The Bemidji State softball team will participate in six games this week, including the 2004 home opener at the BSU Softball Field. Today (Monday), the Beavers play host to North Dakota with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 p.m. This weekend, BSU partakes in its third tournament of the spring at the NSIC Crossover held in Crookston, Minn.
The 0-13 start is the second worst beginning in school history - the 1985 team went 0-22 overall, which was part of the longest reported skid of 27 games. Overall, the Beavers have dropped 15 straight dating back to last season, the longest since a 16-game losing streak in 1986.
At the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament over the weekend, the Bemidji State softball team went 0-4 to drop to 0-13 overall. On Friday, the Beavers lost 0-8 to Minnesota State, Moorhead and 1-11 to No. 23 St. Cloud State while Saturday BSU got wiped out by a 0-9 count to No. 12 North Dakota State before losing 2-5 to North Dakota. Sophomore Megan Woslager continued her hot hitting with two hits on Saturday extending her hitting streak to five games and has hit safely in seven of the last eight.
Beaver News & Notes
Over the weekend, BSU recorded team-high’s in doubles (3), total bases (9) and tied the top mark of stolen bases (2) against St. Cloud State...The last BSU win came in the 2003 NSIC Tournament with a 10-1 win over Concordia-St. Paul - a span of 16 games...The Beavers have been shut-out in seven games this season and average just 3.2 hits and 0.6 runs per contest...Megan Woslager, Leah Bowen and Jenna Grimsrud lead the team with a two-hit game - Woslager has done it twice while Bowen and Grimsrud have one apiece...Woslager is tops on the club with a .345 batting average (10-of-29) and in her current five game hitting streak is is batting .545 (six-of-11)...The Beavers have been out-scored 26-1 in the first inning this year - opponents have scored in the first frame in 10 of the 13 games...BSU pitchers have allowed 10 or more runs in five games including a season-high 14 against Concordia-St. Paul.
Hitting in Order
The first seven games saw BSU go with Lauren Wilson, Jenna Grimsrud, Nikki Eckebrecht and Jamie Fisher in the one through four slots in the batting order. Now, in the last six contests, Megan Woslager has moved into the clean-up spot and follow Wilson, Grimsrud and Eckebrecht in the line-up.
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. North Dakota: 12-26 - lost five straight
Last meeting: L, 2-5, April 10, 2004
• vs. Southwest Minnesota State: 14-35 - lost six straight
Last meeting: L, 2-10, April 3, 2004
• vs. Winona State: 15-32 - lost two straight
Last meeting: L, 1-11, April 4, 2004
• vs. Concordia-St. Paul: 3-10
Last meeting: L, 0-14, April 4, 2004
• vs. Wayne State: 3-9 - lost two straight
Last meeting: L, 1-5, April 3, 2004
• vs. Northern State: 23-11
Last meeting: L, 1-3, April 4, 2004
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 9-27 (.250) 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 - 2 vs. SW Minn. State, Apr. 3
2 vs. North Dakota, Apr. 10
• Hits - 7 vs. Northern State, Apr. 4 • RBI’s - 2 vs. SW Minn. State, Apr. 3
• Doubles - 3 vs. St. Cloud State, Apr. 9 • Home Runs - 1 vs. SW Minn. State, Apr. 3
• Total Bases - 8 vs. St. Cloud St., Apr. 9 • 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 vs. Northern St., Apr. 4 • Hit by Pitch - 1 vs. Winona State, Apr. 4
2 vs. St. Cloud State, Apr. 9
• Caught Stealing - 1 vs. Winona St., Apr. 4 • Runners LOB - 10 vs. Northern St., Apr. 4
1 vs. North Dakota State, Apr. 10
2004 BSU Individual Highs
• At Bats - 4, three players
• Runs Scored - 1, eight players
• Hits - 2, four players
• RBI’s - 1, five players
• Doubles - 1, five 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 - 1, by eight 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
• Caught Stealing - 1 by Kris Carlson vs. Winona State, Apr. 4
1 by Leah Bowen vs. North Dakota State, Apr. 10
• Runners LOB - 4, three players