Beavers Lose Home Opener to North Dakota
Monday, April 12, 2004

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State softball team dropped a 10-4 decision to North Dakota in Game 1 of the 2004 BSU home-opener. BSU went up by a count of 3-2 after two innings, but UND notched seven runs on five hits in the top of the fourth inning to take a 9-3 advantage. In Game 2, UND hurler Tara Peterson silenced the BSU bats in the form of a perfect game as the Fighting Sioux won 8-0 in five innings.

Game 2 belonged to the right arm of UND pitcher Tara Peterson. Peterson, who came into the game with a 2.72 ERA and 3-8 record, had no problems with the BSU offense. She recorded nine strikeouts with three of those on called third strikes. She did not allow a base runner in the unblemished five innings of work. Junior Katie McKenzie took the loss allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits and gave up one free pass.

After UND put one up on the board in the first inning of Game 1, BSU responded with two of their own. Sophomore Megan Woslager extended her hitting streak to six consecutive games with a run-scoring single as senior Shawne Koch crossed home after she walked. The second BSU run came courtesy of a Jamie Fisher RBI fielder’s choice in which freshman Nikki Eckebrecht scored.

The Fighting Sioux added another run in the second inning to tie the score at 2-2. Thanks to an RBI single by senior Jenna Grimsrud in the bottom of the second, the Beavers regained the lead at 3-2. Grimsrud singled home senior Leah Bowen after Bowen rapped a double to left center.

However, the Sioux made some noise in the fourth inning, posting seven runs on five hits and two BSU miscues to take a 9-3 advantage. BSU got two straight singles by Woslager and Fisher to open up the sixth frame but was only able to push home a run on a Bowen RBI ground out.

Bowen was stuck with her 10th loss of the season after allowing 10 earned runs in the seven innings. She allowed 14 hits and four base on balls. Woslager, who batted .571 (eight-of-14) during her hot stretch, finished 2x3 securing her third two-hit game of the year. Eckebrecht came away with her first career two-hit contest with a 2x3 effort.

The Beavers have now gone 0-15 to open up the campaign; the second worst start only to the 0-22 season in 1985. Also, BSU has dropped 17 straight dating back to last year, which is the second longest in reported history; there was a 27-game losing streak during the 1984 and 1985 seasons.

The Beavers travel to Crookston, Minn., for the NSIC Crossover, April 17-18. They will compete in five games during the Saturday and Sunday event.