BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team kick starts its 2018 season this weekend by traveling to St. Cloud State University for a non-conference doubleheader with the Huskies. The Beavers (0-0, 0-0 NSIC) and Huskies (3-1, 0-0 NSIC) play a doubleheader with first pitch at noon at the Husky Dome in St. Cloud Saturday, Feb. 17.
Beavers picked to finish 13th in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
The BSU softball team was voted to finish 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Coaches’ Poll Jan. 24 after garnering 84 points in the poll. The Beavers finished sixth in the 2017 regular season standings and are coming off a program-best third place finish in the NSIC Softball Tournament. Junior outfielder Jessica Burlingame and freshman pitcher Stephi Dullum were tabbed as the Beavers’ Preseason Players to Watch.
Scouting the Huskies
St. Cloud State started its season Feb. 2-3 and are 3-1 through its first four games. The Huskies swept a doubleheader with Black Hills State University to open the season and then split a doubleheader with University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Freshman Kylie Thomsen posted two wins in the circle while freshman Brooke Bowlin leads the team with a .625 batting average in eight at bats.
The Huskies were picked to finish sixth in the NSIC Preseason Poll after returning eight letterwinners and five starting position players.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Beavers return 13 letterwinners and six starters from a 2017 season that saw BSU finish with a 28-19 record and sixth in the NSIC regular season standings.
- Bemidji State finished a program-best third in the NSIC Softball Tournament in 2017.
- The Beavers went 1-1 against the Huskies in 2017.
- Bemidji State returns All-NSIC Second Team selection Jessica Burlingame who led the team in at bats (158), hits (54), runs (29) and triples (3).
- The Beavers also return infielder Brooke Phillips, who was an NSIC All-Tournament Team selection, Makayla Pagel, Alexandra Ripka, Kelsey McAllister and Lexi Derrick who all started 40+ games for BSU.
- Returning in the circle for BSU is Rochelle Koshalek who posted a 2-5 record and Kelsey McAllister who went 1-6 last season.
- Bemidji State welcomes five newcomers to the squad in 2018 including three freshmen and two transfers.
- Freshman Stephi Dullum looks to make an immediate impact after being selected North Dakota’s Gatorade Softball Player of the Year and a NSIC Preseason Player to Watch.
- Head coach Rick Supinksi enters his seventh season at the helm of the BSU Softball team. He has compiled a 97-144 career record and is 61-38 in the past two seasons.
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).