Bemidji State Softball hosts Minnesota Crookston in NSIC opener

Bemidji State Softball hosts Minnesota Crookston in NSIC opener
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Bemidji State Softball hosts Minnesota Crookston in NSIC opener

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team begins Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference at Chet Anderson Stadium Wednesday, March 27 after poor field conditions at University of Minnesota, Crookston forced the Beavers (17-7) and Golden Eagles (11-13) to relocate their doubleheader to Bemidji. The Beavers and Golden Eagles open league play with a doubleheader scheduled for Noon and 2 p.m., Wednesday afternoon.

Scouting the Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles will look to build upon their 11-13 mark during the spring season, a record that is their best in non-conference play during the Division II history of the program. Minnesota Crookston is one win shy of tying a program record for wins in a season with 12 set during the 2017 season. The Golden Eagles last played at the Spring Games in Clermont, Fla., where they went 5-3 from March 17-21.

Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston played two non-conference games at the West St. Paul Dome earlier this season on Feb. 12 and 13 where the Beavers earned two wins over the Golden Eagles by scores of 5-3 and 6-0.

Leading the Golden Eagles at the plate this season is sophomore Jordan Peterson who is batting .389 with seven RBI and six runs scored while junior Malia Pula follows with a .338 batting average with five doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and 14 runs scored.

In the circle, sophomore Taylor Graven leads the team with a 5-2 mark on the season and has posted a 2.71 ERA in 69.2 innings with 37 strikeouts and 21 walks. Junior Paige Pitlick follows with a 4-8 record and 3.41 ERA in 63.2 innings with 52 strikeouts and just 19 walks.

Scouting the Beavers
Bemidji State begins conference play after posting the fourth best non-conference record among members of the NSIC. The Beavers posted a 17-7 record (.708) during the non-conference season and boast an active eight-game winning streak entering league play, longest among NSIC members.

Senior Jessica Burlingame leads the Beavers’ offense and is 10th in the NSIC with a .413 batting average on 33 hits in 80 at bats to go along with two doubles, three triples, two home runs and 18 RBI. Her 33 hits this season is second-most in the NSIC while she has come in to score 25 runs to tie for second is league as well. Burlingame also ranks in the top 10 in the league in slugging percentage (.625, 8th), on-base percentage (.478, 7th), RBI (18, t-8th), triples (4, t-1st), total bases (50, t-3rd) and stolen bases (11, t-5th). She is followed by fellow senior Brooke Phillips who is batting .371 off of 26 hits in 70 at bats and leads the league with nine doubles this season.

In total, the Beavers have seven different players batting over .300 on the season including freshman utility player Elaina Christiansen who is third on the team with a .348 batting average and has drove in 12 RBI off of three doubles, one triple and one home run.

In the circle, the Beavers are led by sophomore Stephi Dullum who has posted a 7-3 record this season and is second in the league with a 1.09 ERA in 64.1 innings, eighth in strikeouts with 45 and has allowed just eight walks to tie for the sixth-least in the NSIC. She is followed by junior Megan Pehrson and freshman Kaidron McClafferty who have records of 4-2 and 3-0, respectively. McClafferty has posted a 3.50 ERA in 24 innings with Pehrson follows with a 3.95 ERA in 33.2 innings and leads the team with 48 strikeouts.

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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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