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|Win: Yost (10-2)||5.0||3||0||0||0||7|
|Loss: White (4-5)||0.1||3||5||4||2||0|
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|Win: Volkert (2-2)||5.0||7||6||4||2||3|
|Loss: Koshalek (0-0)||2.1||6||5||5||2||1|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team split its doubleheader with Minnesota State University, Moorhead by defeating the Dragons (6-15, 1-3 NSIC) in game one 8-0 after five innings but fell in game two 10-6.
The Beavers (13-6, 3-1 NSIC) saw another stellar outing from senior pitcher Jessica Yost who threw a complete game shutout in game one and earned seven strikeouts.
MSU-Moorhead 0, Bemidji State 8 (F/5)
Bemidji State got an early start to game one by tallying five runs in the first inning highlighted by a two-RBI triple from senior Alayna Krejci and a two-RBI double from freshman Rachel Burkland. Kelsey McAllister singled up the middle that scored Jessica Burlingame to tally the fifth run of the inning.
One runs is all that Yost would need however, after pitching her second-consecutive shutout following a perfect game against Minnesota Crookston, Thursday.
Yost allowed just three hits in the game and earned seven strikeouts to improve to 10-2 on the season. For the Bemidji, Minn., native it is her ninth complete game of the season and third shutout to rank second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 0.98 ERA.
The Beavers extended their lead to 7-0 in the fourth inning when McAllister and Jessica Yost hit back-to-back RBI doubles while BSU completed the run-rule in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single from McAllister.
McAllister led the Beavers with three RBI off of three hits including a double while Yost and Burlkand each went 3-for-3 at the plate.
MSU-Moorhead 10, Bemidji State 6
The second game of the day would prove to be a much more difficult outing for the Beavers’ pitching staff. The Dragons produced 10 runs off of 14 hits in the game to outscore Bemidji State 10-6 to even the series.
MSU-Moorhead scored first with a run in the top of the first but the Beavers were able to tie the game in the bottom of the second with an RBI from Angie Roberts. However, the Dragons responded with a four-run third inning to retake the lead, 5-1. The Beavers pulled within two with a runs off of errors in the third and fourth innings but a two-run fifth inning for MSUM extended their lead to 7-3.
Minnesota State, Moorhead made it 9-3 in the top of the sixth with two more runs but the Beavers responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Olivia Tucker, Burlkand, and McAllister all had RBI’s to pull the Beavers within three with an inning to play.
The Dragons added a run in the top of the seventh but pitcher Tori White was able to strand runners on the corners for the Beavers to earn her first save of the season.
With the loss the Beavers earn their first conference loss of the season and ends a four-game winning streak.
Sophomore Rochelle Koshalek earned the loss in the circle after pitching 2.1 innings allowing five runs on six hits and one strikeout.
Freshman Lexie Derrick was the only Beaver earn two hits at the plate by going 2-for-4.
Bemidji State continues its home stand tomorrow by hosting Northern State University for a doubleheader scheduled to start 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).