Bemidji State Goes Winless at the NSIC Tournament
Sunday, April 4, 2004
WAYNE, Neb. -- The Bemidji State softball squad lost three league games today at the second and final day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Crossover, hosted by Wayne State (Neb.). BSU went five innings against Winona State and Concordia-St. Paul, losing 11-1 to WSU and 14-0 to CSP before losing a 3-1 contest against Northern State. BSU now stands 0-7 on the season and 0-5 in the NSIC.

In the early game versus Winona State, BSU jumped up early in the top of the first with a run-scoring groundout by senior Leah Bowen. On the play, senior Jenna Grimsrud scored after she reached on an error by the Warrior shortstop. From there, the contest belonged to WSU.

The Warriors countered in their half of the first frame with three runs on two hits. They tacked on two more in the second and third innings and four in the fourth frame to go up 11-1. BSU had chances to light up the scoreboard in the fourth and fifth innings as junior Jamie Fisher reached base in the fourth on an error and senior Shawne Koch trotted down to first base on a Warrior miscue in the fifth frame. But both runners were stranded as WSU took the game-shortened win.

BSU managed only one hit in the form of a double by freshman Nikki Eckebrecht. Bowen took the loss with four innings of work as she allowed 11 runs, nine of them earned, on 13 hits. The Warriors committed three errors - BSU had four miscues.

The Beavers seemed to carry their play over against Concordia-St. Paul in the 11:00 a.m. game. BSU sophomore Megan Woslager broke up a perfect-game bid by CSP pitcher Kristen Schmidt with a two-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Schmidt fanned nine BSU batters, allowing just the Woslager single, and walked no batters in garnering the win. Bowen was hit with the loss as she gave up 14 runs, all earned, on 19 hits in four innings. C-SP jumped all over the Beavers in the early going, with six runs in the first, five in the second and three in the third.

In the final game of the day, BSU out-hit the Wolves of Northern State 7-to-5 and Bowen bounced back with possibly her best pitching performance of the young season. Bowen gave up just one earned run on five hits with one strikeout and no walks in six innings of action. But, BSU could not cash in on prime scoring opportunities, leaving 10 runners on base.

The single BSU tally came in the sixth frame on a RBI groundout by sophomore Katie Gardas. Meanwhile, NSU posted three runs on four hits and two BSU errors to go up 3-0 in the first inning.

The Beavers stranded two runners apiece in the first, second and fifth innings. The Wolves Christi Schulte picked up the hard-fought win going all seven innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits, striking out seven batters.

The Beavers travel to MSU-Moorhead, Tuesday, April 6 for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.