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|Win: Yost (1-0)||7.0||3||1||1||0||16|
|Loss: Klaphake (0-0)||4.1||11||5||4||3||2|
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team opened its 2017 season with a 6-1 win against University of Minnesota, Crookston, Monday in West St. Paul, Minn. Senior Jessica Yost had stellar start to the season for the Beavers (1-0, 0-0 NSIC) by going 2-for-4 at the plate and striking out 16 in the circle.
Bemidji State got a quick start to the scoring after back-to-back doubles from Alexandra Ripka and Yost that scored Ripka for the early 1-0 lead after the first inning. The Beavers picked up two more runs in the second when Courtney O’Connor hit a sac fly and Ripka brought in a run with an RBI single.
The Beavers would tally a run in every inning except the third with RBI singles from Jessica Burlingame and Olivia Tucker in the fourth and fifth, respectively while Yost hammered her first home run of the season with a solo shot in the sixth.
Minnesota Crookston scored its lone run in the top of the seventh after a RBI single by Morgan Duda.
After breaking BSU’s single season strikeout record in 2016, Yost got off to a hot start in the circle for her senior season after striking out 16 batters, one shy of a career high, Monday. She earned her first complete game of the season after pitching all seven innings and only allowed three hits with one earned run.
Five different Beavers picked up an RBI in the game including two from Yost. The Bemidji, Minn., native finished by going 2-for-4 with a home run and one double while Ripka followed by going 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI.
Bemidji State will continue play at the West St. Paul Dome tomorrow by facing Minnesota State University, Moorhead in a non-conference bout at 9 a.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).