Beavers Denied First Season Win Over MSU-Moorhead
Wednesday, April 7, 2004
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- In Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball action yesterday, Bemidji State generated just eight hits in the twin bill against Minnesota State, Moorhead dropping two games, 0-1 and 0-8. The Beavers, which slide to 0-9 on the season and 0-7 in the NSIC, received another strong pitching performance by senior Leah Bowen.

Bowen went the distance in both games but was especially impressive in Game 1. After opening the game in the bottom of the first with a single run off the right-hander, MSU-Moorhead was shut down by the Green and White hurler. Bowen gave up just six total hits and struck out four Dragons.

BSU looked to tie the score in the fourth as senior Shawne Koch led off with a single. She advanced to second on a Nikki Eckebrecht sacrifice bunt - one of three BSU sac bunts on the day. However, Koch was doubled up at second after the MSUM rightfielder made a leaping catch of a liner by sophomore Megan Woslager and threw the ball back into second as Koch was attempting to score.

The Beavers had two two-out singles in the fifth and seventh innings but Dragon fireballer, Sonjia Schuurmans walked away with the four-hit complete game shutout.

In Game 2, Bowen pitched herself out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the first inning giving up just one unearned run. The Beavers made some noise in the second frame after a single by sophomore Megan Woslager led things off - it was the first of two occasions where Woslager reached base to open up an inning. Despite a sacrifice bunt and single by Bowen, the rally was spoiled.

Woslager reached second base again in the fourth, being pushed over by a sacrifice by junior Jamie Fisher but BSU was unable to push a run across. The Dragons blew the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to lead 8-0 and silenced the BSU bats in the top of the fifth to sweep the league double-header.

Bowen was saddled with the loss, going four innings (the game was called in the fifth inning on the eight-run rule). She allowed eight runs, but just three earned on 12 base hits. MSUM’s Jen Doyle held the BSU offense in check, giving up a mere four singles.

Next action for the Beavers is the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament, April 9-10. BSU will again battle these Dragons in Game 1 on Friday and conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday versus North Dakota.