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SOFTBALL: St. Cloud sweeps BSU in doubleheader

ST. CLOUD — The BSU softball team got a pair of short starts from its starting pitchers and it proved detrimental as St. Cloud State swept the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon in St. Cloud by scores of 6-5 and 8-2.

Bemidji State (11-21, 0-16 NSIC) had a rocky start to game one as the Huskies used an RBI groundout to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. SCSU (10-22-1, 4-11-1 NSIC) followed that up with a five-run explosion in the second spearheaded by a two-run home run by Megan Larkin.

The six-run outburst in the first two frames chased BSU’s starter Allison Roberts from the game. Freshman Jessica Yost came in to relieve Roberts in the top of the third.

Bemidji State would chip away at St. Cloud State’s lead in the third with a run scoring single by Brittany Lenander to plate Cassie MacArthur who reached with a double to make it 6-1 SCSU.

BSU took a big chunk out of the Huskies’ lead in the bottom of the sixth. Nicole Dupay would get the scoring started with a RBI single to plate Alayna Krejci to cut the deficit to four. The big hit, however, would come a batter later as MacArthur hit a three-run home run to cut SCSU’s lead to just one going into the final inning.

The Beavers threatened in the seventh as they got the tying run to second base with just one out, but SCSU reliever Kendra Merritt notched two key strikeouts to seal the 6-5 victory for St. Cloud State.

Yost’s relief effort was an integral part of BSU’s comeback attempt. Yost threw four scoreless innings of relief, scattered three Husky hits and struck out five.

Much like in game one, St. Cloud State scored six early runs to chase BSU’s starter from the game. This time SCSU’s bats roughed up Danielle Jecmen to tune of six earned in just two innings of work. Again, Yost came in to relieve for Bemidji State.

Bemidji State did not mount the comeback that it did in game one, but it scored a pair of runs with a Krejci home run in the fourth. Unfortunately, the Huskies scored a run off of Yost in the fifth and sixth to clinch an 8-2 victory.

Next up for Bemidji State is a double dip on the road against Northern State at 1 p.m. Friday.