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Softball: Beavers drop doubleheader at Northern

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The BSU softball team is still looking for that elusive first conference victory.

The Beavers dropped an NSIC doubleheader to Northern State Friday afternoon at the Mocassin Creek Softball Complex in Aberdeen, S.D.

The Wolves took the first game 4-2 and completed the sweep with a 7-1 victory.

In Game 1, senior Brittany Lenander and freshman Courtney O'Connor each collected two hits for the Beavers (11-23, 0-18 NSIC) but it wasn’t enough to snap the losing streak.

The Wolves (11-25, 4-16 NSIC) opened the scoring with three runs in the third frame off starter Jessica Yost.

BSU answered with RBI hits by O'Connor and Danielle Jecmen in the fourth to cut the deficit to one.

But after the Beavers closed the gap, NSU starter Kami Smesmo buckled down and struck out seven BSU hitters over the final three innings to seal the Wolves' victory. Smesmo finished with 14 strikeouts.

Yost, making her first start since April 5, took the loss in game one and fell to 3-6.

The Bemidji High School graduate allowed four runs (three earned), scattered seven hits and struck out five in six innings.

Northern State's bats showed up in a big way in game two. The Wolves opened a 7-0 lead after three innings, which was more than enough for starter Missy Elkins.

Elkins allowed just two hits in seven innings to earn her third win of the season.

Lenander notched a triple in the first and Jecmen singled in the sixth to account for BSU's two hits. Bemidji State's lone run came in the seventh inning when it scored an unearned run on a RBI groundout by pinch hitter Chelsey Watson.

Jecmen took the loss moving her record to 5-11. After allowing the seven runs on eight hits through the first three innings, Jecmen settled down and allowed just two base runners over the final three innings.

Bemidji State will return to action today against Minnesota State Moorhead at 3 p.m. in Aberdeen.