Beavers earn sweep of Golden Bears after seventh inning rally

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Beavers earn sweep of Golden Bears after seventh inning rally
Friday, April 14, 2017
Beavers earn sweep of Golden Bears after seventh inning rally

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team swept Concordia University-St. Paul Friday afternoon in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. The Beavers (20-11, 10-6 NSIC) began the day by downing the Golden Bears (11-26, 3-13 NSIC) 8-3 in game one and rallied in the seventh inning of game two to win, 4-3.

Bemidji State 8, Concordia-St. Paul 3

As the visiting team on the scoreboard because of a site reversal, the Beavers took an early lead over the Golden Bears in the top of the first and second innings. Sophomore Brooke Phillips doubled in the first inning to score Jessica Burlingame for the game’s first run while Burlingame hit a grand slam in the second to put the Beavers ahead 5-0.

Bemidji State added another run in the top of the fourth with another RBI from Phillips but the Golden Bears responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the Beavers’ lead to 6-2. However, BSU answered quickly and in the next inning scored two runs off of RBI’s from freshman Olivia Tucker and Burlingame.

Concordia-St. Paul would tally a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-3 but senior pitcher Jessica Yost would down the remaining batters to earn the win in the circle.

Yost pitched all seven innings for BSU to earn her 16th complete game of the season. She allowed just three earned runs off of 11 hits and struck out 11 to improve her record to 16-3.

Burlingame finished with five RBI’s in the game, a career best for the sophomore, while Phillips went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI’s.

Bemidji State 4, Concordia St. Paul 3

It wouldn’t be until the game’s final two innings for the Beavers to find their stride at the plate in game two. The Beavers were shutout through the first five innings but four runs in the sixth and seventh, completed the Beavers’ comeback win.

Concordia-St. Paul tallied a run in the bottom of the first inning and added two more in the bottom of the fourth all while their pitcher held Bemidji State to just two hits over five innings.

BSU’s comeback would start in the top of the sixth however, when Alexandra Ripka got BSU on the board with a solo home run to left field. BSU then began the seventh inning with a lead-off double by Makayla Pagel. She would later come around to score when freshman Rachel Burkland came in to pinch hit and hit an RBI single.

The Beavers would score the game-tying and go-ahead runs on the same play when Phillips hit an RBI single that scored Angie Roberts from second base and with Phillips caught in a run down, Burlingame snuck her way to home plate scoring the games’ go-ahead run.

Yost, who relieved starting pitcher Kelsey McAllister in the fifth inning, shut down the Golden Bears in the bottom half of the inning after facing four batters.

Yost earns the win after pitching three innings in relief allowing no runs and just two hits with three strikeouts to improve to 17-3. McAllister started for the Beavers and went four innings giving up just three hits, one earned run and had two strikeouts.

Bemidji State will remain at home tomorrow and host Minnesota State University, Mankato for a doubleheader scheduled 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).