Bemidji State hosts Upper Iowa and Winona State over the weekend

Bemidji State hosts Upper Iowa and Winona State over the weekend
Friday, April 7, 2017
Bemidji State hosts Upper Iowa and Winona State over the weekend

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team hosts Upper Iowa University and Winona State University for a pair of doubleheaders this weekend in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. The Beavers (16-7, 6-2 NSIC) begin the weekend by hosting the Peacocks (8-22, 0-8 NSIC) Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m., followed by the Warriors (27-6, 8-0 NSIC) Sunday, April 9 at noon.

Scouting Upper Iowa

Upper Iowa enters the weekend’s action still searching for its first win on conference play. The Peacocks are tied for 15th in the NSIC standings with an 0-8 conference record and are 8-22 on the season.

Upper Iowa last played on April 4 and were swept by Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sammy Garrett leads the Peacocks at the plate with a .400 batting average and also leads the team with 20 RBI. Tara Walls leads the team with 10 extra base hits including nine doubles and one home run while Garrett, Jordyn Brennan and Riley Kruel each lead the team with 16 runs scored.

Emily Kisch has seen the most action in the circle for Upper Iowa and in 19 appearances, has compiled a 5-10 record with a 4.28 ERA and 32 strikeouts.  Erin Drahozal and Courtney Clayberg are next in the lineup while Clayberg has compiled a 2-5 record and Rahozal is 1-7. Drahozal has a 6.12 ERA in 14 appearances while Clayberg has a 6.26 ERA in 17 appearances.

Scouting Winona State

The Beavers will then welcome the top team in the NSIC standings in the Warriors. Winona State leads the NSIC with a perfect 8-0 conference record. The Warriors are 27-6 on the season and currently boast a conference-leading 11 game winning streak.

Mariah Schultz leads the team with a .431 batting average while Lani Van Zyl has tallied 29 RBI this season leading the team and is tied for seventh in the conference. The Warriors have four players in Schultz, Van Zyl, Paige Keegan and Samantha McLean who have tallied 20 or more RBI’s so far this season.

McKenna Larsen is Winona State’s number one pitcher and has compiled a 12-2 record. In 16 appearances, she has an ERA of 1.06, third in the NSIC, with four shutouts and has earned 43 strikeouts. Jaida Reynen has also put together a quick start in the circle and boasts a perfect 5-0 record and 1.22 ERA. Jordyn Kleman has also pitched for the Warriors and is 9-4 with a 2.22 ERA.

Bemidji State Notes

  • The Beavers are 16-7 so far this season and are tied for fourth in the NSIC with a 6-2 conference record.
  • BSU is 3-1 at home this season and is 3-2 in its last five games.
  • As a team, the Beavers are batting .343 at the plate, second in the conference.
  • BSU also has a 1.84 ERA in the circle, which is third. The Beavers’ pitching staff has allowed the second lowest run total in the NSIC.
  • Senior Jessica Yost leads the team in batting average (.456) and earned run average (0.87).
  • She is fourth in the NSIC in batting average and leads the conference in ERA.
  • Her earned run average is also fifth best in NCAA Division II.
  • She has also totaled 163 strikeouts this season, second in the conference, while only allowing three walks, the lowest mark in the NSIC.
  • She has compiled a 13-2 record on the season and is third in the league with 13 wins and is second with a .867 winning percentage.
  • Fellow senior Alayna Krejci is also having a stellar year at the plate and is second on the team with a .435 batting average and fifth in the NSIC.
  • Yost, Krejci and sophomore Kesley McAllister are all tied for the team lead with 18 RBI’s 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).