|March 30, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||R||H||E|
|Win: Hoshaw (4-5)||6.0||0||0||0||0||10|
|Loss: Dullum (8-4)||4.0||5||3||1||1||2|
|March 30, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Pehrson (5-2)||5.0||6||1||1||1||6|
|Loss: Mathews (5-6)||7.0||14||9||9||1||6|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Bemidji State University softball team’s longest winning streak of 10 games came to a halt Saturday afternoon after the Beavers (20-8, 3-1 NSIC) split its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road series at University of Sioux Falls. The Beavers were held of the scoreboard after a perfect game from Cougar pitcher Kerigan Hoshaw in game one of the day and the followed with a comeback performance to win 9-6 in game two.
Bemidji State 0, Sioux Falls 8 (F/6)
The Beavers would be on the wrong end of a perfect game as Hoshaw threw the program’s second perfect game in the Division II era. Hoshaw was dominant in the circle for her first career perfect game after pitching all six innings and struck out 10.
Her offense provided run support in the fourth and sixth innings by scoring three runs off of two Beavers’ errors in the fourth and completed the run-rule in the sixth inning in the sixth by scoring five runs, four unearned, for the 8-0 victory.
The Beavers’ defense totaled five errors in the game, a season-high. Sophomore Stephi Dullum pitched four innings and falls to 8-4 on the season after allowing three runs, two unearned, with two strikeouts. Freshman Kaidron McClafferty came in to pitch 1.2 innings in relief and allowed five hits and five runs, four unearned.
Bemidji State 9, Sioux Falls 6
The Beavers fell down early to the Cougars after USF tallied five runs in the second inning, but two runs in the fourth inning from seniors Brooke Phillips and Makayla Pagel brought the score to 5-2. The Beavers responded in the next winning with three more runs from Jessica Burlingame, Elaina Christiansen and Lexi Derrick after each hit RBI doubles to tie the game at five.
The Cougars responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to go up 6-5 but Sami Trana hit an RBI single in the sixth to tie the game again. Bemidji State held USF off the scoreboard in the sixth setting up the Beavers’ offense in the top of the seventh. Phillips hit her second double of the game that scored a run to take the 7-6 lead while Kelsey McAllister and Trana each hit RBI singles to put the Beavers up three.
Megan Pehrson and the Beavers’ defense held strong in the seventh and kept the Cougars off the scoreboard to earn the 9-6 victory and NSIC series split.
The Beavers totaled 14 hits in the game including three from Burlingame and two from Christiansen, Olivia Tucker, Trana and Derrick while Trana and Phillips led the team with two RBI each.
Pehrson earned the win in the circle after coming in to pitch five innings in relief of Rochelle Koshalek. Pehrson held the Cougars to just one run off of six hits and earned six strikeouts.
The Beavers continue play tomorrow after at Southwest Minnesota State University and will face the Mustangs at Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall, Minn., at Noon and 2 p.m.
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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).