Bemidji State softball travels to play 12 games in Florida

Bemidji State softball travels to play 12 games in Florida
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Bemidji State softball travels to play 12 games in Florida

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team returns to action next week by travelling to Clermont, Fla., to take part in a six-day spring break tournament. The Beavers (8-3) will play 12 games from March 13-18 and 11 different opponents from various conferences in the NCAA and NAIA.

The Beavers begin the tournament by playing Caldwell University and Wayne State University (Mich.), Sunday and then Indiana Tech and University of Bridgeport, Monday. BSU and Bridgeport will then play again on Tuesday followed by a game against St. Thomas-Aquinas College. Bemidji State’s opponents will be Bentley University and Franklin Pierce University, Wednesday and then Southern Connecticut State University and Merrimack College, Thursday. The Beavers will wrap-up the trip Friday, March 18 against Saint Michael’s College and Concordia University-Ann Arbor.

Tournament Schedule

  • March 13 – vs. Caldwell –------------------ 9 a.m. EST
  • March 13 – vs. Wayne St (Mich.) –--------1 p.m. EST
  • March 14 – vs. Indiana Tech –--------------5 p.m. EST
  • March 14 – vs. Bridgeport –-----------------7 p.m. EST
  • March 15 – vs. Bridgeport –-----------------9 a.m. EST
  • March 15 – vs. St. Thomas-Aquinas –---11 a.m. EST
  • March 16 – vs. Bentley –---------------------9 a.m. EST
  • March 16 – vs. Franklin Pierce –----------11 a.m. EST
  • March 17 – vs. So. Conn. State –----------1 p.m. EST
  • March 17 – vs. Merrimack –-----------------3 p.m. EST
  • March 18 – vs. Saint Michael’s College –1 p.m. EST
  • March 18 – vs. Concordia-Ann Arbor -----5 p.m. EST

Bemidji State Goes 3-1 in West St. Paul

The Bemidji State softball team returns to action after previously going 3-1 at the Dragon-Beaver Battle in West St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 27-28. The Beavers began by the tournament by falling to Viterbo University 5-3, but responded by shutting out Dickinson State University 2-0. BSU then earned two wins on the final day of the tournament and defeated Viterbo 4-1, and Minnesota State University, Moorhead, 11-0 in five innings.

The Beaver's pitching staff was dominant in the tournament and combined for an ERA of 1.40 with only five earned runs allowed and 50 strikeouts. Junior Jessica Yost led BSU by going 2-0 during the week with one save. She tallied 31 strikeouts including a career-high 17 against Dickinson State. She didn't allow a run over the 15 innings she pitched and only allowed three hits in three appearances.

Freshman Jessica Burlingame led the Beavers at the plate with eight hits on the week and had a batting average of .571. Yost also had a stellar week at the plate and went 7-for-13 (.538) with two homeruns and three RBI. Freshman Kesley McAllister batted .417 with five hits, one homerun and three RBI, as well.

Yost Earns Second Consecutive NSIC Pitcher of the Week Award

Bemidji State University softball junior Jessica Yost has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week, Monday. The Bemidji, Minn., native went 2-0 in three appearances with one save and only surrendered three hits in 15 innings in the circle.

Yost began the week by shutting out Dickinson State March 3, in a game where she only allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 17 batters. She then made her next appearance in relief against Viterbo University where she pitched three innings and didn’t allow a batter to reach base to earn her first save of the year. She closed out the week by pitching a complete game shutout of Minnesota State University, Moorhead by allowing only one hit and had eight strikeouts.

Yost went all 15 innings in the week without allowing a run and totaled 31 strikeouts as the Beavers went 3-1 in West St. Paul, Minn.

She moves to 6-0 on the season and is the only remaining pitcher in the NSIC with five or more wins on the season to have an unblemished record. So far this season the junior has posted four shutouts and is 11th in the nation with an 0.16 ERA. Yost currently leads the conference in ERA (0.16), strikeouts (77) and wins (6).

Bemidji State Notes

  • Jessica Yost leads the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with an ERA of 0.16 and ranks 11th in the nation.
  • Yost also leads the conference in opposing batting average (.091) and is second in strikeouts (77).
  • Freshman Jessica Burlingame is having a hot start at the plate and leads the team with a .471 batting average and is seventh in the conference.
  • Freshman Kelsey McAllister also has had success at the plate early on this season and is tied for first in the league with a slugging percentage of 1.000. She leads the team with four doubles and is tied for second with three homeruns with a batting average of .435.
  • Yost has also been stellar at the plate and is tied for the league lead with four home runs. She is tied for the team lead with nine RBI while also batting .433 in 30 at bats.
  • As a team the Beavers have the second best batting average in the conference (.324) and lead the league in home runs per game (1.18)

Following the tournament, Bemidji State will begin NSIC play Tuesday, March 22. The Beavers will host the University of Minnesota, Crookston for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

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).

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