off a split Tuesday against St. Cloud State University. BSU dropped the first game to the Huskies 4-0 before rebounding to take game two, 3-2. Bemidji State (16-20, 7-13 NSIC) has earned at least a split in three of its last four doubleheaders.

Lyndsey Peterson and Angie Roberts have led Bemidji State’s offense this season. Peterson is hitting .385 with six home runs and 20 RBI. Roberts, who has been BSU’s primary leadoff hitter, is hitting .380 and leads the team with 22 runs scored, 46 hits and five stolen bases.

Bemidji State has brought its team ERA down almost 1.50 runs from a season ago (6.03 down to 4.65). Sophomore Jessica Yost leads BSU’s pitching staff in most major categories including: wins (11), ERA (3.13), shutouts (3), innings pitched (111.2) and strikeouts (140).

Scouting Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls enters the weekend with a 21-17 overall record and 7-11 NSIC mark. Betsy Thomas has paced the offense in terms of average (.354) and power (11 home runs and 35 RBI). In addition to Thomas, Shannon Daly is batting .320 with nine home runs and 28 RBI. The Cougars have out-homered their opponents this season 35-27.

Breanna Black and Alyson Netty have handled the bulk of the pitching duties for the Cougars. Black holds a record of 9-9 with a 3.48 ERA in 110.2 innings pitched. Netty, meanwhile, has thrown a team-high 117 innings and has a record of 11-8 with 119 strikeouts.

Scouting Southwest Minnesota State

The Mustangs currently sit sixth in the conference standings with a 10-8 conference record. SMSU, which has a 21-19 overall mark in 2015, has won three of its last four games including a 6-1 victory over No. 12 Augustana College. The win by SMSU snapped a 21-game winning streak for the Vikings.

The duo of Jazmyne Neely and Katelyn Kalkman have powered SMSU’s offense with batting averages of .341 and .333, respectively. In addition to Neely and Kalkman, Alyssa Luttmann has provided a spark hitting .322 to go along with 13 stolen bases. Luttmann’s 13 steals rank 13th in the NSIC.

Alex O’Connor has been the workhorse for the Mustangs, as the sophomore has thrown 63.4 percent of the innings this season (165.2 of 260.2). O’Connor is 15-11 with a 3.17 ERA in 165.2 innings of work. O’Connor’s 165.2 innings pitched rank third in the NSIC.

Numbers to keep in mind

2 – Lyndsey Peterson and Jessica Yost need just two more home runs to set a new single-season record in that category. In addition, Peterson needs just three more long balls to become the all-time career leader in program history (16).

6 – Angie Roberts needs just six more hits this season to set a new single-season record for the most hits in a season (52). Peterson is also in the running for the record, as she needs 10 more base hits to surpass the current mark of 51 hits set by Misty Muter in 1998.

16 – Jessica Yost, who has 140 strikeouts this season, needs 16 more strikeouts to break the single-season record in that category. In addition, Yost ranks fifth on the all-time strikeout list at BSU with 200.

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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).

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