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|Win: Smesmo (20-10)||8.0||4||1||1||3||1|
|Loss: Yost (11-13)||8.0||10||2||1||0||8|
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|Win: Elkins (11-9)||7.0||11||5||5||1||3|
|Loss: Massingill (1-7)||6.0||7||4||4||0||4|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Softball Field) – The Bemidji State University softball team dropped a pair of one-run games in its final home action of the season against Northern State University Sunday afternoon, 2-1 and 6-5. The Beavers finish up Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play with a record of 8-22. The eight conference victories are the most for the Beavers since 1999 when they notched 10 wins.
Game 1 Recap: The Beavers scored the first run of the game in the third inning, but Northern State rallied with one run in the fifth and eighth innings to take game one, 2-1. The one-run defeat is sixth time in the last nine games that the BSU has lost by a single run.
Jessica Yost struck out eight NSU hitters in eight innings of work, while allowing two runs (one earned) and 10 hits. Yost also drove in BSU’s run in the third with a groundout to second base.
Bemidji State notched four hits against NSU starter Kami Smesmo in eight innings. Angie Roberts led the way going two-for-four with a pair of singles. Mikayla Osterman posted a single and Lexi Ripka recorded a double to round out the base hits for BSU.
Game 2 Recap: Northern State got out to 4-0 lead on Bemidji State in game two, but BSU rallied to the point of having the tying run in the scoring position in the bottom of the seventh inning. Despite the valiant comeback attempt by the Beavers, the Wolves held on for the 6-5 victory.
The key in BSU’s rally was its success with runners in scoring position. The Beavers went 0-for-five with a runner on second or third in game one, but turned things around in game two going five-for-11. Among those five hits were three extra base hits (two doubles, one triple) that were instrumental the comeback.
Eight of the nine batters in BSU’s starting lineup had at least one hit and three had multiple hits. Lyndsey Peterson went two-for-four with three RBI. Erin Deters, who went two-for-three with a double, and Courtney O’Connor drove in the other two BSU runs.
Notes on the Beavers
- The 11-hit performance by Bemidji State was the 14th time this season that the team has reached double digits in the hit column, which is more than the previous two seasons combined (14 to 13).
- With three RBI today, Peterson has driven in 30 runs this season. The 30 RBI are three shy of the single-season record that was set by Kelly Price in 2000.
- Sunday wrapped up BSU’s home schedule for this season and the Beavers finished with a 4-10 record. The four home wins are the most for BSU since 2012. In addition, BSU played a total 18 games in Bemidji, Minn. due to relocations this season, which is nine times as many as the team played over the past two seasons combined (2).
Next up: Bemidji State will wrap up the 2015 season Monday afternoon with a non-conference doubleheader at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. The games are scheduled to begin at 3:30 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).