BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team continues its 2016 season and travels to St. Cloud Minn., to take part in the St. Cloud Dome Games, Feb. 27-28. The Beavers (2-1, 0-0 NSIC) will face opponents from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in Concordia-St. Paul, University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minot State University.
Beavers open season with 2-1 weekend
Bemidji State opened the 2016 season last weekend by going 2-1 at the Dragon-Beaver Battle in West St. Paul, Minn. The Beavers started the tournament with a 1-0 shutout of the University of Minnesota Duluth in a game that featured junior Jessica Yost record a career-high 16 strikeouts in a one-hit bid.
The Beavers then followed the next day by falling to Minnesota State University, Moorhead, 5-1. The Dragons used a four-run third inning to down the Beavers. Senior pitcher Jenna Massingill came in relief of freshman Rochelle Koshalek to pitch three shutout innings with eight strikeouts.
Bemidji State then responded by defeating Minnesota Duluth for the second time of the tournament. Yost pitched all seven innings in the game and allowed just one run and struck out seven to improve to 2-0 on the season. Freshman Makayla Pagel hit her first career homerun that scored three to lead the Beavers to victory.
Yost off to hot start
Junior Jessica Yost has gotten off to a hot start in the pitcher’s circle for the Beavers and in two starts leads BSU with a 2-0 record. She has gone all seven innings in each game allowing just one run. She is currently sixth in the NSIC with 23 strikeouts, having played in just two games.
The Golden Bears enter the weekend’s action holding a 4-6 record. Concordia-St. Paul last played on Feb. 18-20 in at St. Cloud in the Huskey Dome Tournament. The Golden Bears went 3-2 in the tournament.
The Golden Eagles travel to St. Cloud, Minn., looking to pick up their first wins of the season. They currently are 0-4 on the season after spending last weekend in Aberdeen, S.D.
The Beavers started the season by going 3-2 after traveling to Las Vegas, N.V., Feb. 5-7. Minot State defeated Stanislaus State, Azusa Pacific University, University of Nebraska at Kearney.
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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).