Beavers Graduate Four Seniors; Look to Return 10 in 2005
Thursday, May 6, 2004

A Look Back at 2004
In a season that saw four home games, the Bemidji State softball team competed at several tournaments and road contests. There were four tournaments overall including the season-ending Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships. At the tourney, the Beavers set down Minnesota-Crookston in the first round for the 14th time in 15 all-time attempts. Then, BSU lost to SW Minnesota State in eight innings and Winona State to finish the 2004 season.

Seniors Leah Bowen, Jenna Grimsrud, Shawne Koch and Amy Shepler completed their final athletic season at BSU. Bowen etched her name into the school record book with six marks in the season and career Top 20 List. Koch tied for sixth on the career list with three hit-by-pitch.

Despite losing four upperclassmen, BSU will look to return 10 players in 2005 including its top hitter and best slugger. Sophomore outfielder Megan Woslager posted a .324 batting average and smacked a team-leading four doubles. Earlier in the year, the Hayfield, Minn., native hit safely in six straight games and led the club with six multiple-hit games.

Junior first basemen Jamie Fisher, who sits tied for fourth at BSU with three career home runs, whaled two roundtrippers in 2004. Fisher also excelled in the field with a team-best .977 percentage and holds down the second spot on the career fielding list with a .980 mark. Junior shortstop Lauren Wilson will try to get back to her freshman and sophomore form when she was mentioned on the All-NSIC Honorable Mention squad.

Last Action at the Conference Tournament
At the NSIC softball tournament, April 30-May 1, in Moorhead, Minn., the Beavers opened up play with its fourth Game 1 win since the event began in 1996 - a 4-2 eight-inning victory over Minnesota Crookston. Senior hurler Leah Bowen gave her best performance of 2004 giving up just three hits and zero earned runs and striking out four. Sophomore Megan Woslager provided the game-winning single scoring freshman Nikki Eckebrecht in the top of the eighth inning.

The Beavers then ran into No. 1 seed Southwest Minnesota State in Game 2. BSU notched the game-tying run in the seventh inning only to see the Mustangs score in the bottom of the eighth and escape with a 3-2 win. In their third game of the day, the ninth-seeded Beavers took on Winona State, losing 2-0. In perhaps her best outing of the spring, junior Katie McKenzie allowed just two earned runs on eight hits in six innings versus the Warriors.

Beaver News & Notes
With the first win of the season against Minnesota-Crookston (Apr. 22), BSU snapped a 25-game losing skid dating back to the 2003 season - it was the second longest such streak in school history...The Beavers set the mark for single season losses with 29 on the year - BSU dropped past the 1992, 1998 and 2000 clubs that had 25 losses...In the 8-5 win over UM-Crookston (Apr. 22), BSU set a season-high for runs, hits (11), RBI (5) and total bases (14)...Lauren Wilson batted lead-off and played shortstop while Jenna Grimsrud was at catcher and Shawne Koch at third base in all 31 games this season...Megan Woslager led the club with a .324 (23-for-71) batting average, a .380 slugging percentage, a .360 on-base percentage, three stolen bases and four doubles - earlier in the season, she maintained a six-game hitting streak and had six multiple hit games which was first on the team...Leah Bowen, who had 16 complete games pitching under her belt, was first on the team with seven RBI and two games of multiple RBI - Bowen ends her career in the top 10 in games (48), innings pitched (238) and strikeouts (66)...Since the NSIC Tournament began in 1996, BSU has a 10-26 overall mark.

