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SOFTBALL: Bemidji State drops a pair of pitchers duels

WAYNE, Neb. – The Bemidji State softball team dropped both games of its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon, falling to Wayne State 3-2 and 2-0. The games were originally supposed to be played in Bemidji but had to be moved to Nebraska due to the poor weather.

Both games were pitchers’ duels that went down to the wire.

In the first game, Wayne State took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings, but BSU (7-20, 1-9) tied it up in the fourth with an RBI single from Mikayla Osterman and a fielder’s choice from Cassie McArthur.

The game stayed tied until the ninth, when the Wildcats (18-6, 9-1 NSIC) manufactured the winning run.

BSU starter Allie Duellmann gave up a leadoff single to Wayne State’s Jordan King. At that point Kelsey Saralampi relieved Duellmann.

King reached second on a wild pitch, took third on a single and scored when Kati Williams singled to give WSC the lead.

The Beavers went in order in their half of the ninth.

Saralampi took the loss on the mound for BSU while Casey Miller won in relief for Wayne State.

BSU had just three hits off Wayne State pitchers, all singles. The Wildcats had seven hits off BSU pitchers.

In the second game, the BSU bats were silenced by Wayne State pitcher Sarah Scheffert, who threw seven shutout innings for the Wildcats, giving up just five hits.

Saralampi started and took the tough-luck loss for the Beavers; Wayne State had just two runs on four hits in game two. Both runs came courtesy of a Kelcie Borman double in the first inning – which, coincidentally, was also Wayne State’s lone extra-base hit.

Summer Monsrud singled twice for BSU and Lyndsey Peterson got the Beavers’ lone base hit.

The Beavers are back in action today for another NSIC doubleheader. They’ll take on Augustana at noon and 2 p.m. in Sioux Falls, S.D.