Beavers rally late to earn split over Minot State

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Win: Koshalek (3-3) 2.020030
Loss: Patrick (11-7) 2.221121
Cowden (MINOT) 403000
Burlingame (BSU) 312200
Pagel (BSU) 412100
Tucker (BSU) 212110
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Win: Mendez (10-9) 7.093215
Loss: Dullum (7-9) 8.0108836
Cabral (MINOT) 423200
Burlingame (BSU) 523301
Pagel (BSU) 513201
Beavers rally late to earn split over Minot State
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Beavers rally late to earn split over Minot State

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team used a walk-off hit in game one to win 5-4 against Minot State University but fell to the visiting Beavers (21-16, 8-8 NSIC) in game two, 8-7, in eight innings. The Beavers (14-18, 3-7 NSIC) snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and improve to 3-7 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

Minot State 4, Bemidji State 5
Junior Makayla Pagel drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to power the Beavers to a 5-4 win in game one. The Beavers were outscored 3-0 through the game’s first three innings but a four-run fourth inning put BSU ahead 4-3.

Minot State tied the game in the top of the fifth and after junior Rochelle Koshalek came in to pitch in the sixth, MiSU was held scoreless throughout the remainder of the game. Junior Jessica Burlingame started the bottom of the seventh with a single and advanced to second off of a stolen base to put her in scoring position. Junior Brooke Phillips walked the next at bat setting up Pagel for the game-winning at bat. Pagel singled to centerfield and Burlingame came in to score for the 5-4 victory.

Koshalek earned the win in the circle for the Beavers after holding Minot State scoreless in the final two innings and allowed just two hits to improve to 3-3 on the season. Sophomore Megan Pehrson started the game and pitched five innings and allowed four runs off of eight hits while picking up two strikeouts. The Beavers totaled eight hits in the game including two from Burlingame, Pagel and sophomore Olivia Tucker while Burlingame led the team with two RBI. 

Minot State 8, Bemidji State 7 (F/8)
Bemidji State would rally to force extra innings against MiSU in game two after the visitors dominated most of the second game. After the teams were locked at three through the first three innings, Minot State scored a total of four-runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 7-3 lead late.

BSU responded, however, and scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. The inning was highlighted by a three-run homerun by Burlingame for her second homerun of the season. Bemidji State would look to break the tie in the bottom of the seventh but came up empty after putting runners on first and second.

Minot State scored the go-ahead run in the eighth after an RBI double while the Beavers grounded out for all three outs to end the game, 8-7.

Bemidji State out-hit the Beavers 14-10 in the game and saw eight different Beavers total a hit in the game including three from Burlingame and Pagel. Burlingame ended the game with three RBI to lead the team while Pagel added two.

Freshman Stephi Dullum pitched all eight innings for BSU and earned her ninth loss of the season to fall to 7-9 after allowing eight runs on 10 hits and tallied six strikeouts.

Bemidji State will continue play at home at Chet Anderson Stadium by hosting University of Minnesota, Crookston for a doubleheader scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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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).