Bemidji State closes out the season with a split at Concordia College

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Win: Yost (12-13) 6.042036
Loss: Haraldson (6-11) 7.0148825
Ripka (BSU) 423201
Yost (BSU) 423402
Little (CC) 412000
Gardner (CC) 412000
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Win: Rotunda (7-13) 7.055008
Loss: Roberts (4-6) 6.098445
Wittner (BSU) 312000
Hoffman (CC) 403300
Bemidji State closes out the season with a split at Concordia College
Monday, April 27, 2015
Bemidji State closes out the season with a split at Concordia College

MOORHEAD, Minn.  – The Bemidji State University softball team closed out the 2015 season with a split against Concordia College Monday afternoon in Moorhead, Minn. BSU won game one 8-2 but fell in the season finale, 8-5. BSU finishes the 2015 campaign with an 18-30 overall record, which is their highest win total since 1998 (25).

Game 1 Recap: The Beavers launched three home runs and pounded out 14 hits en route to an 8-2 win over the Cobbers in game one. Jessica Yost hit a pair of long balls for her eighth and ninth home runs of the season and Lexi Ripka hit the other home run for the Beavers, which was her seventh of 2015.

In addition to her work with the bat, Yost got the start in the circle for BSU and threw six innings without allowing an earned run. Yost, who struck out six batters in her six innings, improved her record to 12-13. The 12 wins are tied for second-most in a single-season in BSU history.

Game 2 Recap: Bemidji State looked like it would earn the sweep over the Cobbers, as it held a 5-4 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth. The Cobbers would rally, however, with a three-run double by Macknee Hoffman and bases loaded walk by Taylor Rasmussen to pull ahead of the Beavers for good, 8-5.

The Beavers collected five hits and were aided by five errors by Concordia College in game two. Freshman Monica Wittner led BSU at the plate going two-for-three.

Senior Allison Roberts took the loss in her final game in a BSU uniform to move her record to 4-6. Roberts allowed eight runs (four earned) on nine hits to go along with five strikeouts in her final collegiate game.

Notes on the Beavers

  • The Beavers hit three home runs today to bring their final total to 44 home runs in 48 games. Lyndsey Peterson, Yost and Ripka all had historic seasons with the home run. Peterson and Yost finished the season tied with nine home runs each to set a new single-season record, while Ripka established a new freshman home run record at BSU with seven. All three players are set to return for Bemidji State next season.
  • Monday’s games were the final games for seniors Cassie MacArthur and Roberts. MacArthur finishes her career tied for eighth on BSU’s all-time home run and walk lists (6 and 31), while Roberts graduates ranking fourth in appearances (74) and seventh in strikeouts (123).
  • Despite the graduations of MacArthur and Roberts, BSU is slated to return 17 players from this season’s squad for 2016. The Beavers have also signed six players to National Letters of Intent and are set to join the squad next season.

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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).