Beavers earn two wins in West St. Paul

March 21, 20181234567RHE
Finlandia2010060970
Bemidji State212130110143
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Dullum (4-5) 2.000004
Loss: Kassandra AVILA (7-6) 1.231100
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Denia BENT (FINNU) 422310
Phillips (BSU) 333110
Derrick (BSU) 423201
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Bemidji State21003107100
Concordia-M'head0000200251
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Dullum (5-5) 7.052217
Loss: Gavin (1-3) 7.0107535
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Ripka (BSU) 412100
McAllister (BSU) 412301
Burkland (BSU) 402100
Kinghorn (BSU) 312110
Irman (CC) 302100
Beavers earn two wins in West St. Paul
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Beavers earn two wins in West St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Freshman Stephi Dullum earned two wins in the circle for the Bemidji State University softball team while the Beavers (10-10) totaled 24 hits to go 2-0 on the first day at the Concordia-Moorhead College Games in West St. Paul, Minn. Bemidji State began the day by totaling 14 hits and defeating Finlandia University 10-9 followed by a 7-2 win over Concordia-Moorhead in game two.

Finlandia 9, Bemidji State 10
The Beavers would take game one of the tournament in walk off fashion after a six-run sixth inning by the Lions tied the game. Finlandia started the scoring in the game with two runs in the top of the first but Bemidji State responded to tie in the game in the bottom when senior Alexandra Ripka bombed a two-run homerun. Sophomore Lexi Derrick hit a solo homerun in the second but the Lions were able to tie the game once again in third with a run off of an error.

The Beavers once again took the lead in the bottom of the third when junior Brooke Phillips tripled to bring in a run followed by an RBI single from Makayla Pagel. BSU added to its lead with a sac-bunt from Rochelle Koshalek in the fourth and RBI doubles from Ripka, Derrick and junior Megan Castor in the fifth. However, The Lions would score six in the sixth to tie the game at nine. After holding Finlandia scoreless in the seventh, Kelsey McAllister hit a lead-off double and head coach Rick Supinski called in Lacy Hiltner to pinch run. Stephi Dullum advanced Hiltner to third with a sac-bunt and Castor drove in the game-winning run two batters later.

Brooke Phillips and Lexi Derrick finished with three hits each while Alexandra Ripka led the team with three RBI followed by Derrick and Castor with two. In total, seven Beavers recorded an RBI in the game while BSU totaled 14 hits, the second highest total of the season.

Freshman Stephi Dullum earned the win in the circle after coming on to pitch 2.0 innings in relief and didn’t allow a baserunner while picking up four strikeouts to improve to 4-5 this season.

Bemidji State 7, Concordia-Moorhead 2
The Beavers used an early 3-0 lead to down the Cobbers, 7-2, in the final game, Wednesday. Alexandra Ripka began the scoring with her fourth RBI of the day followed an RBI single from Kelsey McAllister in the top of the first. Jessica Burlingame added to the lead with an RBI double in the second to put BSU up 3-0.

After a scoreless third and fourth innings, the Beavers totaled three runs in the fifth highlighted by a two-run homerun by McAllister. The Cobbers responded with their only two runs in the bottom half of the inning while Rachel Burkland drove in a run off of a fielder’s choice to cap off the Beavers’ scoring in the sixth for the 7-2 victory.

Stephi Dullum held the Cobbers to just five hits and two runs to earn the complete game victory for her second of the day and fifth of the season. Dullum allow just one walk while striking out seven, two shy of a career-best, to improve to 5-5 this season.

The Beavers totaled 10 hits in the game including two from Ripka, McAllister, Burkland and Shania Kinghorn while McAllister totaled three RBI in the game to tie a career high.

Bemidji State continues play at the West St. Paul Dome by facing Bethany Lutheran College and Concordia-Moorhead again tomorrow at 10 a.m. and 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).

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