|April 26, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Dullum (10-14)||7.0||6||0||0||1||2|
|Loss: Moser (3-12)||5.1||9||7||6||6||1|
|April 26, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Moser (4-12)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1|
|Loss: Dullum (10-15)||4.1||6||3||2||1||2|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team snapped its 14-game losing skid by splitting its home series with Wayne State College (Neb.) Friday afternoon in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Beavers (23-29, 6-22 NSIC) began the doubleheader with a 7-0 win over the Wildcats (13-32, 4-24 NSIC) in game one but fell short of a comeback in game two and lost 5-4 in nine innings.
Wayne State 0, Bemidji State 7
The first game of the day was dominated by the Beavers after sophomore Stephi Dullum held the Wildcats to just six hits in the game and didn’t allow a run for the BSU’s first victory since April 6. Bemidji State started the game with two runs in the first inning for the early 2-0 lead and then extended that lead to 5-0 with three runs in the second. The Beavers continued to score in the third and added two more runs, their final markers in the game, to make the score 7-0.
Dullum would get the run support she needed as she held the Wildcats to just six hits and earned two strikeouts for the complete game shutout, her second of the season. Bemidji State’s offense totaled 10 hits in the game including two from Elaina Christiansen, Kelsey McAllister and Rochelle Koshalek while Makayla Pagel and McAllister led the team with two RBI.
Dullum improved to 10-14 with the win for her first win since April 5.
Wayne State 5, Bemidji State 4 (F/9)
Game two of the day was much more back-and-forth between the two teams and took nine innings to decide a victory. Both teams were held scoreless through the first four innings but Wayne State broke through in the top of the fifth to take a 2-0 lead.
Bemidji State would be unable to score in the fifth and sixth and facing a 2-0 defeat, junior Olivia Tucker hit a two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at two. However, Wayne State responded with two runs in the eighth to take the 4-2 lead but the Beaves rallied for a second time after scoring off a Wildcat error to make it 4-3 and junior Lexi Derrick hit an RBI single to tie the score.
Wayne State would score once again in the ninth but totaled just one in the inning but its defense would hold strong during the inning to keep the Beavers off the scoreboard even after freshman Elaina Christiansen hit a lead-off triple.
The Beavers totaled 12 hits in the game including three from senior Rochelle Koshalek who also scored two runs while Christiansen, Brooke Phillips, and Lexi Derrick each recorded two hits.
Dullum earned the loss in the circle after coming in to pitch 4.1 innings in relief after Kaidron McClafferty started the game and pitched 4.2 innings.
The Beavers wrap-up the 2019 season by hosting No. 14 Augustana University for a doubleheader at Noon and 2 p.m. The Beavers will honor their five seniors after game one of the doubleheader in part of senior day.
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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).