Staring at nine scheduled games this week, the Bemidji State softball team is in the midst of its busiest stretch of the season. First, the Beavers host Minnesota Duluth, Tuesday, April 20 in the final 2004 home contest and marks the last time they will face the Bulldogs as league members. UMD heads to the North Central Conference beginning play in 2004-05. Then, BSU travels to Minnesota-Crookston, Thursday, April 22 for its final NSIC regular-season game. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
After Crookston, the Beavers will face a five-game spread at the Minnesota State/American Legion Classic, April 24-25. With all tilts in Mankato, Minn., the Beavers will tangle with clubs from the NCC including No. 4 Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday.
The Beavers are stuck on a 22-game losing skid dating back to last season, the second longest in school history - the 1984 and 1985 teams lost 27 in-a-row.
Wrapping up seven games in the past week, BSU first dropped a double-header to North Dakota in its 2004 home opener. Facing cold, wintry conditions at the NSIC Crossover hosted by Minnesota-Crookston last weekend, the Beavers lost five league decisions.
Beaver News & Notes
Megan Woslager had a six-game hitting streak snapped against North Dakota (4/12) in which she batted eight-of-13 (.615) during that stretch...Nikki Eckebrecht went 3x8 on Sunday at the NSIC Crossover including an RBI-double against Wayne State; she is tied with Woslager for the team doubles lead...The 0-20 start is the second worst in history; the 1985 team went 0-22 during the course of the campaign...BSU scored a season-high four runs on a season-best eight hits against North Dakota (4/12)...The Beavers have allowed 10 or more runs in 10 games this year; they have been held scoreless 11 times...BSU tied a season-high with two stolen bases against SW Minnesota State on Saturday.
BSU’s top pitcher and hitter have suffered recent injuries. Senior pitcher Leah Bowen has 10 complete games under her belt and injured her ankle (sprainted) Saturday at the NSIC Crossover. Though it does not seem to be severe, she was limited in her innings over the weekend. Sophomore outfielder Megan Woslager was hit by a throw while running the bases Saturday and sat out all three games on Sunday. Woslager, who leads the club in batting average (.342), hits (13) and tied for first with two doubles, is listed as probable for this week with a bruised arm.
Perhaps with the least amount of home games in the country, the Beavers will play host to two opponents during the course of the 2004 season. BSU welcomes North Dakota, April 12 and Minnesota Duluth, April 20. Both twinbills are scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. at the BSU softball complex. UMD’s visit will be the last when it is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference - the Bulldogs begin play in the North Central Conference for the 2004-05 season.
• vs. Minnesota Duluth: 3-43 - lost 10 straight
Last meeting: L, 0-7, 2003
• vs. Minnesota-Crookston: 12-0
Last meeting: W, 12-5, April 15, 2003
• vs. Minnesota State, Mankato: 1-6 - won last meeting
Last meeting: W, 7-2, 2001
• vs. Augustana: 0-2
Last meeting: L, 0-11, 2001
• vs. Nebraska-Omaha: 1st meeting
• vs. South Dakota State: 2-6 - won last meeting
Last meeting: W, 3-0, 2002
• vs. South Dakota: 2-6 - won last meeting
Last meeting: W, 8-6, 2000
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 9-34 (.209) 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.
2004 BSU Team Highs
• At Bats - 28 vs. Northern State, Apr. 4 • Runs - 4 vs. North Dakota, Apr. 12
• Hits - 8 vs. North Dakota, Apr. 12 • RBI’s - 4 vs. North Dakota, Apr. 12
• Doubles - 3 vs. St. Cloud State, Apr. 9 • Home Runs - 1 vs. SW Minn. State, Apr. 3
• Total Bases - 9 vs. North Dakota, Apr. 12 • Walks - 4 vs. Northern State, Apr. 4
• Strikeouts - 14 vs. N. Dakota St. Apr. 1 • Sac Hits - 3 vs. MSU-Moorhead, Apr. 6
• Stolen Bases - 2, 3 times • Hit by Pitch - 1 vs. Winona State, Apr. 4
1 vs. SW Minnesota State, Apr. 17
• Caught Stealing - 1, 6 times • Runners LOB - 10 vs. Northern St., Apr. 4
2004 BSU Individual Highs
• At Bats - 4, six players
• Runs Scored - 1, 14 players
• Hits - 2, seven players
• RBI’s - 1, 10 players
• Doubles - 1, seven players
• Home Runs - 1 by Jamie Fisher vs. SW Minnesota State, Apr. 3
• Total Bases - 4 by Jamie Fisher vs. SW Minnesota State, Apr. 3
• Walks - 2, three players
• Strikeouts - 4 by Jamie Fisher vs. Northern State, Apr. 4
• Sac Hits - 2 by Jamie Fisher vs. MSU-Moorhead, Apr. 6
• Stolen Bases - 2 by Jenna Grimsrud vs. Northern State, Apr. 4
• Hit by Pitch - 1 by Kris Carlson vs. Winona State, Apr. 4
1 by Nikki Eckebrecht vs. SW Minnesota State, Apr. 17, 2004
• Caught Stealing - 1, six players
• Runners LOB - 4, three players