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SOFTBALL: Bemidji State splits weekend play, moves to 3-6 overall

The Bemidji State softball team picked up a pair of wins over the weekend, splitting doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at the Minot State Bubble Invite in Minot, N.D.

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Bemidji State Beavers

MINOT, N.D. -- The Bemidji State softball team picked up a pair of wins over the weekend, splitting doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at the Minot State Bubble Invite in Minot, N.D.

On Saturday, the Beavers defeated Minnesota Crookston 11-5 before falling 4-1 to Minot State. On Sunday, BSU topped Montana State Billings 4-3 and then lost a 5-0 rematch against Minot State.

The bats were most alive in the first game of the weekend. Bemidji State (3-6) wasted no time against UMC, jumping ahead with Elaina Christiansen’s two-run home run two batters into the game. BSU ultimately went ahead 4-0 after one, and they stretched it to 8-0 in the fifth when Aimee Christenson doubled in Emmarie Yeager and Kora Martin.

Stella Dolan had plenty of breathing room with which to operate inside the circle. She spun a complete game, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out four.

Molly Houts produced the most important hit of Sunday’s game against Montana State Billings, knocking a fifth-inning RBI single that proved to be the game-winning hit.

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Kaidron McClafferty earned the victory in the circle, allowing two hits and zero runs over 3 2/3 innings.

The Beavers will next take their spring break trip down in Florida. The 10-game swing begins Friday, March 4, against Cedarville and Gannon in Jan Phyl Village, Florida.

Bemidji State 11, Minnesota Crookston 5

BSU 410 032 1 -- 11-13-0

UMC 000 023 0 -- 5-8-2

WP: Dolan (CG, 7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)

LP: Frisk (5 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K)

Minot State 4, Bemidji State 1

MiSU 000 310 0 -- 4-9-1

BSU 000 100 0 -- 1-3-0

WP: Floyd (CG, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K)

LP: McClafferty (CG, 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)

Bemidji State 4, Montana State Billings 3

MSB 010 200 0 -- 3-10-2

BSU 021 010 X -- 4-3-0

WP: McClafferty (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K)

LP: Qualteri (CG, 6 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K)

Minot State 5, Bemidji State 0

BSU 000 000 0 -- 0-6-1

MiSU 202 100 X -- 5-9-0

WP: Valentine (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K)

LP: Damerow (2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K)

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