Beavers take program’s longest win streak into Sioux Falls and SMSU

Beavers take program’s longest win streak into Sioux Falls and SMSU
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Beavers take program’s longest win streak into Sioux Falls and SMSU

BEMIDJI, Minn. – With the longest win streak in program history, the Bemidji State University softball team heads into the first travel weekend of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play by traveling to University of Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, respectively. The Beavers (19-7, 2-0 NSIC) begin the weekend by facing Sioux Falls (10-13, 0-2 NSIC) in Sioux Falls, S.D. for a doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m., followed by the Mustangs (7-7, 2-0 NSIC) at Noon and 2 p.m., Sunday.

Scouting Sioux Falls
The Cougars host their home opener against the Beavers Saturday, March 31 and look to rebound after falling twice to Southwest Minnesota State Wednesday to open conference play. Sioux Falls has lost six games in a row and their last win came against Pittsburgh-Johnstown March 16. USF is 10-13 (0-2 NSIC) entering the weekend’s action and went 10-11 during non-conference play to begin the season.

Sioux Falls is led on offense by freshman Lexie Swift who is batting .431 with 28 hits in 65 at bats. She leads the team with 17 runs scored and has totaled five doubles, two triples, two home runs and eight RBI. The Cougars have five student-athletes batting over .300 to begin the season while senior Emily Hove is batting .299 and leads the team with six home runs and 19 RBI.

In the circle, the Cougars are led by junior Courtney Mathews who has compiled a 5-5 record in 14 appearances and has a 2.53 earned run average in 63.2 innings. She paces the team with 42 strikeouts and has given up just 11 walks this season. Senior Kerrigan Hoshaw follows with a 4.25 ERA in 52.2 innings and has a 3-5 mark on the season.

Scouting SMSU
The Mustangs roll into the weekend’s action having played just 14 games on the season and sport a 7-7 record. SMSU opened league play by sweeping Sioux Falls Wednesday by scores of 3-1 and 4-3. The Mustangs went 5-7 during non-conference action that included a 3-1 win over the Beavers earlier this season on Feb. 12 at the West St. Paul Dome.

Junior Emma Grote leads the team with a .439 batting average with a team-high 18 hits off of one double, one triple and one home run. Grote also has five stolen bases and leads the team with 13 runs scored. Sophomore Bailey Johnson is batting .395 for second on the team and is the team’s RBI leader with eight off of four doubles, one triple and one home run.

In the circle, SMSU is led by Athena Golling who is 4-3 in eight appearances and has posted a 1.25 ERA in 44.2 innings. Golling held the Beavers to just one run and four hits earlier this season on Feb. 12. She is followed by Megan Cull who is 3-2 with a 4.83 ERA in 29 innings.

Scouting the Beavers
The Beavers hit the road looking to extend the program’s longest win streak after winning 10 consecutive games since March 14. Bemidji State opened NSIC play with a sweep over University of Minnesota Crookston by scores of 11-4 and 4-3 at Chet Anderson Stadium, Wednesday.

Bemidji State is led by the program’s career hits leader in Jessica Burlingame who is batting .416, the eighth best batting average in the conference, and leads the NSIC with 37 hits. Burlingame has totaled four doubles, four triples, two home runs and 18 RBI this season and her four triples are tied for a league-high. She is followed by freshman Elaina Christiansen who is batting .378 on the season and leads the team with a .529 batting average during the team’s 10-game win streak. She has recorded 18 hits during the streak, has paced the team with 13 RBI and three home runs and is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. Senior Brooke Phillips is third on the team with a .351 batting average and leads the NSIC with 10 doubles and leads the Beaver infield with a .983 field percentage.

Sophomore Stephi Dullum leads the Beavers in the circle and is second in the NSIC with a 1.08 ERA in 71.1 innings. She has compiled an 8-3 record and is seventh in the league with 49 strikeouts this season. She is followed by senior Rochelle Koshalek who has a 2.65 ERA in 37.0 and sports a 3-2 record.

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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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