Beavers advance to third round with wins against Wolves and Bulldogs

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Northern State00111003102
Bemidji State120030X6131
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Massingill (13-7) 5.063225
Loss: Elkins (12-16) 2.053303
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Gale (NSU) 302010
Dilts (NSU) 412000
Fisher (NSU) 302000
Peterson (BSU) 414301
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Bemidji State3000100492
Minnesota Duluth0000020250
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Yost (18-7) 7.0522115
Loss: Hartmann (16-6) 5.074408
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Krejci (BSU) 302000
Schmoll (UMD) 411000
Schilling (UMD) 311000
Wright (UMD) 301000
Lewis (UMD) 301200
Schnyder (UMD) 301000
Beavers advance to third round with wins against Wolves and Bulldogs
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Beavers advance to third round with wins against Wolves and Bulldogs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Sherman Park/Bowden Field) – The Bemidji State University softball team earned two victories in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Softball Tournament for the first time since 2001. The Beavers (33-17), in their first conference tournament since 2008, defeated Northern State University the day’s first game 6-3. BSU then upset two seeded University of Minnesota Duluth in game two, 4-2.

The Beavers advance in the double-elimination tournament to play third seeded Upper Iowa University tomorrow at noon.

(9) Northern State 3, (8) Bemidji State 6

The Beavers took an early lead in the first inning when Lyndsey Peterson drove a solo home run over the right field wall to put BSU up 1-0 at the end of one. Bemidji State struck again with the long ball after Jessica Yost hit a two-run home run to extend the Beavers’ lead to 3-0 in the second.

The Wolves scored their first run in the third and took advantage of a Beaver error in the fourth and pulled within one with three inning remaining. NSU tied the game with a solo home run in the fifth but the tie didn’t last long after Alayna Krejci hit a solo home run in the following inning to take the 4-3 lead. Peterson added on to the Beavers’ lead with a two RBI single and after the fifth BSU lead 6-3.

Jessica Yost then came in relief of Jenna Massingill in the sixth and held the Wolves scoreless over the final two innings to earn her second save of the season.

Peterson finished the first game by going 4-for-4 at the plate with one home run and three RBI while Alayna Krejci scored the go-ahead run and went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored.

Massingill went five innings in the game and gave up just two earned runs off of six hits and struck out five batters to earn her 13th win of the season.

(8) Bemidji State 4, (2) Minnesota Duluth 2

The Beavers jumped to an early start against the Bulldogs, tallying three runs in the first inning. Erin Deters drove in the game’s first run off of an RBI single and then Alexandra Ripka returned to the Beavers’ lineup and scored two runs off of a single to right field for the early 3-0 lead.

Jessica Yost was dominant for the Beavers in the circle and held the Bulldogs to just one hit over the games first five innings. Bemidji State extended its lead to 4-0 when Peterson drove a solo shot over the left center wall. Peterson hit her team-leading 12th home run of the season and continues to extend the Beavers’ single-season record.

The Bulldogs finally broke through the Beavers’ defense in the sixth inning when Ashley Lewis doubled and drove in two runs to cut BSU’s lead in half. However, Yost recovered in the inning and picked up three strikeouts in the inning.

After a scoreless seventh inning for BSU, Yost stepped into the circle looking for the complete game win. A lead off single got the Bulldogs on the base paths but a fly out and two strikeouts ended the inning and the game.

Yost finished the game after pitching all seven innings and struck out 15 batters, the third most in her career. Alayna Krejci was the only Beaver to total two hits in the game and went 2-for-3 while Ripka scored the go-ahead run and went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Depending on the result of tomorrow’s action the Beavers, however will be guaranteed to play two games in the double-elimination tournament. BSU will play Upper Iowa at noon for their first action of the day at Field A in Sherman Park.

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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