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Win: O'Connor (17-12) 8.054339
Loss: Yost (11-10) 7.175217
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Ripka (BSU) 411101
Krejci (BSU) 301000
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Kalkman (SMSU) 412100
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Win: Roberts (4-3) 5.272002
Loss: O'Connor (17-13) 4.164212
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Kalkman (SMSU) 402000
Carroll (SMSU) 312100
Reinsma (SMSU) 302000
Peterson and Ripka homer twice to lead Bemidji State to a split at SMSU
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Peterson and Ripka homer twice to lead Bemidji State to a split at SMSU

MARSHALL, Minn. (Mustang Field) Lyndsey Peterson and Lexi Ripka homered twice Saturday to help the Bemidji State University softball team gain a split against Southwest Minnesota State University. The Mustangs took game one in extra innings, 5-4, but the Beavers rebounded to take game two, 4-2. With the game two win, Bemidji State improves its record to 17-23 this season. The 17 victories are the most for the Beavers since 1999 when they posted 19 wins. 

Game 1 Recap: The Mustangs got out to a 3-0 lead in game one, but the Beavers battled back to tie the game at four in the seventh inning to force extra innings. Despite the comeback attempt by Bemidji State, SMSU scored in the eighth via an unearned run to take game one, 5-4.

Jessica Yost, who got the start in the circle for BSU in game one, was hurt by three BSU errors that led to three unearned runs. In total, Yost worked seven innings allowing seven hits, five runs (two earned) with seven strikeouts. Yost’s record moves to 11-10 with the loss.

Bemidji State collected five hits off SMSU starter Alex O’Connor, but two of the hits went over the fence. Peterson hit her eighth of the season and Lexi Ripka launched her third of the season to lead BSU’s offense.  

Game 2 Recap: Senior Allison Roberts allowed two runs (zero earned) in five-and-two-third innings to lead Bemidji State to a 4-2 win. Roberts scattered six Mustang hits with two strikeouts to earn her fourth victory of the season.

Peterson led the Beavers’ offense in game two going three-for-four with a solo home run and Ripka smacked her second home run of the day. Angie Roberts, Jaclyn Braiedy and Courtney O’Connor also collected hits for BSU.

Jenna Massingill threw one-and-one-third innings of scoreless relief to earn a save. It is the first save for a BSU pitcher since March 6, 2012.

Notes on the Beavers

  • With her two home runs Saturday, Peterson became the all-time home run leader in program history with 16. Peterson is also the new single-season home run leader with nine this season.
  • Yost struck out seven batters in game one, which give the Bemidji, Minn. 156 this season. The 156 strikeouts are the most for a BSU pitcher in a single season breaking the old mark of 155 set by Andrea Block in 2001.
  • Bemidji State earned its eighth conference win of the season, which is the third-most in program history. The only teams that posted more conference wins than the 2015 team are the 1999 (10), 1998 (9) and 1989 (9) squads. The Beavers have six more conference games remaining this season to try and tie or break surpass those marks.

Next up: Bemidji State will travel to Minot, N.D. for a matchup with Minot State University. The doubleheader, which will be BSU’s final conference road double dip of the regular season, will begin at 2 p.m.

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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).