BSU Win Snaps 25-Game Losing Streak
Thursday, April 22, 2004
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Bemidji State softball dropped a 7-0 decision in Game 1 before exploding for a season-high eight runs on 11 hits in the 8-5 victory in the nightcap over Minnesota-Crookston this afternoon in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. With the win, BSU halted a 25-game losing skid dating back to last season. The conference games were the final ones of the regular season for the Beavers as the NSIC Tournament looms April 30-May 1 in Moorhead, Minn.

The opener went to the Golden Eagles favor with BSU never threatening. UMC jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning and added four more in the fourth and one in the fifth. The best BSU scoring chance came in the seventh frame.

Sophomore Megan Woslager led off with a base hit to centerfield and advanced to second on a single by junior Jamie Fisher. After Woslager was called out at third on a fielder’s choice by sophomore Katie Gardas, Fisher was nailed down at the plate after trying to score from second on a single slashed by senior Leah Bowen. With two outs, a pop-up ended the threat with two runners left on base.

Bowen was saddled with the loss going all six innings and giving up all seven runs, five earned, on 10 base hits. Five Beavers were credited with a hit with all of them being of the singles variety. UMC hurler Sam McDonald picked up her fourth win of the year going the distance allowing just one walk and striking out three.

Despite getting out-hit 15-11 in Game 2, Bowen and the BSU defense held tough. BSU struck for a single run in the first inning on a RBI single by Woslager as she forced home junior Lauren Wilson. UMC put runners on second and third in the bottom of the inning but Bowen fanned the next batter and got a ground-out to end the frame.

The Beavers capitalized on a UM-Crookston mistake in the second inning. With runners on the corners, senior Shawne Koch stole second and Bowen reached home on a throwing error by the catcher.

The third frame saw the Beavers bat around the line-up with the big blow coming from the bats of Gardas and Bowen. Gardas rapped a two-run single down the left field line and Bowen smacked a double down the left chalk line scoring two more Beavers. At that point, BSU led 6-0 after three innings.

After BSU picked up two more tallies in the fourth to go up 8-0, the hosts countered with three runs on five hits in the fourth with the big hit being a two-run roundtripper by Chris Carlson. Then, with the bases chuck full of Golden Eagles in the seventh frame, junior Katie McKenzie came on in relief to pick up a strikeout and secure the Beavers first season win.

Picking up her fifth career win was Bowen. She lasted 5.2 innings with no earned runs, allowing eight hits and striking out two Golden Eagles. McKenzie worked 1.1 innings in relief, giving up three earned runs on seven base hits.

Four Beavers had two hit games with the credit going to Wilson (2x5), freshman Nicki Eckebrecht (2x5), Woslager (2x4) and Gardas (2x3). Gardas and Bowen had 2 RBI apiece.

Before the NSIC Tournament, the Beavers visit Mankato, Minn., for the Minnesota State/American Legion Classic, April 24-25. BSU will partake in five contests, all of them against North Central Conference schools.

NOTE: In the overall series, BSU holds a commanding 13-1 edge...The 25-game losing streak ranks only second to the 27-game skid during the 1984-85 seasons...Woslager leads the club with a .340 batting average...The eight runs and 11 hits are the most since the Beavers recorded 10 runs and 11 hits in the 10-1 win against Concordia-St. Paul (May 2, 2003) - that was the last time BSU won a game before this afternoon...The five runs allowed in a win is the most since BSU gave up five against UM-Crookston, Apr. 15, 2003.