WINONA, Minn. (WSU Alumni Field) - The Bemidji State University softball team struggled defensively against No. 9 Winona State University Friday, falling in two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games against the Warriors 12-4 and 12-3.
In the first game of the doubleheader, both teams exchanged runs in the first before the Beavers (7-11, 2-4 NSIC) took a 4-1 lead after two innings. Winona State (24-7, 4-2 NSIC) plated five runs in both the fourth and sixth innings and used a 17-hit performance to run away from BSU, who recorded eight hits.
Courtney Anderson (Fr., P, Virginia, Minn.) lasted 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs (two earned) on nine hits. Jamie Lund (So., P, Grantsburn, Wisc.) pitched the final 1.2, giving up five more runs on eight hits. Stacey Struzynski was run after only 1.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits for WSU. Alex Chichila threw the final 4.2 innings and didn’t allow a run on three hits.
Bridget Smith (Jr., SS, International Falls, Minn.) went 2-for-3 from the plate to pace the Beavers, and she also drove home a run. Annie Stuedemann went 4-for-4 and scored three times for Winona State. Five other Warriors had multiple hits, and two of those had three RBI.
BSU took a 2-0 lead after the first inning of the nightcap, but three runs in two innings for WSU gave the home team a 3-2 lead, and two in the fifth and seven in the sixth would be enough to do away with Bemidji State, who was outhit 12-6.
Alison Willard (Sr., P, Hutchinson, Minn.) went 5.1 innings on the mound for BSU, giving up eight runs (five earned) on seven hits. Lund allowed four runs in 0.1 innings, and Jordan Anderson (Fr., P, Sartell, Minn.) was called upon to finish the final 0.1 inning. Courtney Strang pitched a six-hit complete game, allowing only three runs. She struck out 12 without walking a batter.
Kasey Callison (Sr., 1B, Eagle River, Alaska) was 2-for-2 from the plate, and Mara Johnson (Sr., 2B, Bemidji, Minn.) went 2-for-3 with three RBI to pace BSU. Terra Halron and Kayla Lewis both went 3-for-3, with Studemann driving home four and Molly Bjelland scoring three times.
Bemidji State will travel to Fayette, Iowa, Saturday for a 12:00 p.m. battle with Upper Iowa University.