BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team begins its 38th season in program history Saturday, Feb. 8 when it travels to Minot, N.D., to participate in the Minot State Invite. The Beavers face Minot State University and University of Minnesota, Crookston Saturday in the Minot Air-Supported Dome before facing Black Hills State University Sunday, Feb. 9.
The Beavers return six letterwinners from a 2019 season that saw Bemidji State go 24-30 overall and finish 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings with a 7-23 league record.
Bemidji State returns sophomore Elaina Christiansen who was selected as the Beavers’ preseason player to watch after finishing fourth on the team with a .313 batting average last season and totaling 51 hits, six doubles, two triples, five home runs and 27 RBI.
The Beavers also return two seniors in Lexi Derrick and Olivia Tucker for their senior campaign’s. Derrick finished seventh on the team with a .269 batting average and also hit nine doubles, two home runs and totaled 18 RBI while Tucker finished ninth on the team with a .231 batting average with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and batted in 21 RBI.
Junior Stephi Dullum returns to the Beaver’s pitching staff as last season’s starting pitcher and led the Beavers with an 11-15 record and posted a 2.97 earned run average in 146.1 innings while earning 81 strikeouts.
A total of nine newcomers join the Beavers including five freshmen, two sophomores, and two junior-transfers. Morgan Sewell, Emmarie Yeager, Kyla Damerow, Grace Bragg and Ashley Herold begin the BSU careers as freshmen while Alison Schak and Elizabeth Hansen join the team as sophomores. Schak joins the Beavers after transferring from University of Minnesota Duluth after her freshman season. Lisa Kossan and Gabi Bingham join the Bemidji State softball team after transferring from Central Lakes Community College and Iowa Central Community College, respectively.
Interim head coach Brittany Gomez begins her first full season at the helm of the Bemidji State softball program after taking the reins of the program midway through the 2019 season. She is joined by first-year assistant Rachel Rhode and first-year volunteer assistant Rochelle Koshalek.
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).