Beavers Drop Final NSIC Twinbill of the Season at Northern State
Tuesday, May 3, 2005
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team lost its final two NSIC regular season games to host Northern State. The Wolves used some big innings to dispose of the Beavers 13-3 in game one and 14-6 in the night cap.

Two early rallies by Northern State put the Beavers in an 8-1 hole after the first two innings. The Wolves scored three runs in the first and five more in the second to take the commanding lead.

BSU mustered up one run in the second and two more in the third innings. The first run came on the Beavers fourth consecutive single of the inning. The RBI was picked up by senior Debbie Aidas (Prior Lake, Minn.) scoring Michelle Taylor (Fr.; St. Michael, Minn.) who had moved station-to-station after she started the Beaver attack. The rally was quickly ended as Brenda Fritz (Jr.; McIntosh, Minn.) bounced in an inning-ending double play.

Bemidji State inched closer in the third inning on single by Mandy Bambrough (Jr.; Toronto, Ontario) which scored both Katie Gardas (Jr.; Arden Hills, Minn.) and MerriAnne Werder (Sr.; Browerville, Minn.). The runs brought the score within a reachable five runs at 8-3, but the Wolves stretched the lead to 13-3 in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach.

Alaina Ryberg (Jr.; Hudson, Wis.) led the BSU offense picking up two hits, while seven other Beavers each picked up a base knock. On the hill, Andrea Schue pitched the first three innings for BSU, giving up 10 runs (five earned), on 10 hits, strking out one and walking two. Schue picked up the loss for the Beavers. Ryberg also got some time on the mound in game one pitching 1.0 innings giving up three runs (two earned) on one hit, while walking four and picking up one strikeout.

The night cap of the double header stayed closer for the Beavers before NSU rallied to put the game away in the last three innings.

After giving up two runs to the Wolves in the bottom of the first, BSU responded with one run in the second and two runs in the third to take their only lead of the day, 3-2.

In the second, BSU’s run came on an RBI double to the right-centerfield gap by Aidas, scoring Taylor from second base. Two more runs came in the third on a towering home run by Beaver clean-up hitter Mandy Bambrough. The home run was Bambrough’s second of the season, and just the fourth of the year by the Beavers.

Bambrough’s shot would be the last scoring for BSU on the day. Northern State’s offense, however, was just beginning. The Wolves added a four-run third, three runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to put the game away 14-6. The offense for the Wolves was sparked by a Emily Howlett who homered in her first three at-bats of the game before she was intenionally walked by the BSU pitching staff in the fifth. Howlett had five RBIs and four runs scored to add to her 3-for-3 game.

Schue went the distance for the Beavers pitching 4.2 innings in the run-rule shortened game. She gave up 14 runs (11 earned) on 18 hits, while striking out three and walking just two.

The Beavers’ will be back at the dish in their regular season finale when they travel to Valley City State on Tuesday, May 3 to tangle with the Vikings in the teams’ first meeting since 1993. The NSIC tournament is also coming up for BSU on May 6-7 at St. Paul, Minn.