BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team was voted to finish 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll as announced by the NSIC Thursday. Sophomore Elaina Christiansen was named the Beavers’ player to watch while junior Stephi Dullum was selected as the Beavers’ pitcher to watch.
Defending NCAA DII national champions Augustana University were selected to finish first in the poll with 13 out of a possible 16 first-place votes. Winona State University garnered three first-place votes and were picked to finish second.
2020 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
|2.||Winona State (3)||213|
|St. Cloud State||180|
Elaina Christiansen was selected as the Beavers’ player to watch after starting 50 games during her freshman season and finished fourth on the team with a .313 batting average to go along with a .466 slugging percentage and .367 on-base percentage. Christiansen finished fifth on the team with 51 hits and recorded five home runs, six doubles and two triples. She drove in 27 RBI, scored 39 runs which was tied for 16th in the NSIC and finished second on the team with 11 stolen bases.
Stephi Dullum was tabbed as the Beavers’ pitcher to watch after leading the team last season with 33 appearances and 21 starts. She posted an 11-15 record in the circle to tie for 13th in the conference in wins and was 14th in the NSIC with a 2.97 earned run average. Dullum totaled nine complete games with three shutouts through 146.1 innings and was 15th in the NSIC with 81 strikeouts.
Winona State’s Ali Nowak was selected as the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year while Augustana’s Ashley Mickschl was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
Bemidji State begins the 2020 season Feb. 8-9 when it travels to Minot, N.D., to compete at the Minot State Invite.
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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).