Beavers advance to day three of NSIC Softball Tournament

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Beavers advance to day three of NSIC Softball Tournament
Friday, May 5, 2017
Beavers advance to day three of NSIC Softball Tournament

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Bemidji State University softball team advanced to day three of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Softball Tournament after defeating University of Sioux Falls and University of Minnesota Duluth, Friday.

The Beavers (27-18, 14-12 NSIC) began the day with a 3-1 win over the Cougars followed by a 2-0 shutout over Minnesota Duluth to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

Senior Jessica Yost pitched back-to-back complete games and over 14.0 innings, allowed just one run, six hits and tallied 19 strikeouts.

The Beavers advance to day three of the tournament for the first time under head coach Rick Supinski and will face Augustana University (S.D.) at 10 a.m. at Bowden Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. BSU and Augie faced one another in the first game of the tournament where the Beavers fell to the Vikings, 2-1.

Sioux Falls 1, Bemidji State 3

Sioux Falls opened the scoring in the game with a solo home run in the top of the second but the Beavers answered right back with a solo home run of their own off the bat of junior Alexandra Ripka to tie the game at one.

Both pitchers would excel in the circle for most of the game and following the second inning runs, Jessica Yost and Kerrigan Hoshaw each blanked the opposing batters for three straight innings.

It would be the Beavers who would break the 1-1 tie and in the sixth inning, Brooke Phillips hit an RBI single and Jessica Burlingame scored on a wild pitch to put the Beavers ahead 3-1. For Phillips, her RBI would be the fourth of the tournament after tallying three yesterday, leading the team.

Yost remained dominant and sent down the Cougars in order in the seventh to earn the complete game win. The senior struck out 11 batters in the game while allowing just four hits, one earned run and didn’t walk a single batter.

The Beavers would keep their playoff hopes alive and advanced to play the loser of University of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Bemidji State 2, Minnesota Duluth 0

The second game of the day would be dominated by each team’s pitcher and after four innings the score remained knotted at 0. In the fifth inning, the Beavers would get a break and after a defensive error with the bases loaded by the Bulldogs, Kesley McAllister and Makayla Pagel each scored to put the Beavers ahead 2-0.

One run is all starting pitcher Jessica Yost would need however, as she went on to shutout the Bulldogs over the next three innings to earn her seventh shutout of the season and propel the Beavers into the third day of the NSIC Softball Tournament. Yost allowed just two hits in the game and struck out eight to improve to 24-7 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).