Beavers’ comeback falls short as No. 14 Mavericks sweep Saturday

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Win: Bemis (18-4) 4.222156
Loss: Yost (17-4) 6.053218
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Beavers’ comeback falls short as No. 14 Mavericks sweep Saturday
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Beavers’ comeback falls short as No. 14 Mavericks sweep Saturday

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team pulled within one of No. 14 Minnesota State University, Mankato in game two but its comeback fell short as the Mavericks (38-6, 16-2 NSIC) earned the sweep of the Beavers (20-13, 10-8, NSIC), Saturday afternoon.

Bemidji State 1, Minnesota State 14

The first game of the afternoon would be all Mavericks as MSU dominated play at the plate and in the circle after earning a 14-1 victory in five innings.

Minnesota State started the game by scoring three runs in the third, eight runs in the second and then three more runs in the fourth inning.

The Beavers wouldn’t score their first run of the game until the fifth inning when Jessica Burlingame hit a triple to right center, scoring Megan Castor.

The Beavers totaled just five hits in the game including two from Burlingame and Makayla Pagel.

Bemidji State 2, Minnesota State 3

Game two would start similar to the first game of the day in that Minnesota State would start the scoring in the bottom of the first with two runs. However, senior pitcher Jessica Yost would rally in the circle and allow just one run over the next five innings.

After a run by MSU in the bottom of the fourth, the Beavers gained new energy when Alayna Krejci doubled to left center scoring Alexandra Ripka and Brooke Phillips to pull BSU with in one of the 14th ranked Mavericks. Yost would hold Minnesota State scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings and BSU threatened to tie the game in the sixth after loading the bases. However, pitcher Coley Ries was able to send down three straight batters to end the Beavers’ best chance at a comeback.

BSU would have one base runner in the top of the seventh but three strike outs by Ries ended the game with Minnesota State on top, 3-2.

Yost threw all six innings in the circle only giving up five hits and two earned runs. She also earned six strikeouts and allowed only one walk.

The Beavers totaled just four hits in the game but took advantage of four errors and seven walks by the Mavericks to have 15 base runners during the game.

Burlingame, Ripka, Krejci and Lexi Derrick all tallied hits in the game.

Bemidji State will be back in action Tuesday, April 18 when the travel to Minot State University to take on the Beavers in an Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader.

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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).