BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team went 1-2 in the first day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Crossover Tournament today at the BSU Field.
Senior pitcher Katie Hurst led the Beavers to a win in their first game of the day as she struck eight Wayne State batters out on her way to a 6-3 victory.
BSU took the lead in the bottom of the second when Betsy Hegland led the inning off with a base hit to left field. She was knocked in when Jamie Fisher singled to left, giving BSU a 1-0 lead.
The Beavers added four more in the fourth when Jess Radermacher singled down the left field line and was advanced to second when Fisher reached on an error by the Wayne State third baseman. Megan Woslager collected an RBI when she singled. Shawne Koch collected two RBIs with a bases-clearing shot to left center. Jamie Fisher scored Koch when she reached on error to bring BSU's lead to 5-0.
The BSU lead was stretched to six runs in the fifth. Megan Bray began the inning with a double into deep right-center field. After the WSC pitcher quickly sat Leah Bowen and Hegland down, Radermacher doubled to the right-center fence to score Bray.
In the top of the sixth, Wayne State manufactured three runs with solid fundamental softball to cut the Beaver lead to three, but BSU would stop the rally and take the win 6-3.
In the Beavers' second game, the Beavers were limited to just two hits by the Winona State University pitcher. In 7.0 innings of work, Wisniewski collected six strike outs, while shutting BSU out.
BSU had its best chance in the second when Fisher reached when she singled up the middle and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jenna Grins. but that was as far as any BSu base-runner would get, as Wisniewski buckled down and took the complete-game 3-0 win.
Hust was again on the mound for the Beavers, logging 7.0 innings, striking out four and allowing three runs.
In its final game of the day, Bemidji State was defeated by Southwest State University, 4-2.
The game was tied 0-0 until the top of the third when Southwest State scored two runs on three hits. The Beavers would come back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game led by Bray and Radermacher.
Bray began the inning with a double to the left-center gap. She was advanced to third when Bowen dropped a sacrifice bunt on the first base line. Radermacher followed with a base hit to left-center that scored Bray. Radermacher would advance to second on a Woslager single and score on an error by the Mustang second baseman.
Southwest State would reclaim the lead in the sixth inning when they strung three singles together and would add another run in the seventh when they capitalized on a walk and a BSU error. The Mustangs would sit BSU down in order in the bottom of the seventh to close out the win.
Bowen was on the mound for BSU, allowing three runs, two earned, and nine hits in 7.0 innings of work.
Bemidji State is 8-8 on the season and 8-6 in NSIC competition. They will take the field again tomorrow in the second day of the NSIC Crossover. At 1:00 p.m., the Beavers will face Northern State and at 3:00 p.m. at the BSU Field.