SOFTBALL: Beavers wrap up nonconference slate with Missouri invite
The Bemidji State softball team came out on the wrong end of a number of close ballgames over the weekend, going 0-4 at an invite in St. Joseph, Mo.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Bemidji State softball team came out on the wrong end of a number of close ballgames over the weekend, going 0-4 at an invite in St. Joseph, Mo.
The Beavers lost a Saturday doubleheader to Missouri Western State 4-0 and 7-5, and then they fell 7-6 to Nebraska-Kearney and 1-0 to Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday.
BSU managed just four hits in Saturday's game one, getting shut out and falling by four. In game two, the bats came alive with five runs in the first three innings -- which included Emmarie Yeager’s RBI triple and Maddy McCann’s RBI bunt single in the second inning.
In the third inning, Lizzie Schwenn and Kora Martin produced back-to-back RBI singles to give Bemidji State a 5-4 lead. But Missouri Western State tied it up in the sixth, and in extra innings, they walked it off with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth.
The Beavers returned to the field on Sunday to face Nebraska-Kearney and grabbed a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first. The Lopers answered with five runs in the bottom of the second, but BSU chipped away until Elaina Christiansen’s three-run homer in the fifth tied the game at 6-6.
It wasn’t meant to be, however, because Nebraska-Kearney got the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth and protected it over the final two frames.
In Sunday’s finale, Wisconsin-Parkside scored a single run in the bottom of the first inning, which proved to be enough. Bemidji State only tallied three hits in the game, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat and finishing 3-17 in nonconference play this season.
The Beavers are scheduled to open their NSIC conference schedule on Tuesday, March 29, with a doubleheader against Minnesota Crookston. The action starts at 2 p.m. in Crookston.