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Bemidji State falls twice to Northern State

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The Bemidji State University softball team fell in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games against Northern State University Wednesday at the Moccasin Creek Softball Complex in Aberdeen, S.D.

The Beavers lost 9-1 in five innings in game one and fell 5-0 in game two to the Wolves. BSU falls to 9-26 (2-14 NSIC). Northern State improves to 18-20 (9-7 NSIC).

The Wolves got to senior pitcher Courtney Anderson early in game one. Northern State plated two runs in the first inning and added four more runs in the second and one more in the fourth.

BSU attempted to rally in the fifth and was able to get one run. After reaching on a throwing error by Northern State pitcher Kami Smesmo, Courtney Loegering scored on a Smesmo wild pitch.

Northern State added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-1 and end the game on the eight-run rule after five innings.

Anderson got the loss for the Beavers after giving up five earned runs on five hits. Smesmo got the win for the Wolves on a three-hitter, while giving up one run.

Hannah Benzie, Loegering and Megan Bergeson each had a hit for the Beavers.

In game two, Kelsey Saralampi got the start on the mound.

The Beavers started strong as Megan Beard singled and Nicole Dupay reached on an error, but both runners were stranded.

Northern State led off the bottom of the first with two runs off Saralampi.

Both sides were taken down in order over the next five half innings until NSU exploded for three more runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Saralampi got the loss for the Beavers, giving up two earned runs off seven hits. Kelli Bornander got the win for the Wolves in a two-hit shutout.

Beard and Kelly Richards each got hits for BSU in game two.

BSU will play its final home games Friday and Saturday as the Beavers face Concordia University of St. Paul Friday at noon and 2 p.m. and St. Cloud State University at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday.