Pagel powers Beavers to split in final non-conference action

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Win: Dullum (6-5) 3.010003
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Pagel powers Beavers to split in final non-conference action
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Pagel powers Beavers to split in final non-conference action

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Junior outfielder Makayla Pagel recorded the most RBI in a single game since 2003 to lead the Beavers to a split on the final day at the Concordia-Moorhead Games in West St. Paul, Minn. The Beavers (11-11) fell to Bethany Lutheran College off of a walk-off homerun in the game one of the day but responded with a 7-2 victory over Concordia-Moorhead College.

Pagel batted 4-for-4 at the plate against the Cobbers including two home runs and accounted for six of BSU’s seven runs to power the Beavers to victory.

Bemidji State 1, Bethany Lutheran 3
The Beavers would be on the wrong end of a walk-off homerun in the first game Thursday, falling to the Vikings 3-1.

Bemidji State scored the first run of the game in the third inning when Lacy Hiltner scored off of a Viking error. Bethany Lutheran tied the game in the fourth with a sacrifice bunt. Beaver pitcher Rochelle Koshalek and Vikings’ pitcher Eden Ambrose each threw gems, holding their opponents to just seven and four hits, respectively. Ambrose would come out on top after holding the Beavers scoreless in the top of the seventh while the Vikings hit a two-run homerun in the bottom half of the inning to walk-off with the win.

Koshalek finished the game pitching 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out a career high seven batters. Her counterpart gave up just four hits to the Beavers and one run, unearned.

Hiltner lead the Beavers at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a run scored while Makayla Pagel and Kelsey McAllister were the only other Beavers to tally a hit.

Concordia-Moorhead 2, Bemidji State 2
The Bemidji State softball team used five runs in the first two innings to bounce back and earn their first win of the day against Concordia-Moorhead.

Makayla Pagel began the scoring with a three-run home run in the first inning followed by a sacrifice fly from Brooke Phillips and RBI single from Pagel in the second. Freshman pitcher Stephi Dullum held the Cobbers scoreless through the first two innings and was replaced by sophomore Megan Pehrson in the fourth.

The Cobbers scored their lone two runs in the fourth but Bemidji State responded with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning when Pagel bombed her second homerun of the game, a two-run shot to left center.

Pehrson responded after fourth by shutting out the Cobbers in the final three innings to secure 7-2 victory.

Pagel finished with six RBI in the game after going 4-for-4 at the plate for the most RBI in a single game since Jess Radermacher totaled six RBI in 2003. Pagel totaled two homeruns and two singles and came in to score two runs. Junior Jessica Burlingame was the only other Beaver to record multiple hits in the game and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

Dullum improves to 6-5 in the circle to lead the team after pitching three innings of scoreless softball and earned three strikeouts. Pehrson pitched 4.0 innings, allowing four hits and two runs in relief.

The Beavers are scheduled to begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play next Tuesday with their first home series of the season against University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers and Golden Eagles are scheduled to play a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m., March 27.

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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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