BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team opens Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play this week with doubleheaders against University of Minnesota Crookston, Minnesota State University, Moorhead and Northern State University.
The Beavers (10-5, 0-0 NSIC) begin conference play by hosting Minnesota Crookston Thursday, March 30 beginning at 2 p.m.
BSU will then host MSU-Moorhead Saturday, April 1 for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The Beavers then close out the weekend against Northern State at the BSU Softball Field Sunday, April 2 at noon.
Scouting the Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles have compiled a 10-12 record through non-conference action to start the season and are 11th in the NSIC with a .455 winning percentage. Minnesota Crookston last played on Mar. 17 and split a doubleheader with Midland University.
The Beavers and Golden Eagles met earlier this season in non-conference action where BSU was able to earn a 6-1 win at the St. Paul Dome.
Minnesota Crookston is led by Bailey Braatz in the circle who is 8-3 with a 3.03 ERA with 40 strikeouts to start the season. Victoria Bayliss leads the Golden Eagles at the plate with a .370 batting average while Hailey Fitzpatrick is .367 in the leadoff spot.
Scouting the Dragons
MSU-Moorhead is currently 5-12 on the season but will face Northern State Wednesday in a doubleheader before facing the Beavers in Bemidji, Minn. The Dragons last played on Mar. 9 in their spring tournament in Florida, having lost to Wilmington University and Walsh University.
MSU-M and BSU met earlier in the season where the Beavers defeated the Dragons 7-3 at the West St. Paul Dome.
The Dragons are led by Taylor Roddie at the plate who is hitting .393 with three home runs and 11 RBI. In the circle, MSUM is led by freshman Tori White who is 4-3 with a 3.47 ERA over 40.1 innings.
Scouting the Wolves
The Wolves begin the weekend’s action with a 15-9 record and are sixth in the NSIC standings with a .625 winning percentage. Northern State will host MSU-Moorhead and then travel to Minnesota Crookston before facing the Beavers, Sunday.
Jenna Helgeson leads the Wolves at the plate with a .382 batting average and has a team-high 11 extra base hits. Junior Katie Dawson leads the team with a .680 slugging percentage and has five home runs and 22 RBI. In the circle, Missy Elkins has seen the most action and has a 6-6 record with a 3.11 ERA over 65.1 innings. Jamie Fisher follows with a 6-3 record this season and has a 2.01 ERA over 52.1 innings.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Beavers start NSIC play fifth in the NSIC standings with a .667 overall win percentage (10-5).
- BSU went 8-5 in non-conference play in Clermont, Fla., including a six-game winning streak during the tournament.
- The Beavers’ last played Mar. 19 in a 6-2 win against University of Northwestern Ohio.
- Senior Jessica Yost leads the Beavers with a .450 batting average and has five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.
- She also leads the Beavers in the circle with a 7-2 record and 1.10 ERA over 57.1 innings.
- Junior Alexandra Ripka has tallied a .431 batting average in 51 at bats and leads the team in runs scored (17) and hits (22).
- Senior Alayna Krejci is second on the team with 11 RBI and has compiled a .386 batting average in 44 at bats.
- Sophomores Rochelle Koshalek and Kelsey McAllister have split time in the circle as the number two pitcher and each have three starts in four appearances.
- Koshalek has earned a 2-1 record and boasts a 1.05 ERA over 20 innings and one shutout.
- McAllister is 1-2 in the circle with a 2.14 ERA and one complete game.
- Through non-conference play, Yost is sixth in the NSIC in batting average and fourth in slugging percentage (.800).
- Koshalek is tied for the league lead in ERA while Yost follows in fourth. Yost is second in the league with 113 strikeouts so far this season.
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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).