Beavers split home doubleheader with Wolves

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Beavers split home doubleheader with Wolves
Friday, April 5, 2019
Beavers split home doubleheader with Wolves

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team split its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader with Northern State University Friday afternoon at Chet Anderson Stadium to end a four-game losing streak. The Beavers (21-13, 4-6 NSIC) earned a 9-5 victory over the Wolves (11-21, 3-7 NSIC) in game one to end the skid but fell in game two 3-2.

Northern State 5, Bemidji State 9
Bemidji State totaled nine runs on just seven hits to earn a 9-5 victory over Northern State in the first game of the day. The Beavers used a combination of timely hits and 10 walks in the game to earn the win. After the Wolves scored a run in the first inning, the Beavers answered right back with five runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Northern State brought the score to 5-3 in the fourth but Bemidji State responded once again and produced four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the 9-3 lead. The Wolves scored runs in the fifth and sixth but the Beavers’ defense didn’t allow any more runs to close out the 9-5 win.

Senior Makayla Pagel led the Beavers by going 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple and four RBI while junior Lexi Derrick followed by going 1-for-3 with two RBI. Sophomore Stephi Dullum earned her ninth win of the season after pitching four innings and allowed just three runs off of nine hits and improves to 9-6 on the season. Senior Rochelle Koshalek came in relief to pitch three innings and allowed just two runs, one earned, off of three hits.

Northern State 3, Bemidji State 2
Bemidji State struggle to string hits together in the second game of the day and fell to Northern State 3-2 after being out-hit in the game 13-6. Northern State took a quick 1-0 lead over BSU after a lead-off home run by Rachel Reinke. The Beavers responded in the third inning to take the lead at 2-1 when senior Jessica Burlingame hit a two-run home run, her third of the season.

However, the Wolves answered back in the fourth with an RBI double from Kaitlin King to tie the game 2-2. Neither team could score in the fifth inning but with runners on firth and third in the sixth, Northern State’s Shayla Steinley stole second and an error by the Beavers allowed the go-ahead run to score.

Bemidji State had no answer for Wolves pitcher Makenzie Merritt who pitched all seven innings and allowed just six hits and two runs.

Burlingame led the Beavers at the plate by going 1-for-4 with two RBI and a home run while six different Beavers totaled a hit in the game. Junior Megan Pehrson started the game in the circle and pitched four innings and allowed just two runs off of seven hits while freshman Kaidron McClafferty came in to pitch three innings and allowed the game-winning run to fall to 3-1 on the season.

Bemidji State continues play at Chet Anderson Stadium tomorrow afternoon when the Beavers host Minnesota State University, Moorhead for a doubleheader at 1 and 3 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).