Beavers earn first NSIC sweep against Mustangs

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Southwest Minnesota20000024110
Bemidji State043001X8120
Win: Pehrson (4-5) 6.1114417
Loss: Cull (4-9) 5.1118815
Grote (SMSU) 412000
Johnson (SMSU) 422000
Tomlinson (SMSU) 302310
Krog (SMSU) 302000
Ripka (BSU) 423300
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Southwest Minnesota01213108131
Bemidji State450001X10152
Win: Dullum (8-11) 4.2117723
Loss: Golling (4-9) 2.0119912
DeSmet (SMSU) 404200
Ripka (BSU) 423300
Tucker (BSU) 423100
Beavers earn first NSIC sweep against Mustangs
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Beavers earn first NSIC sweep against Mustangs

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team earned its first sweep of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponent Saturday afternoon after defeating Southwest Minnesota State University 8-4 and 10-8.

The Beavers (17-25, 6-14 NSIC) totaled 27 hits over the two games and snapped a six-game losing streak.

SMSU 4, Bemidji State 8
The Mustangs found the scoring first in game one with two runs in the first inning but the Beavers answered back in the second when junior Jessica Burlingame hit a grand slam to put the Beavers up 4-2. The Beavers never looked back and added three runs in the third after an RBI double from senior Alexandra Ripka and RBI single from senior Logan McDonnel for the 7-2 lead.

Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth and fifth frames while BSU added a run in the sixth after Ripka doubled to bring in her third run of the day. The Mustangs would answer in the top of the seventh and scored two runs to bring the score to 8-4 but a pitching change to junior Rochelle Koshalek and she sent down the final two batters to seal the game one victory.

Burlingame led the Beavers with four RBI while Ripka followed with three and went 3-for-4 at the plate and came in to score twice. A total of eight Beavers recorded a hit in the game and were led by Ripka with three and McDonnel and Makayla Pagel each with two.

Sophomore Megan Pehrson earned the win in the circle after pitching 6.1 innings and allowed just the four runs while also striking out seven.

SMSU 8, Bemidji State 10
The Beavers would use an early 9-1 lead through the first two innings to down the Mustangs in game two. BSU started with a four-run first inning after Ripka, Olivia Tucker, Lexi Derrick and Sami Dullum each drove in a run.

SMSU responded with a solo homerun in the second but BSU answered with five runs in the bottom half of the frame. Ripka and Rachel Burkland each drove in two runs in the inning while Brooke Phillips hit an RBI single to put the Beavers up eight.

The Mustangs wouldn’t quit and made things interesting after scoring twice in the third, once in the fourth and three times in the fifth to bring the score to 9-7. After another SMSU run in the sixth the Beavers got back onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth off of an error to regain a two-run, 10-8 lead.

Rochelle Koshalek came in to pitch the final 2.1 innings and sent down three-out-of-four batters in the top of the seventh to seal the 10-8 victory and pick up her first save of the season.

The Beavers totaled 15 hits in the game including three from Ripka and Tucker while Ripka led the Beavers with another three RBI effort.

Freshman Stephi Dullum earned the win in the circle after pitching 4.2 innings and allowing seven earned runs while also striking out three.

The Beavers are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host University of Sioux Falls for senior day beginning at 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).