|March 30, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||R||H||E|
|Win: Yost (8-2)||5.0||0||0||0||0||12|
|Loss: Klaphake (2-4)||3.0||9||7||7||3||0|
|March 30, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Yost (9-2)||4.0||1||1||1||1||8|
|Loss: Braatz (8-4)||7.0||7||3||3||5||1|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team used the throwing arm of senior pitcher Jessica Yost to earn two wins against University of Minnesota, Crookston to open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Beavers (12-5, 2-0 NSIC) defeated the Golden Eagles (10-14, 0-2 NSIC) in game one 8-0 in five innings and completed the sweep with a 3-1 win in game two.
Yost didn't allow a base runner in the first game of the day to pitch the first perfect game of her career and also struck out 12-of-15 total batters.
The Bemidji, Minn., native started in game two and pitched four innings allowing just one run to pick up her second win of the day while sophomore Rochelle Koshalek came on to pitch three innings and earn the save.
In total, Yost allowed just one hit in nine innings over a two game spread and allowed just one earned run. She also earned 20 strikeouts while only allowing one walk.
Bemidji State 8, Minnesota Crookston 0 (F/5)
Yost started the game by striking out the Golden Eagles first 10 batters before the Beavers’ defense was forced to make a defensive stop.
BSU was able to provide plenty of run support for its starting pitcher by scoring four runs in the second, three in the third and one run in the fifth. Brooke Phillips started the scoring with a RBI single followed by a two-RBI double by Jessica Burlingame. The Beavers ended the scoring in the second with a sac fly by Alexandra Ripka.
In the third, Burlingame hit her second two-RBI double to extend the Beavers’ lead to 6-0 and a bases-loaded walk by Yost brought in the seventh run of the game. The Beavers added to their tally with an RBI single by Makayla Pagel for the 8-0 lead in the fifth.
Yost struck out 12 of a total 15 batters faced to earn her eighth win of the season and extend her record to 8-2.
Burlingame finished the day at the plate by going 2-for-4 with four RBI while Alayna Krejci and Phillips each added three hits.
Bemidji State 3, Minnesota Crookston 1
Head coach Rick Supinski decided to continue using the arm of his ace and sent out Yost to start game two of the doubleheader. Yost was just as efficient as game one and only surrendered one hit in her four innings of work.
The Golden Eagles were able to score first however, when a sac fly in the fourth inning brought around UMC’s first run of the day. Yost was able get out of the inning with the one run scored.
The Beavers were able to respond however, and with the bases loaded, Burling game singled to tie the game at one. Kelsey McAllister followed with a fielder’s choice RBI to give the Beavers’ their first lead of the game. BSU was able to extend its lead to 3-1 off of an RBI single by Krejci.
Koshalek came in to relieve Yost in the bottom of the fifth and continued to retire batters at the plate. She allowed only one hit over three innings of shutout play to earn her first save of the season.
Yost was credited with the win, her ninth of the season, and struck out eight batters while only allowing one walk.
Krejci led the Beavers with three hits during the game and finished the day by going 6-for-8 at the plate.
Bemidji State will continue league play at home this weekend by hosting Minnesota State University, Moorhead and Northern State University Saturday and Sunday, respectively, for a pair of doubleheaders. Game one against the Dragons Saturday is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start while Sunday will kick-off at noon.
For more information on the Bemidji State University softball program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@BSUBeaversSB 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).