BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team closes out the 2017 regular season this weekend by travelling to University of Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State University, Saturday and Sunday. The Beavers (24-15, 14-10 NSIC) first face the Cougars (26-23, 13-11 NSIC) Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m., followed by the Mustangs (19-21, 10-14 NSIC) Sunday, April 30 at noon.
The Beavers currently hold fifth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings and can clinch a spot in the NSIC Softball Tournament for the second consecutive season.
Scouting the Cougars
The Cougars enter the weekend one spot behind the Beavers in the NSIC standings and are tied for sixth with St. Cloud State University. USF lost both games of its doubleheader with University of Minnesota Duluth, April 23, and will play doubleheaders with Augustana University and University of Minnesota, Crookston before they see the Beavers on Saturday.
The Cougars are led by Jasmine Ragusi at the plate with the junior averaging .358 with 14 doubles and 30 RBI. Kerrigan Hoshaw leads the team with 36 runs batted in this season and also leads the team with a .704 slugging percentage.
Courtney Mathews and Hoshaw have split time in the circle this season and have pitched 118.2 and 117.2 innings, respectively. Mathews has seen the most time with 29 appearances and has compiled a 10-7 record to go with a 2.83 ERA and 78 strikeouts. Hoshaw is 11-9 in 27 appearances and has a 3.69 ERA with 79 strikeouts.
Scouting the Mustangs
The Mustangs begin the weekend’s action on the verge of qualifying for the NSIC Softball Tournament and are 11th in the NSIC standings. SMSU last split its series with St. Cloud State, April 23, and will face Wayne State College and Minnesota Crookston before facing the Beavers for their regular season finale, Sunday.
SMSU is led by Sam Flack at the plate who is batting .327 and has 18 RBI and scored 20 runs. Taylor Koloc leads the team with 19 RBI and has a .523 slugging percentage while batting .320.
Alex O’Connor is the Mustangs’ number one pitcher and is 10-9 this season with a 2.84 ERA and 110 strikeouts. Shelby Crank, Athena Golling and Megan Cull have all split time as the Mustangs’ number two pitcher.
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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).