Beavers split opening day at West St. Paul; Yost tallies career high 17 strikeouts

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Beavers split opening day at West St. Paul; Yost tallies career high 17 strikeouts
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Beavers split opening day at West St. Paul; Yost tallies career high 17 strikeouts

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team split the opening day in West St. Paul, Minn. at the Dragon-Beaver Battle, Thursday. The Beavers (6-3) began the day by falling to Viterbo University, 5-3, and then rebounded with a 2-0 shutout of Dickinson State University.

Jessica Yost went all seven innings in the win against Dickinson State and recorded a career-high 17 strikeouts to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Bemidji State 3, Viterbo 5

The V-Hawks took an early lead against the Beavers after scoring a run in the first inning, followed by four in the second. It wasn’t until the fourth inning Bemidji State climbed onto the scoreboard when Alayna Krejci scored Lyndsey Peterson with the bases loaded.

After a scoreless fifth and sixth innings, the Beavers came up to bat in the seventh with a comeback on their minds. Bemidji State scored early on in the inning when Alexandra Ripka drove in Angie Roberts off of a single to left field. The Beavers would pull within two when Makayla Pagel hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, but Viterbo sat down three straight batters to seal the 5-3 victory.

Kelsey McAllister led the Beavers at the plate by going 3-for-4 in the game while Ripka went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Rochelle Koshalek was credited with the loss after going 1.2 innings and allowing six hits and four earned runs.

Bemidji State 2, Dickinson State 0

In a game that was dominated by pitching, the Beavers were able to even their record on the day to 1-1 after shutting out Dickinson State, 2-0.

Bemidji State wasn’t able to crack Blue Hawks pitcher Alexzandria Watson until the fourth inning when Yost hit her team leading, third homerun of the season to put BSU up 1-0. The Beavers then extended their lead to two when Angie Roberts doubled to centerfield scoring McAllister.

That was all the run support Yost needed as she went all seven innings for the fifth time this season and allowed just two hits. A week removed from setting a career best 16 strikeouts against Minnesota Duluth, the Bemidji, Minn., native tallied a new career-high in strikeouts by retiring 17 against DSU.

Yost now has three shutouts on the season and leads the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in strikeouts (63) and ERA (0.20).

Bemidji State will wrap up play in West St. Paul tomorrow by facing Viterbo again at 8 a.m. followed by Minnesota State University, Moorhead at 10 a.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).