Beavers split doubleheader with Upper Iowa

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Beavers split doubleheader with Upper Iowa
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Beavers split doubleheader with Upper Iowa

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team split its doubleheader with Upper Iowa University Saturday afternoon at the BSU Softball Field. The Beavers (17-8, 7-3, NSIC) defeated the Peacocks (9-23, 1-9 NSIC) in game one 7-3, but fell in game two 5-4.

Upper Iowa 3, Bemidji State 7

The Beavers got off to a quick start in game one by scoring three runs in the first inning. Jessica Yost started the scoring with a fielder’s choice RBI while Kelsey McAllister homered in the next at bat to score two more. The Peacocks answered quickly however, with two runs in the top of the second.

Bemidji State responded with two runs of its own when Brooke Phillips hit a two RBI double to put the Beavers ahead 5-2. After a scoreless third inning, the Beavers added two more runs in the fourth inning when Alexandra Ripka hit an RBI single and Alayna Krejci hit a sacrifice fly to score Ripka from third.

The Peacocks would tally another run in the top of the fifth but BSU’s Yost was dominant in the later innings and held UIU scoreless in the last two frames.

Yost earned her 14th victory of the season, extending her season record to 14-2. She pitched all seven innings giving up three earned runs with nine strikeouts.

McAllister and Phillips each led the Beavers with two RBI at the plate while Ripka was the lone Beaver to tally two hits in the game by going 2-for-3.

Upper Iowa 5, Bemidji State 4

Game two would favor the Beavers for most of the game but a late four-run seventh inning for the Peacocks earned Upper Iowa its first conference victory of the season.

The Peacocks scored first in the top of the first inning but the Beavers would answer back with two runs in the bottom half. Makayla Pagel tallied an RBI while Alayna Krejci scored on an error for each of BSU’s runs.

The scoreboard would remain unchanged for most of the game with Yost pitching five straight shutout innings to keep the Beavers ahead 2-1 to begin the final inning. However, the Peacocks would total six hits during the inning and scored four runs to take the 5-2 lead. The Beavers would rally in the bottom of the seventh when freshman Lexi Derrick hit her first career home run to bring the Beavers within one.

Unfortunately, Bemidji State would ground out in the last two at-bats of the inning, giving Upper Iowa the 5-4 victory.

Yost started her second-consecutive game and went 6.1 innings before being relieved by McAllister in the final inning. She earns just her third loss of the season after giving up four earned runs off of 12 hits and earned six strikeouts.

The Beavers will look to rebound tomorrow when they continue Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play by hosting Winona State University for a doubleheader scheduled to start at noon.

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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).