|April 22, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Fisher (9-13)||7.0||11||2||1||0||5|
|Loss: Massingill (11-7)||5.0||8||5||5||4||3|
|April 22, 2016||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Elkins (12-14)||9.0||12||2||1||2||3|
|Loss: Yost (16-7)||8.1||12||3||3||4||7|
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Moccasin Creek Softball Complex) -- The longest win streak in Bemidji State University softball history was snapped Friday in a sweep to Northern State University, 6-2 and 3-2, but the program earned its first NSIC postseason berth since 2008. The Beavers (29-17, 12-11 NSIC) scored two runs late in their game one loss to end a eight-game win streak before falling in nine innings to the Wolves (23-29, 13-15) in game two.
Bemidji State 2, Northern State 6
The Beavers brought home their first run of game one in the sixth inning as junior Alayna Krejci singled to right field to drive in freshman Kelsey McAllister. Facing a 6-1 deficit in the top of the seventh, freshman Jessica Burlingame hit a triple followed by junior Jessica Yost who hit a one-out single to drive in the run. The hopes of a rally were dashed on the next batter as the Wolves ended the game on a double play.
Senior Jenna Massingill kept the Wolves off the board through the first three innings and finished throwing five in the game. McAllister, Yost and junior Angie Roberts recorded two hits apiece, with Yost and Krejci driving in BSU’s only runs.
Bemidji State 2, Northern State 3 (F/9)
After Northern State scored two runs in the bottom of the first, Yost threw seven scoreless innings from the circle in her 24th start of the season. She totaled six of her seven strikeouts between the second and eighth innings.
Bemidji State tied the game over the second and third innings as Burlingame hit a two-out single to center field to drive in Krejci from third. McAllister singled in the third to set up the Beavers’ next run, brought home by freshman Brooke Phillips with a bases-loaded single through the left side. A ground out ended the inning with a 2-2 tie heading into the fourth.
The Beavers reached one runner to scoring position the rest of the way before the Wolves used two singles to set up the game-winning RBI double to left center in the bottom of the ninth.
BSU clinched a spot in the NSIC postseason tournament with a loss by University of Mary Friday night. Bemidji State plays its final regular season series tomorrow at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers and Dragons begin the doubleheader at 1 p.m.
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).