2004 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Teams
Based on available records since 1984, the Beavers failed to place someone on either the NSIC First Team or Honorable Mention Team. Following is a list of the 2004 squads:
2004 All-NSIC First Team
Name Pos. Yr. School Hometown
Sarah Campbell SS Sr. SW Minnesota State White Bear Lake, Minn.
Sarah Carlson C So. Winona State Geneva, Ill.
Vanessa DuFresne OF So. Concordia-St. Paul Cottage Grove, Minn.
Stephanie Fritch P Sr. Winona State Duluth, Minn.
Amber Goodell P Jr. SW Minnesota State Humbolt, Iowa
Kendra Halling 2B So. MSU-Moorhead Cohassett, Minn.
Shannon Haaser 1B Sr. Minnesota Duluth Long Prairie, Minn.
Katie Johnson OF Sr. Wayne State Wells, Minn.
Mackenzie Knoell 2B Sr. Wayne State Elkhorn, Neb.
Kristin Linell C So. Concordia-St. Paul St. Paul, Minn.
Alicia Nelson SS Jr. MSU Moorhead Alexandria, Minn.
Alicia Nortrom OF Fr. Concordia-St. Paul Coon Rapids, Minn.
Elizabeth Plante SS Jr. Concordia-St. Paul Cloquet, Minn.
Jennifer Pozzani OF Jr. Concordia-St. Paul Beloit, Wis.
Jessica Reiman OF Sr. SW Minnesota State Willmar, Minn.
Kylie Rogalla 3B Jr. MSU Moorhead Thief River Falls, Minn.
Lindsay Rosicky OF Fr. Winona State Plover, Wis.
Kristin Schmidt P So. Concordia-St. Paul Cottage Grove, Minn.
Kelly Schwietz 2B So. Concordia-St. Paul Oakdale, Minn.
Sonjia Schuurmans DH Jr. MSU Moorhead Norfolk, Neb.
2004 All-NSIC Honorable Mention Team
Name Pos. Yr. School Hometown
Leah Davis C Sr. MSU Moorhead Zimmerman, Minn.
Tracie Enzler 1B So. Concnordia-St. Paul Hopkins, Minn.
Kayla Huiras P So. MSU Moorhead Oakdale, Minn.
Erin Jensen DH Jr. Minnesota Duluth St. Croix Falls, Wis.
Stacie Kapler 3B Fr. Minnesota Duluth Ramsey, Minn.
Jamie Kettwig OF So. Winona State Elwood, Ill.
Amber Kuhn C Sr. SW Minnesota State St. Michael, Minn.
Brooke Lowman 2B Jr. Minnesota-Crookston Park City, Mont.
Shannon Miller DH Jr. Concordia-St. Paul Princeton, Minn.
Kristin Noble 2B So. Winona State Frankfort, Ill.
2004 NSIC Player of the Year: Shannon Hasser, Minnesota Duluth
2004 NSIC Pitcher of the Year: Kristin Schmidty, Concordia-St. Paul
2004 NSIC Rookie of the Year: Alicia Nortrom, Concordia-St. Paul
2004 NSIC Coach of the Year: Jason Sobolik, MSU Moorhead
2004 All-Tournament Team
Name Pos. Yr. School Hometown
Shannon Haaser 1B Sr. Minnesota Duluth Long Prairie, Minn.
Kayla Huiras P So. MSU Moorhead Oakdale, Minn.
Erin Jensen C Jr. Minnesota Duluth St. Croix Falls, Minn.
Katie Johnson OF Jr. Wayne State Wells, Minn.
Mackenzie Knoell IF Sr. Wayne State Elkhord, Neb.
Kristin Linell C So. Concordia-St. Paul Maplewood, Minn.
Alicia Nelson SS Jr. MSU Moorhead Alexandria, Minn.
Jessica Reiman OF Sr. SW Minnesota State Willmar, Minn.
Kristen Schmidt P So. Concordia-St. Paul Cottage Grove, Minn.
Sonjia Schuurmans P/1B Jr. MSU Moorhead Norfolk, Neb.
Amanda Yurek IF Fr. Concordia-St. Paul St. Paul, Minn.

Head Coach Amanda Went

Amanda Went became the 11th softball coach in school history, Sept. 12, 2002. An assistant women’s basketball coach at BSU, Went led her 2003 team to a 9-14 overall record in her rookie campaign. She mentored three All-NSIC performers and took her team to the sixth-spot in the NSIC rankings. Overall, Went is 11-43 (.204) in her second season of softball duties.

Went, who is assisted by first year coach Jennifer Anderson, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 2001. The four-year Nebraska basketball letterwinner spent one season prior to her BSU arrival as a basketball graduate assistant at Nebraska-Kearney.

Showing the Power
Junior Jamie Fisher hit her second home run of the season and Leah Bowen added one of her own against Minnesota-Duluth, April 20. It was the first time two Beavers did the feat in the same game since Annie Block and Kelly Price blasted a round tripper against Minnesota-Morris, Apr. 26, 2000. On the season, BSU has four bombs tying the 2003 club for the most homers hit since the 2000 program had nine.

Fisher tied for second-place on the BSU season home run chart with her two dingers. She became the eighth player to hit two in a season. The last player to do it was Kim Strom in 2001.

Perhaps with the least amount of home games in the country, the Beavers hosted two opponents during the course of the 2004 season. BSU welcomed North Dakota, April 12 and Minnesota Duluth, April 20 with four losses going to the Beavers. UMD’s visit was the last as a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference - the Bulldogs begin play in the North Central Conference for the 2004-05 season.

The four home tilts were the least amount in school history.

Record Breakdown
Here is a look at how the Beavers did in different settings:
• vs. North Central Conference teams: 0-12
• vs. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams: 2-18
• vs. Top-25 Teams: 0-4 (North Dakota State, St. Cloud State)
• @ home: 0-4
• on the road: 1-7
• neutral site: 1-18
Note: BSU was scheduled to play four games against Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association programs at the NW Missouri State Tournament to open up the year but the tournament was canceled due to inclement weather.

Players Making History
Following is the list of the 2004 BSU players to rank in the respective season and career Top 20 List:

Season Records:
Player Category Statistic Rank
Leah Bowen Complete Games (Pitching) 16 8th
Leah Bowen Innings Pitched 120.1 6th
Jamie Fisher Homeruns 2 T2nd
Jamie Fisher Defensive Putouts 205 2nd
Lauren Wilson Defensive Assists 94 5th

Career Records:
Player Category Statistic Rank
Leah Bowen Games Played 89 13th
Leah Bowen Homeruns 3 T4th
Leah Bowen Innings Pitched 238 7th
Leah Bowen Strikeouts (Pitched) 66 5th
Jamie Fisher Homeruns 3 T4th
Jamie Fisher Defensive Putouts 406 5th
Jamie Fisher Fielding Percentage .980 2nd
Shawne Koch Hit by Pitch 3 T6th
Lauren Wilson At Bats 262 14th
Lauren Wilson Defensive Assists 198 6th