Bemidji State Drops Two to North Dakota State
Thursday, April 1, 2004
FARGO, N.D. -- The Bemidji State University softball team opened up its 2004 campaign unable to plate a run against No. 10 North Dakota State with 3-0 and 12-0 losses to the Bison this afternoon at the Ellig Sports Complex. The Beavers fall to 0-2 on the season while NDSU improves to 17-3 overall.

BSU received excellent pitching from senior Leah Bowen in Game 1 but sent just one runner as far as second base. Bowen went six innings allowing just two earned runs on seven base hits - she fanned one Bison and walked one base runner. The Beavers were sent down in order in six of the seven frames with their best chance to plate a run in the fourth.

Junior Lauren Wilson reached on a throwing error and advanced to second on a passed ball. However with two outs, junior Jamie Fisher struck out swinging.

The game belonged to NDSU’s Lindsay Graham who hurled her third career no-hitter, striking out 14 Beavers and allowing no walks. The Bison offense struck in the first inning with two runs and added an insurance tally in the home-half of the third to close out the scoring.

In Game 2, BSU looked to put the pressure on early as it loaded the bases in the top of the first. Wilson, who picked up the first BSU hit of the day, singled to right and after advancing on a wild pitch, moved to third on a Fisher free pass. However, junior Katie McKenzie stranded all three runners as she was caught looking.

NDSU came away with six runs on six hits in the second inning. The first four Bison batters reached successfully with base hits, including a 2-RBI triple by Erin Troup. After both teams were sent down in order in the third inning, the hosts responded with six more runs on four hits in the fourth. Senior Shawne Koch singled up the middle in the top of the fifth inning but was left on base after a ground-out. The game ended in five innings with the eight-run rule in effect.

BSU pitcher McKenzie went four innings, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits and five base on balls. The BSU defense committed five errors in the game. Meanwhile, NDSU’s Courtney Lacock picked up her eighth win with 10 strikeouts and allowing two hits for the shut-out.

The Beavers stay on the road and travel south to Wayne, Neb. for the NSIC Crossover, April 3-4. BSU will face five league teams to open up the conference slate.
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