BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team will wrap up its conference road schedule Wednesday at Minot State University. BSU and MISU are looking to keep their postseason hopes alive as they sit three games and one game behind, respectively from the tenth and final playoff position. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Scouting Bemidji State
Bemidji State looks to build upon a 17-win campaign beginning Wednesday. The 17 wins are the most for the program since 1999 when it won 19. BSU has improved offensively and defensively en route to its turnaround. The offense, which has already set the program record for home runs (39), has improved its batting average by 53 percentage points from last season (.227 to .280) and the pitching staff has lowered its ERA from 6.03 to 4.48.
Leading BSU’s turnaround on offense this season has been junior outfielder Lyndsey Peterson. Peterson’s totals in hits (4th, 49), RBI (5th, 27), walks (8th, 15), doubles (1st, 13) and home runs (1st, 9) all rank in the top 10 for a single-season in program history. With her breakout season, Peterson has also become BSU’s career leader in home runs (16) and doubles (32).
While Peterson has led the offense, Jessica Yost has paced the Beavers’ turnaround in the circle. Yost is 11-10 with a 3.14 ERA in 129.1 innings pitched in 2015. The Bemidji, Minn. native has 156 strikeouts in those 129.1 innings, which is the most ever for a BSU pitcher in a single season.
Scouting Minot State
Despite currently sitting tied for 11th in the conference standings, Minot State ranks in the top five in the NSIC in batting average (4th, .317) and team ERA (3rd, 2.64). MISU’s offense is led by a nucleus of three players (Jordan Grant, Melissa Bell, and Ali Cygan) that have started every game this season. Grant paces the team with a .445 batting average, 48 runs scored and 31 stolen bases. Bell is hitting .385 with six home runs and 41 RBI, while Cygan leads the team with 11 doubles, four triples and 45 RBI to go along with a .368 batting average.
Mindy Lorimor has appeared in 35 of MISU’s 47 games this season. Lorimor has a record of 19-13 with a 2.68 ERA in 198.2 innings pitched and four shutouts. In addition to Lorimor, Alyssa Cornejo has struck out 92 batters in 82.2 innings and has a record of 8-4.
Numbers to keep in mind
2 and 3 – Angie Roberts and Lyndsey Peterson are just two and three hits away from breaking the single-season hit record for BSU. Roberts (50 hits) and Peterson has (49 hits) are looking to break the record that is currently held by Misty Muter who posted 51 hits in 1998.
2008 – Bemidji State is looking to keep its postseason hopes alive as it currently sits three games back of the tenth and final playoff spot. The Beavers have not played in the postseason since 2008.
10 – BSU has eight conference wins this season, which is two shy from tying the most in program history. The program record was set in 1999 when BSU won 10 conference games.
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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).