BSU Drops Two to MSU-Moorhead & St. Cloud State
Friday, April 9, 2004
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Bemidji State softball team went 0-2 at Day 1 of the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament dropping decisions to Minnesota State, Moorhead, 0-8 in six innings, and No. 23 St. Cloud State, 1-11. BSU sophomore Megan Woslager broke a 26-inning BSU scoring drought with a steal of home after a lead-off double in the seventh inning against SCSU.

BSU’s offense sputtered mightily throughout the day garnering just a Woslager single against the Dragons and five total hits in Game 2.

MSU-Moorhead hurler Kayla Huiras pitched a gem going the full six innings in the mercy-shortened game. She gave up just a single, striking out five Beavers and sent down the BSU batters in order in four of the six innings.

The Woslager single in the second inning was followed by a sacrifice by junior Jamie Fisher. Woslager would not advance past second base as a fly-out was followed by a strikeout. No BSU runner would see second base thereafter.

Junior Katie McKenzie made her third pitching appearance of the season and was saddled with the loss. She went four frames, allowing just three hits and one unearned run. Senior Leah Bowen came in to pitch the fifth inning down 0-1.

Ten Dragons got a chance to bat against Bowen in the fifth totaling five runs and four hits and were aided by two BSU errors. MSU-M added two runs to go up 8-0 in the top of the sixth and silenced the Beaver bats in the bottom of the inning to pick up the NSIC win.

In Game 2, SCSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to three hits and one BSU miscue. Allowing runs in the first frame is a trend for BSU as it has now been out-scored 25-1 in the first inning this season. SCSU tacked on one more tally in the third, two more in the sixth and four more in the top of the seventh to lead 11-0 going into the home half of the seventh.

Woslager’s team-leading eighth hit of the season, a double to left center in the seventh, got things rolling for the Beaver offense. After freshman Nikki Eckebrecht singled Woslager over to third, both players attempted a double-steal. Both runners advanced safely with Woslager scoring the team’s first run in 26 innings dating back to the sixth inning against Northern State five games ago.

With runners at second and third thanks to a double by Fisher, St. Cloud State’s Nicole Webb made three Beavers whiff in succession to spoil the BSU threat.

The Husky righty went the full seven innings allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out six. McKenzie started once again for the Beavers, going seven innings allowing all 11 runs on 12 hits and walking five batters.

The Beavers fall to 0-11 on the year and 0-8 in the conference - it is the second worst start in school history; the 1985 team went 0-22 overall, which was part of the longest reported skid of 27 games.

BSU finishes its play at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament tomorrow with two games at Dunning Field. The first one pits the Beavers against No. 12 North Dakota State at 10:00 a.m. while the Green and White go against North Dakota at 12:00 p.m.