BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team will close out its 2015 campaign with three doubleheaders in three days beginning Saturday. The Beavers will host Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday and Northern State University Sunday before wrapping up their season with a non-conference double dip in Moorhead, Minn. against Concordia College Monday.
Scouting Bemidji State
The Beavers come in to the final weekend of the regular season with a 17-25 overall record and an 8-12 mark in conference play. The 17 victories are the most for the Beavers since 1999 when they posted 19 wins, and the eight conference wins are two shy of the program record for the most in a season (10 in 1999).
The long ball has powered BSU’s offense in 2015, as the team has smacked 41 home runs. The 41 home runs shattered the old record of 19 in 2007. Lyndsey Peterson (9), Jessica Yost (7) and Lexi Ripka (6) lead the way with 22 combined home runs. In addition to Peterson, Yost and Ripka, four other Beavers have hit at least three long balls.
Yost has not only been one of BSU’s top power hitters but she has also been the team’s top pitcher. The Bemidji, Minn. native has set the single-season record with 166 strikeouts and has a record of 11-11 with a 3.14 ERA this season.
Scouting MSU Moorhead
The Dragons are 12-27 overall and 2-23 in conference play this season. MSUM’s offense has largely flown through the quartet of Brittany York, Kristen Nordby, Kristy Bruni and Taylor Huss. Each of the four players have five home runs and have driven in 67 percent of the team’s runs (86 of 128).
Morgan Nybo leads the Dragons’ pitching staff with nine of the team’s 12 victories and paces the staff with a 4.96 ERA in 144 innings.
Scouting Northern State
Northern State is looking to maintain the fourth spot in the conference standings after compiling a 28-20 record and 15-10 mark in conference action. Eryn Yancy has been the Wolves’ top offensive weapon, as she leads the team in batting average (.331), home runs (8), RBI (32), hits (48) and slugging percentage (.593).
Kami Smesmo and Missy Elkins have thrown for all but 14 innings for Northern State. Smesmo is 18-10 with a 2.82 ERA in 181.1 innings, while Elkins is 9-9 with a 4.12 ERA in 125.2 innings of work.
Madison Little has been the Cobbers’ top offensive player with a batting average of .359 in 31 games. The Cobers, who are 9-22 this season, come into the weekend with a .224 team batting average.
The Cobbers’ pitching staff has a collective ERA of 3.57. The duo of Hillary Rotunda and Abigail Haraldson have led the way with records of 5-12 and 4-10, respectively.
Notes to keep in mind
- The Beavers and Dragons met earlier this season in West St. Paul, Minn. and the teams split the two games. MSUM took the first game by a score of 7-5, but BSU rebounded to take game two, 9-7.
- Saturday will serve as senior day for the two BSU seniors: Cassie MacArthur and Allison Roberts. The duo will be honored before first pitch.
- Bemidji State has been a much better team when jumping on its opponents early in games. BSU is 7-3 when it scores a run in the first inning and 13-5 when scoring first. When its opponents score in the first inning or score the first run, BSU holds records of 3-14 and 4-20.
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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).