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|Win: Dullum (5-1)||7.0||7||4||3||0||6|
|Loss: Humhej (2-6)||6.0||10||8||3||4||10|
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|Win: Humhej (3-6)||2.0||0||0||0||0||4|
|Loss: McClafferty (0-3)||2.0||1||1||0||2||1|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team opened Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Monday afternoon by splitting its doubleheader against University of Minnesota, Crookston at the BSU Softball Field. In their first home games since April 27, 2019, the Beavers (5-11, 1-1 NSIC) opened the doubleheader with an 8-4 victory over the Golden Eagles (5-11, 1-1 NSIC) in game one but then fell 4-3 in eight innings in game two.
Down two runs through the first four and a half innings, the Beavers used a five-run fifth inning to earn their first conference victory of the season in game one against the Golden Eagles. Bemidji State was led by senior Lexi Derrick in the game after she batted 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and one double. Junior Kora Martin followed by going 2-for-3 with a run scored while senior Stephi Dullum went 1-for-4 and earned two RBI. Bemidji State totaled 10 hits in the game while Minnesota Crookston totaled seven. The Beavers committed three errors defensively while the Golden Eagles committed just one.
Dullum earned her team-leading fifth win of the season in the circle after she pitched all seven innings and allowed just four runs (three earned) off of seven hits and recorded six strikeouts. She now stands ninth in the NSIC with 46 strikeouts this season and tied for sixth with five wins.
Game two proved to be a pitching duel between the two teams after each team totaled two runs after the first two inning but then failed to score until the fifth and sixth innings. Minnesota Crookston broke the tie first in the top of the fifth inning but the Beavers responded in the bottom of the sixth when Stephi Dullum hit an RBI single to tie the game at three. The game would go into the eighth inning where UMC scored the go-ahead run off of a fielding error. Bemidji State couldn’t crack pitcher Katie Humhej in the bottom half of the inning and went down 1-2-3 to fall 4-3 and split its doubleheader.
Bemidji State totaled five hits compared to seven by Minnesota Crookston and were led by Sami and Stephi Dullum who each recorded one hit and one RBI.
Redshirt freshman Kyla Damerow started the game in the circle and pitch three innings and allowed just two runs (0 earned) off four hits and one strikeout while freshman Stella Dolan came in to pitch three innings in relief and allowed just two hits, one earned run and totaled a career-high seven strikeouts. Junior Kaidron McClafferty pitched the final two innings and allowed the game-winning run, one hit and earned one strikeout to fall to 0-3 this season.
Bemidji State resumes its home stand Friday-Saturday and will host Southwest Minnesota State University Friday at 1 and 3 p.m., followed by University of Sioux Falls at Noon and 2 p.m., Saturday.
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).