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BSU ROUNDUP: U-Mary spoils tennis home finale; Augustana sweeps softball

BEMIDJI — The BSU tennis team finished its 2014 home season in defeat Saturday, as U-Mary swept the Beavers 9-0 at Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center.

U-Mary made quick work of double play. After BSU’s No. 1 team of Shaylin Prout and Mikela Kowatsch fell, 8-1, and Caley Westin and Anna Markgraf dropped the No. 2 doubles match, 8-4, Justine Scheller and Nicci Hedtke gave the Beavers their best chance for a point in doubles play.

The BSU duo pushed the Marauder pair of Meredith Holt and Anastasia Bruss to a final score of 8-6.

The Beavers needed to win four of six singles matches to get the victory but couldn’t pull that feat, as U-Mary earned straight-set wins in the top five match-ups. Anna Buck battled back after a 6-1 loss in the first set, to take the second, 6-1 and force a tie breaker at No. 6 singles.

However, the sophomore from Fergus Falls was ultimately defeated 10-6 by Mary’s Kate O’Connel and the Marauders took the match, 9-0.

The Beavers, now 6-6 overall and 3-5 in NSIC action, travel to Sartell today for a league match up with Minnesota State Mankato. The match is set for an 11 a.m. start at Revolution Tennis Center.

Softball swept at Augustana

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The BSU softball team was swept by No. 13 Augustana in an NSIC doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

The Vikings (25-6, 8-2 NSIC) won the first game 13-1 in five innings before completing the sweep with a 9-5 victory in game two.

In the first game the Beavers (11-13, 0-8) struggled against Augustana’s hot bats.

The Vikings scored twice in the first, four times in the third and added seven in the fourth to hand freshman pitcher Jess Yost the loss, dropping her record to 3-5.

Bemidji State scored its lone run in the third inning when a Lyndsey Peterson double drove in Cassie MacArthur. That was BSU’s lone hit.

Augustana continued its hot hitting in game two, plating four in the first and three in the second to jump out to a quick 7-0 lead, but the Beavers fought back in the third.

After loading the bases, Alayna Krejci singled home Danielle Jecmen. Peterson came up next and unloaded the bases with a grand slam to cut the deficit to two, 7-5.

In the pitching circle, Jecmen settled in after BSU scored its five runs and did not allow another run until the sixth when Augustana plated two more runs to seal the 9-5 victory.

The Beavers will return to the diamond this afternoon at Wayne State. First pitch is scheduled for noon in Wayne, Neb.