Burlingame becomes single-season hits leader in losses at Concordia-St. Paul

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Bemidji State100130551
Concordia-St. Paul42006113161
Win: Kaestner (5-4) 6.055422
Loss: Dullum (9-12) 1.186600
Pagel (BSU) 311201
Phillips (BSU) 311101
McAllister (BSU) 301000
Dullum (BSU) 301000
Tucker (BSU) 211101
Schattner (CSP) 424200
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Bemidji State20012320000010132
Concordia-St. Paul10330300000111172
Win: Kaestner (6-4) 7.083303
Loss: McClafferty (4-3) 8.1148837
Christiansen (BSU) 624201
Hart (CSP) 644211
Schattner (CSP) 624300
Burlingame becomes single-season hits leader in losses at Concordia-St. Paul
Friday, April 19, 2019
Burlingame becomes single-season hits leader in losses at Concordia-St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senior Jessica Burlingame recorded her 63rd hit of the season, a two-run home run, to break her own single season record at BSU as the Bemidji State University softball team fell in both games of its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at Concordia University-St. Paul. The Beavers (22-24, 5-17 NSIC) fell to the Golden Bears (24-18, 11-11 NSIC) in game one 13-5 in six innings and then fell 11-10 by way of a walk-off hit in the 12th inning in game two.

Bemidji State 5, Concordia-St. Paul 13 (F/6)
Concordia-St. Paul didn’t waste time to jump ahead of the Beavers and after BSU scored a run off of a Golden Bears error in the fourth, CSP scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning and added two more in the second to take the early 6-1 lead.

Bemidji State scored a run in the fourth off of a solo home run from senior Brooke Phillips, her first of the season. In the next inning, the Beavers’ bats came alive and blasted two home runs in the inning including a solo shot from junior Olivia Tucker and a two-run blast from senior Makayla Pagel that brought the Beavers within one at 6-4. However, the Golden Bears responded with six runs in the bottom of the fifth to distance themselves once again and with a run in the sixth, they earned the 13-5 victory in six innings.

Pagel led the Beavers with her lone hit of the game and batted 1-for-3 with the two-run home run while Kelsey McAllister and Sami Dullum were the other Beavers to record a hit in the game.

Sophomore Stephi Dullum earned the loss in the game after pitching 1.1 innings and gave up six runs off of eight hits while senior Rochelle Koshalek came in to pitch 4.1 innings in relief and allowed seven runs off of eight hits.

Bemidji State 10, Concordia-St. Paul 11 (F/12)
The Beavers battled tough in game two and went back-and-forth with the Golden Bears. Bemidji State started the scoring with a two-run home run in the top of the first but the Golden Bears responded with a run in the bottom half of the first to bring the score to 2-1. CSP would strike next in the third with three runs to go up 4-2 but the Beavers added a run in the fourth off of a solo home run by Brooke Phillips, her second of the day. However, Concordia-St. Paul put up three runs in the bottom of the fourth to widen the gap to 7-3.

The Beavers weren’t fazed and Burlingame hit a two-run home run in the fifth to record her 63rd hit of the season to break her own record at Bemidji State. The Beavers continued to score in the sixth and took an 8-7 lead over the Golden Bears after RBI’s from Kelsey McAllister, Sami Trana and Olivia Tucker regained the lead for the Beavers. However, CSP would answer once again by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Pagel would jump into action in the top of the seventh and blasted a two-run home run to tie the game at 10.

After five scoreless extra innings the game would be decided by a walk-off RBI single by the Golden Bears in the bottom of the 12th.

Elaina Christiansen led the Beavers at the plate with a career-high four hits with a home run and two RBI while Burlingame and Pagel each added two RBI of their own. Freshman Kaidron McClafferty was excellent in the circle and pitched 8.1 innings but earned the loss after allowing eight runs off of 14 hits and falls to 4-3 on the season.

The Beavers look to rebound tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Mankato, Minn., to face Minnesota State University, Mankato 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).