UMC is now 2-11 on the season while Bemidji State is 7-12.

The Golden Eagles began a busy three days by picking up a split in their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) opening games against Bemidji State Thursday, March 28.  Due to snow still covering the majority of UMC’s softball field, the games were moved to the Irish Sports Dome in Rosemount, Minn.

The Golden Eagles won the first game 9-1 on a run-rule ending the game after six innings. The Beavers picked up a 10-4 win in game two in seven innings. UMC is now 2-11 on the season while Bemidji State is 7-12.

Minnesota Crookston faces Minnesota State today in another doubleheader and Concordia, St. Paul Saturday in another doubleheader. Those two series will be played in Savage, Minn.

The Golden Eagles got an outstanding pitching performance in game one from Paige Schaust (Jr., P/OF, Delano, Minn.) as the UMC starter went a full six innings giving up just run on seven hits as she improved to 1-4 overall on the season.

The Golden Eagles got on the board early with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Brooke Timmins (Fr., C/1B, Magnolia, Texas) started out the scoring as she singled to center field to score Ciara Rivera (Fr., IF/P, Rosemount, Minn.). Timmins then stole second and saw the throw over from the pitcher sail into the outfield, allowing Hilary Brown (Sr., OF, Mosinee, Wis.) to score to make it 2-0. An Ashley Manusos (Jr., IF/OF, Spring Grove, Ill.) ground-rule double to right field would plate Timmins to make it 3-0. Manusos’ double would chase starter Kelsey Saralampi from the game.

BSU would cut the Golden Eagle advantage to 3-1 in the top of the third when Crystal Bowen doubled to left field to score Nicole Dupay, who had singled up the middle.

UMC then countered in their half of the third as Manusos hit her second double of the game to plate Brown, who had walked, to make it 4-1 Golden Eagles.

UMC would add a fifth run in the bottom of the fifth on a Schaust single to left field to score Rivera. Timmins also attempted to score but was thrown out at the plate to hold the Golden Eagles to one run.

In the bottom of the sixth Allison Foley (Fr., 3B/OF, Lockport, Ill.) started out the scoring as she hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score pinch-runner Kendra Pahl (Fr., UT, Salinas, Calif.). Brown tripled to center field to drive in Rivera and Jessica Ramos (Fr., C/3B, El Paso, Texas). The Golden Eagles got their final run as Manusos hit a single to center field to score Brown.

Sarlamapi got the loss for the Beavers after going one-third of an inning and giving up three runs, only one of them earned on two hits.

Manusos let the Golden Eagles at the plate going 3-of-4 with three runs batted in. Rivera and Brown each scored three runs for UMC.

In game two, the Golden Eagles turned to senior Stacey Marcum (P, Merrill, Wis.) in the circle. Marcum would go four innings, giving up four runs, three of them earned, on five hits. Marcum would suffer the loss as UMC would fall 10-4. Marcum is now 1-4 on the season.

Duellman would pick up the win for the Beavers after going the full seven innings giving up four runs, only one of them earned, on seven hits, with five strikeouts. Duellman improves to 2-3 with the win.

Sophomore Shelby Hollinger (2B, Neudorf, Saskatchewan) finished the game 2-of-3 at the plate with a run scored. Manusos was 1-of-3 with a double, while Timmins went 1-of-2 with a run, an RBI and two walks.

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