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Bemidji State softball splits with St. Cloud State, grab first NSIC win

The Bemidji State University softball team split Thursday's doubleheader against St. Cloud State at BSU Softball Field.

The Beavers lost the first game 5-2 in 11 innings before rebounding to win the second game 2-0. The win marked BSU's first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win of the season.

The opener was a defensive battle as both teams had trouble getting on base. The Beavers fell behind 2-0 and forced extra inning when Chelsea Cardinal and Kayla Babinski scored in the seventh inning. Babinski and Epema had RBIs in the inning.

St. Cloud State scored three runs in the top of the 11th and BSU was unable to answer.

Courtney Anderson (1-6) pitched all 11 innings for BSU throwing seven strikeouts, including two in the extra innings. Anderson only gave up four earned runs on 10 hits in the lengthy game.

In the second game, Bemidji State jumped on the board early behind a run by Jamie Ford in the first inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Beavers knocked in their second run of the game when Erin Emmanuel scored on Stephanie Rossman's single.

The decisive factor in the second game was the pitching by left hander Kelsey Saralampi (2-6), who retired the last 11 St. Cloud State batters to help the Beavers win their first conference game of the season.

She struck out six in the game and gave up a mere three hits.

BSU goes on the road for the next two weeks. Up next is a doubleheader April 7 against U-Mary in Bismarck.