Home runs doom Beavers in road series at Minnesota Duluth

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Win: Pederson (13-5) 7.133352
Loss: Koshalek (3-6) 1.023311
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Win: Swint (12-9) 7.082234
Loss: Dullum (9-11) 6.064426
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Home runs doom Beavers in road series at Minnesota Duluth
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Home runs doom Beavers in road series at Minnesota Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota Duluth used six home runs to sweep the Bemidji State University softball team in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action Tuesday afternoon in Duluth, Minn. The Beavers (22-22, 5-15 NSIC) rallied in game one to take a 4-2 lead but fell by way of a walk-off home run in the eighth inning to the Bulldogs (23-15, 14-5 NSIC) who also bet BSU 4-2 in game two to earn the sweep.

Bemidji State 4, Minnesota Duluth 7
After trailing 2-1 after six innings, the Beavers used a three-run home run from senior Jessica Burlingame to take a 4-2 lead over the Bulldogs heading into the bottom of the seventh. However, Minnesota Duluth hit a two-run home run in the inning to tie the game and eventually earned a walk-off victory in the bottom of the eighth after Taylor Koehnen hit a three-run home run to earn the 7-4 win for the Bulldogs.

Bemidji State started the game with a run off of a Bulldog error in the first inning but UMD answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning. The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead off of a solo home run in the fourth that set up the Beavers’ dramatic comeback in the seventh.

Minnesota Duluth scored all seven of its runs off of home runs.

The Beavers totaled four runs off of just four hits in the game and were led by Burlingame who was 1-for-4 at the plate with her three-run drive. Burlingame came around to score her 39th run of the season with the hit and set the program’s record for most runs scored in a single season.

Freshman Kaidron McClafferty earned the no decision after pitching 6.1 innings and allowed just six hits and four runs, three earned, while striking out seven. Senior Rochelle Koshalek falls to 3-6 on the season after pitching one inning and allowed the walk-off home run after giving up just one hit before.

Bemidji State 2, Minnesota Duluth 4
Bemidji State took a 1-0 lead over Minnesota Duluth in the first inning when Brooke Phillips hit her conference-leading 19th double of the season that scored Elaina Christiansen. BSU then took a 2-0 lead in the third after a double from Makayla Pagel brought in Burlingame.

However, the Bulldogs blasted two home runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead over the Beavers. Minnesota Duluth extended its lead to 4-2 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth but the Beavers couldn’t muster another run in the game and fell 4-2.

Stephi Dullum pitched six innings in the circle for the Beavers and falls to 9-11 on the season after allowing four runs off of six hits while also earning six strikeouts.

Phillips led the Beaves at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI while Kelsey McAllister also went 2-for-3 at the plate.

The Beavers continue play on the road and travel to Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato to face the Golden Bears and Mavericks April 19th and 20th.

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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).