McClafferty gem helps Bemidji State earn split

McClafferty gem helps Bemidji State earn split

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Bemidji State freshman pitcher Kaidy McClafferty had one of the best pitching performances of her young college career Saturday.

The Butte High graduate fanned six batters and scattered five hits to lead the Beavers to a 3-1 win over Minnesota State-Morehead 3-1. The victory helped salvage a split in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader.

Morehead won the opener 8-7.

McClafferty pitched all seven innings for her third career complete game. The six K’s tied a career-high for McClafferty, who improved to 4-1 on the season.

Both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings but Bemidji State broke through first after freshman Elaina Christiansen blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the third. The home run for Christiansen was her team-leading fourth of the season.

MSU-Moorhead responded in the fifth inning with an RBI single but the Olivia Tucker scored on an error in the bottom half of the inning to keep the Beavers’ lead at two. McClafferty and the Beavers’ defense held the Dragons off the scoreboard for the remaining two innings and earned the series split.

The McClafferty gem came after the Beavers and Dragons combined for 23 hits over eight innings in the opener.

Click here for more on the doubleheader.

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