BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team starts its 2017 season Monday, Feb. 27 and Tuesday, Feb. 28 by co-hosting the 2017 Dragon-Beaver Battle in West St. Paul, Minn. The Beavers will face Anoka-Ramsey Community College for a scrimmage before facing University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minnesota State University, Moorhead at the West St. Paul Dome.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Beavers begin the tournament Feb. 27 by facing Anoka-Ramsey in a scrimmage at 1 p.m. followed by a non-conference game with Minnesota Crookston at 3 p.m.
- BSU will then face MSU-Moorhead Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. followed by another scrimmage with Anoka-Ramsey at 11 a.m.
- The Beavers will look to build upon a record setting 2016 season where the Beavers set a program record with 33 wins and reached the NSIC Softball Tournament for the first time since 2008.
- The Beavers return 11 letter-winners from last season including All-NSIC Second Team selection Jessica Yost.
- Yost set program records in wins (18) and strikeouts (276) in the circle last season as well as set program records in home runs (12) and runs scored (38) at the plate.
- Kesley McAllister and Jessica Burlingame return to BSU for their sophomore seasons after having career seasons as freshmen.
- Burlingame led the Beavers in hits (62), a program record.
- McAllister led the Beavers with a .376 batting average, sixth best in program history while also tallying 13 doubles and 10 home runs.
- The Beavers were voted to finish eighth in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the highest mark since the NSIC adopted 16 teams in 2013.
- Jessica Yost was selected the Beavers’ player to watch for the 2017 season.
- Bemidji State welcomes six newcomers to the 2017 roster. Juniors Kristin Monkman, Logan McDonnel and Lacy Hiltner join the squad as well as freshmen Olivia Tucker, Lexi Derrick and Rachel Burkland.
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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).