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SOFTBALL: Bemidji State goes 1-3 in first four NSIC games

SAVAGE – The Bemidji State softball team opened its 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference slate Thursday with a doubleheader split against Minnesota Crookston but couldn’t keep its momentum going Friday against Concordia-St. Paul.

The Beavers, playing indoors on both days, lost 9-1 in six innings in game one Friday against UMC before rallying for a 10-4 win at the Irish Sports Dome in Rosemount, Minn.

In game one, Kelsey Saralampi suffered her sixth loss of the season by allowing three runs in the first inning.

Crystal Bowen drove in Nicole Dupay for the lone BSU run.

In game two, junior hurler Allie Duellman cruised to a complete game win to improve to 2-3 on the year. In seven innings, Duellman allowed just one earned run while racking up five strikeouts.

Offensivley for BSU in Thursday night’s second game, Dupay finished the day 5-for-7 with three RBI and three runs scored and now leads the team with a .492 average and 19 runs. Summer Monsrud also scored three runs, while Cassie MacArthur had four RBI.

On Friday, played at the Savage Community Dome, Concordia’s offense was too much for BSU pitching.

In game one the Golden Bears dominated play, winning 7-0.

In game two the Beavers managed to score two runs off Golden Bears pitching – Crystal Bown smacked a two-run home run in the top of the first – but from there it was all Concordia, as they won 7-2.

The Beavers, now 7-14 overall and 1-3 in conference play, return to the Savage Community Dome today for another conference doubleheader. They’ll take on Minnesota State Mankato at 10 a.m. and noon.