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SOFTBALL: Bemidji State opens spring trip with wins

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – In the midst of its first rainy day of the season, the Bemidji State softball team won two of its first three spring training games in Titusville, Fla., Tuesday before dropping both games it played Wednesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, the Beavers split two contests against St. Mary-of-the-Woods College of Indiana, winning 2-0 and falling 3-1, before routing Fisher College of Massachusetts 21-0.

On Wednesday in Clermont, Fla., BSU lost to West Liberty (W.Va.) 4-1 and dropped their afternoon game to Bridgeport (Conn.) 5-1.

BSU now stands at 4-9 in 2013.

In the opener against St. Mary-of-the-Woods Tuesday, the Beavers got a complete game in the circle from Kelsey Saralampi, while team newcomer Molly Arola, who played in her first career game after joining the squad following hockey season, got her first career hit and RBI to help lift BSU to a 2-0 win.

Saralampi, who improved to 3-3, battled through two rain delays, but eventually added to her career-high in wins by making the two-run lead stick.

After Arola shined in her softball debut, her hockey teammate, Allie Duellman, stepped up in the team’s second game in her first appearance in a collegiate softball game. Duellman provided Bemidji State with stellar pitching, but the team’s bats couldn’t answer as BSU fell 3-1.

The Beavers’ bats woke up in the third game of the day against a reeling Fisher College squad out of Boston.

Arola, Nicole Dupay, and Cassie MacArthur each racked up multiple hits, while freshman catcher Mikayla Osterman belted her third home run of the year to add to the team’s lead. Allison Roberts excelled in her first pitching win of the season (third of her career), striking out six en route to a 21-0 victory.

On Wednesday, the Beavers didn’t have as much luck, struggling to get their offense going.

Full box scores were not available for these games at presstime.

The Beavers continue their spring training trip today with a pair of games against St. Joseph’s (Ind.) and Bentley (Mass.).