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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team improved to 3-1 on the season after sweeping the final day of the Dragon/Beaver Battle in West St. Paul. The Beavers (3-1, 0-0 NSIC) began the day by earning a 6-4, walk-off victory over Minnesota State University, Moorhead in nine innings followed by a 6-0 shutout win over University of Minnesota Crookston.
The day was highlighted by senior Jessica Burlingame who went 5-for-8 on the day and collected her 168th career hit to become Bemidji State’s all-time career hits leader.
MSU-Moorhead 4, Bemidji State 6 (F/9)
It was a slow start to the game for the Beavers as the Dragons jumped to a 4-0 lead after the first two innings. Fortunately, the Beavers answered back in the third inning when senior Brooke Philips hit an RBI double to bring the score to 4-1. Phillips would hit another RBI double in the fifth to bring the score to 4-2.
The score would remain the same heading into the bottom of the seventh with BSU needing a rally to tie the game. Senior Rochelle Koshalek would double down the left field line and a throwing error by the Dragons would allow Megan Castor to score from first. Bemidji State tied the game in the next at bat when Burlingame doubled to bring in Koshalek to complete the comeback.
Neither team could score in the eighth inning but after Makayla Pagel walked to begin the ninth inning, senior Kesley McAllister crushed a ball to right center for the walk-off, two-run home run and 6-4 victory.
Phillips led the Beavers by going 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and two RBI while Stephi Dullum earned the win in the circle after keeping the Dragons scoreless in the eighth inning.
Bemidji State 6, Minnesota Crookston 0
Bemidji State’s offense totaled 10 hits and its defense held the Golden Eagles scoreless as the Beavers earned its second win of the day to conclude the four-game tournament.
BSU began its scoring in the second inning when Burlingame hit a RBI single while Phillips followed by driving in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the fourth. The Beavers then extended its lead to 5-0 and 6-0 in the sixth when Burlingame drove home Sami Dullum with a triple to right center and later stole home on a rundown play with runners on first and third. The hit was historic for Burlingame as it was the record-breaking 168th hit in her career.
Burling game finished with three hits in the game to lead the team at the plate while adding two RBI while Phillips followed by going 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Stephi Dullum earned the win in the circle, her second of the season/day, after pitching five innings of scoreless softball and allowed seven hits with three strikeouts. Senior Rochelle Koshalek came in relief to pitch two innings and allowed just one hit.
The Beavers don’t return to action until Feb. 28-Mar. 1 when the travel to St. Cloud, Minn., to play St. Cloud State University and Viterbo at the Husky Dome.
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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).