The Bemidji State softball team heads to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament this weekend as the No. 9 seed. BSU tackles No. 8 seed Minnesota-Crookston, Friday, April 30 in Moorhead, Minn. Hosted by Minnesota State, Moorhead, the Beavers and Golden Eagles face off at 9:00 a.m.. In the double elimination tournament, the winner of the 9:00 a.m. contest moves to face the No. 1 seed, Southwest Minnesota State at 1 p.m. while the loser tangles with the loser of MSU-Moorhead/Northern State at 1:00 p.m.
The Beavers picked up a split with UM-Crookston, April 22 in BSU’s final NSIC regular season contests. BSU earned a 8-5 victory after dropping a 7-0 affair. All-time, BSU stands 13-1 against UM-Crookston.
Since the post-season tournament began in 1996, BSU has a 9-24 overall mark. In Game 1, BSU is 3-5 having won in 1998, 2000 and 2003. The most success BSU held was the 1998 and 2000 years. Both years BSU advanced to the third-place game by winning its first two contests. The only times in which BSU was swept in the double elimination format was in 1996 and 1997.
In its busiest stretch of the season with eight games last week, BSU garnered its first season win with a 8-5 decision over Minnesota-Crookston, April 22. Before that, BSU dropped two games to Minnesota Duluth, April 20 in its final home contests. Over the weekend, the Beavers went winless against North Central Conference schools at the Minnesota State-Mankato/American Legion Classic.
At the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball tournament, April 30-May 1, in Moorhead, Minn., the Beavers roll into play with the No. 9 seed. Last season, BSU held down the No. 6 spot defeating No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul, 10-1 in the first round. Then, No. 2 Minnesota Duluth downed BSU 7-0 before the Green and White were eliminated with the 4-3 loss to No. 5 Wayne State.
In the field, UM-Duluth has won three Tournament titles with SW Minnesota State and Winona State at two apiece and Concordia-St. Paul with one crown. The Warriors of WSU won the 2003 Tournament Championship, defeating the Bulldogs two out of three times.
The winner of the Tournament automatically qualifies for the NCAA Tournament to be played May 7-8 at a campus site to be determined. Please turn to page two to see the NSIC Tournament schedule.
2004 NSIC Softball Tournament Schedule - hosted by MSU-Moorhead:
Friday, April 30
Time Field 1 Field 2
• 9 a.m. WSU vs. UMD (GM2) UM-C vs. BSU (GM1)
• 11 a.m. CSP vs. WSC (GM4) MSUM vs. NSU (GM3)
• 1 p.m. SMSU vs. Winner GM1 (GM5) Loser GM3 vs. Loser GM1 (GM6)
• 3 p.m. Loser GM5 vs. Loser GM2 (GM8) Loser GM4 vs. Winner GM6 (GM7)
• 5 p.m. Winner GM5 vs. Winner GM2 (GM10) Winner GM3 vs. Winner GM 4 (GM9)
Saturday, May 1
Time Field 1 Field 2
• 9 a.m. Loser GM10 vs. Winner GM7 (GM11) Loser GM9 vs. Winner GM8 (GM12)
• 11 a.m. Winner GM9 vs. Winner GM10 (GM13) Winner GM11 vs. Winner GM12 (GM14)
• 1 p.m. Loser GM10 vs. Winner GM14 (GM15)
• 3 p.m. Winner GM13 vs. Winner GM15 (GM16)
• 5 p.m. Winner GM16 vs. TBA (GM17)
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 10-41 (.196) 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.
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 27 on the year - BSU dropped past the 1992, 1998 and 2000 clubs that had 25 losses...In the 8-5 win over UM-Crookston, BSU set a season-high for runs, hits (11), RBI (5) and total bases (14)...Lauren Wilson has batted lead-off in all 28 games this season...Megan Woslager leads the club with a .317 (19-of-60) batting average, a .383 slugging percentage, a .359 on-base percentage and four doubles...Leah Bowen, who has 14 complete games under her belt, is first on the team with seven RBI...In the first 13 games of the season, BSU averaged a shade over three hits per game (3.15), the last 15 games BSU has stroked nearly five hits per game (4.8)...Fisher stands seventh on the BSU single season chart for fielding putouts - she has 174...Woslager ranks 26th among all NSIC players in batting average with a .317.
Showing the Power
Junior Jamie Fisher hit her second homerun 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 is tied for second-place on the BSU season homerun chart with her two dingers. She becomes 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 play 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 are the least amount in school history
• vs. Minnesota-Crookston: 13-1
Last meeting: L, 0-7; W, 8-5, April 20, 2004
• vs. SW Minnesota State: 14-36 - lost seven straight
Last meeting: L, 1-3, April 17, 2004
• vs. MSU-Moorhead: 22-31 - lost three straight
Last meeting: L, 0-8, April 9, 2004
• vs. Northern State: 23-12 - lost three straight
Last meeting: L, 0-12, April 18
Here is a look at how the Beavers have done in different settings:
• vs. North Central Conference: 0-11
• vs. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference: 1-15
• vs. Top-25 Teams: 0-4 (North Dakota State, St. Cloud State)
• @ home: 0-4
• on the road: 1-7
• neutral site: 0-16
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.