|February 23, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Nordby (2-0)||7.0||5||1||1||1||7|
|Loss: Koshalek (0-1)||4.0||7||5||1||1||2|
|February 23, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||R||H||E|
|Win: Yost (2-0)||7.0||4||1||0||0||7|
|Loss: Hartmann (1-2)||5.0||8||6||5||1||4|
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team split the final day of the Dragon-Beaver Battle in West St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday. The Beavers (2-1, 0-0 NSIC) opened the day by falling to Minnesota State University, Moorhead, 5-1, but then responded with a 6-1 defeat of University of Minnesota Duluth.
Bemidji State 1, MSU-Moorhead 5
MSU-Moorhead started the morning by scoring a run in the top half of the first inning, but the Beavers responded in the second inning when Erin Robson drove in Kelsey McAllister from third. However, the Dragons responded the next half inning by scoring four runs off of a Beaver error that would have ended the inning.
MSU-Moorhead pitcher Kristen Norby would shutout the Beavers for the remainder of the game as senior Jenna Massingill came on in relief of Rochelle Koshalek to pitch three shutout innings. Massingill was stellar in the circle and held the Dragons to just two hits and had eight strikeouts.
The Beavers tallied just five hits in the game and were led by McAllister who went 1-for-2 with a double and one run scored. Koshalek was credited with the loss after going four innings, allowing seven hits and five runs (one earned).
Minnesota Duluth 1, Bemidji State 6
The Bemidji State bats came alive in the second game of the day as the Beavers scored five unanswered runs in the game. The Beavers gained an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jessica Yost drove in Jessica Burlingame, but the Bulldogs answered right back and tied the game in the bottom half of the inning.
After both teams failed to score in the second inning, the Beavers took the lead by scoring four runs in the fourth. Freshman Makayla Pagel hit the first homerun of her career and scored three to lead the way for the Beavers.
Junior Jessica Yost pitched six shutout innings after the first and limited the Bulldogs to just four hits in the game as she dominated in the circle. The Beavers would add a run in the fifth inning to secure the 6-1 win. Yost pitched all seven innings allowing just one unearned run while tallying seven strikeouts to push her record on the season to 2-0.
The Beavers were led by Pagel who went 1-for-2 in the game with one homerun and three RBI while Yost supported her pitching effort by also going 1-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored.
The Beavers will be back to action this weekend and will compete in the St. Cloud Dome Games in St. Cloud, Minn., this Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the Bemidji State University softball program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@Beaver_Softball or @BSUBeavers) or like them on Facebook (facebook.com/BSUBeavers).
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).