Bowen and Fisher Smack Homeruns in Game 2
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Bowen and Fisher Smack Homeruns in Game 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- After going ahead 2-0 in three innings, the Bemidji State softball team allowed 11 straight runs to Minnesota Duluth in dropping an 11-2 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference affair in Game 1 at the BSU Softball Field. Despite homeruns by Jamie Fisher and Leah Bowen in Game 2, the Beavers dropped the contest by a count of 9-4.

Courtesy of a lead-off single by junior Lauren Wilson in the bottom of the first, the Beavers were in business in Game 1. Wilson was pushed over on a sacrifice bunt by senior Jenna Grimsrud. After a three-game lay-off, sophomore Megan Woslager whacked an RBI double plating Wilson for the first run of the game.

BSU added another tally in the third thanks to more fundamental ball. Senior Shawne Koch singled to center with no outs and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Wilson. Koch took third on a rope to left by senior Jenna Grimsrud and, on the ensuing throw which was botched by the catcher, scored BSU’s second run.

From there, the Bulldog offense woke up with two runs in the fourth, five in the fifth and four in the sixth. UMD sent 16 combined batters to the plate in innings five and six.

Bowen took the loss giving up 10 earned runs on 13 hits. Grimsrud went 2-for-2 to lead the BSU offense. Meanwhile, Jill Struck was credited with the win going all six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and fanning seven.

The Beavers got on the board again early in Game 2 on a Koch RBI groundout scoring Wilson. Both teams exchanged runs in the second inning with BSU’s tally courtesy of Fisher’s team-leading second bomb of the season.

With the score tied at 2-2 in the third, UMD erupted for four runs on five hits. From there, BSU came to within two runs on Bowen’s first round-tripper of the year in the fourth inning. But, the Bulldogs responded with three more in the fifth to take a 9-4 lead.

Junior Katie McKenzie started on the hill and got hit with the loss going three innings and giving up six earned runs on nine hits. Fisher went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. UMD pitcher Chris Alleven evened her record at 5-5 going the first two innings.

The two losses send the Beavers to a 0-22 overall mark which ties the 1985 team for the worst start in school history.

In facing its final regular season conference opponent, BSU travels to Crookston, Minn., for a twinbill against the Golden Eagles, April 22. First-pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: Megan Woslager had sat out the three previous games with a bruised arm - she got hit on a pick-off move on Saturday at the NSIC Crossover...BSU has lost 24 straight dating back to last season, it is the second worst streak only to the 27-game skid during the 1984-85 seasons...UM-Duluth holds a 45-3 record against the Beavers; the Bulldogs will be moving to the North Central Conference beginning in 2004-05....Woslager leads the club with a .326 batting average...The four runs in Game 2 tie a season-high set against North Dakota, April 12.