Beaver Softball outlasts Golden Eagles in marathon to earn split

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Win: Silvain (2-7) 4.154211
Loss: Koshalek (3-4) 5.273311
Baylis (UMCSB) 524100
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Pagel (BSU) 412000
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Win: Burkland (1-0) 8.082201
Loss: Klaphake (0-10) 5.2103323
Strachan (UMCSB) 714000
Rodriguez (UMCSB) 614000
Phillips (BSU) 614110
Beaver Softball outlasts Golden Eagles in marathon to earn split
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Beaver Softball outlasts Golden Eagles in marathon to earn split

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team split its doubleheader with University of Minnesota, Crookston Thursday afternoon after defeating the Golden Eagles (6-30, 2-12 NSIC) 7-6 in 12 innings in game two. The Beavers (15-19, 4-8 NSIC) fell in game one 10-7 after surrendering 16 hits to the Golden Eagles.

Minnesota Crookston 10, Bemidji State 7
The Golden Eagles would use 16 hits and an early 8-2 lead to down the Beavers in game one of their doubleheader Thursday. UMC scored five runs in the first inning and followed with two in the second and one in the third while BSU countered with runs in the second and third.

The Beavers added two more in the fourth with RBI from Jessica Burlingame and Makayla Pagel but two runs by UMC in the top of the seventh pushed the lead to 10-4. Bemidji State answered back however, and scored three runs off of RBI from Kelsey McAllister, Brooke Phillips and Sami Trana but came up short in the comeback attempt.

The Beavers were outhit in the game 16-9 but had seven different student-athletes tally a hit in the game including two from Burlingame and Pagel.

Freshman Stephi Dullum started the game in the circle but was pulled after pitching 1.1 innings and allowed seven runs. Junior Rochelle Koshalek pitched in relief and pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just three runs but was credited with the loss to fall to 3-4 on the season.

Minnesota Crookston 6, Bemidji State 7
Game two would be a marathon between the two teams lasting three hours and five extra innings. Minnesota Crookston jumped to an early lead by scoring three runs in the top of the first but the Beavers answered when McAllister hit an RBI double the next inning to pull within two.

Both teams would be scoreless in the second and third but the Golden Eagles pushed the lead to 4-1 in the fourth. However, the Beavers would rally late and in the bottom of the sixth, tied the game after scoring off of an error and a two-RBI single by Burlingame.

Neither team would tally a run in the seventh inning to force extra innings. Minnesota Crookston scored first in the top of the ninth to go up 6-4 but the Beavers rallied once again to tie the game when Rachel Burkland hit a two-RBI double.

The 10th, 11th and 12th innings would be scoreless for the Golden Eagles but with a runner on third for BSU’s Brooke Phillips in the 12th, the junior would drive in the game-winning run with a shot down the left field line for 7-6 victory.

The Beavers totaled 17 hits in the 12-inning affair including a team-high four from Phillips who went 4-for-6 in the game. Pagel and McAllister each tallied three hits while Burlingame and Burkland led the team with two RBI.

Sophomore Olivia Tucker started the game in the circle and pitched four innings and allowed four runs while Burkland came in to pitch in the fifth inning and finished the game going eight innings and allowed just two runs off of eight hits to pick up her first win of the season.

The Beavers will rest up the next few days before traveling to Augustana University and Wayne State College for doubleheaders at each respective campus.

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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).