Beavers end losing streak after split with Concordia-St. Paul

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Win: Damerow (3-9) 5.074212
Loss: Kaestner (9-6) 4.066247
McIntyre (CSP) 402000
Mortenson (CSP) 422100
Mihalik (CSP) 202100
Martin (BSU) 323010
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Win: Knoche (6-3) 7.042146
Loss: Dullum (6-8) 6.094311
Beseman (CSP) 402200
Knoche (CSP) 402000
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Beavers end losing streak after split with Concordia-St. Paul
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Beavers end losing streak after split with Concordia-St. Paul

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team snapped its four-game losing streak Sunday afternoon by earning a doubleheader split against Concordia University-St. Paul in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

The Beavers (10-26, 6-16 NSIC) ended their losing streak in game one after rallying for a 6-4 victory but fell in game two to the Golden Bears (20-16, 14-8 NSIC), 4-2.

Bemidji State rallied back from a 2-0 deficit through one and a half innings to score six consecutive runs through the second, third and fourth innings en route to its 10th victory of the season. CSP started the game with two runs in the second but the Beavers answered with a run in the bottom of the second, two runs in third and three runs in the fourth. The Golden Bears attempted a comeback and scored two runs in the fifth but junior Kaidron McClafferty held CSP to just two hits in two innings in relief to earn the save.

The Beavers were led at the plate by sophomore Ashley Herold after she hit a bases clearing, three-RBI double in the fourth inning to go 1-for-3 in the game. Junior Kora Martin went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored while sophomore Emmarie Yeager drove in two runs off a double and went 2-for-3. Junior Lizzie Hansen drove in the other run for the Beavers with an RBI single in the second to record her first RBI of the season and batted 1-for-3.

Redshirt freshman Kyla Damerow earned the win in the circle for the Beavers after pitching five innings and allow four runs (two earned) off of seven hits and earned two strikeouts while only walking one. Damerow improved to 3-9 on the season while McClafferty earned her first save of the season after shutting the Golden Bears down in the final two innings.

Bemidji State could muster only four hits in game two and were out-hit 9-4 in the game to fall 4-2 and split the doubleheader.

CSP started the scoring with a run in the first inning but Bemidji State answered in the second when senior Sami Dullum hit a sacrifice fly that brought in senior Lexi Derrick. The Golden Bears then regained the lead with a run in the third and then took a 4-1 lead in the sixth after a two-run inning. 

Bemidji State’s best attempt at a comeback was in the sixth inning when it scored one run but left two runners in scoring position to end the inning. Dullum earned her second RBI of the game during the inning when she hit an RBI double. 

Dullum finished the game 1-for-1 at the plate with two RBI, a walk and a double to lead the Beavers while Yeager batted 2-for-3 with a double.

Senior Stephi Dullum earned the loss in the circle for BSU and falls to 6-8 on the season after allowing four runs (three earned) off of nine hits with one strikeout and one walk. CSP’s Aryka Knoche earned the win and improved to 6-3 after pitching all seven innings, striking out six and allowed two runs (one earned) off of four hits. 

Bemidji State will have its final road trip of the season next weekend and travels to Augustana University and Wayne State College for a pair of doubleheaders, May 1-2. 

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).