BSU Drops Conference Opening Games 7-0 and 6-2 Against Minnesota State Moorhead
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
BEMIDJI. Minn. - Bemidji State University’s losing streak climbed to 14 games after dropping the first two home games of the 2005 campaign to Minnesota State-Moorhead (9-8). The Dragons outscored BSU 7-0 in game one of the double-dip, and 6-2 in the second game.

The Beavers were plagued by unearned runs in game one committing five errors which led to five runs. BSU’s Andrea Schue (Jr.; Roosevelt, Minn) started game one on the mound. After hitting the first batter and walking the second, the Beavers were unable to climb out of an early jam as the Dragons put two runs in the board behind a throwing error by BSU catcher Missy Schleicher (Fr.; Waupun, Wis.) and a RBI-single by Moorhead’s Kylie Rogalla.

The Bemidji State bats struggled in game one as the Beavers were put down in order in four of the seven innings and didn’t send more than four batters to the play in the other three. On the mound for the Dragons, Julie Vancura stifled the Beavers offense striking out 12 and scattering five hits in a complete-game shutout.

BSU’s Alaina Ryberg (Jr.; Hudson, Wis.) pitched the final six innings of the game, after she replaced Schue at the beginning of the second. Ryberg five runs (four unearned) on seven hits, while the BSU defense chalked up five errors.

The Beavers sprinted out of the gates on offense in game two. After giving up a run to the Dragons in the top half of the first inning, BSU’s MerriAnne Werder (Sr.; Browerville, Minn.) singled, then stole second to put herself in scoring position. First baseman Katie Gardas (Jr.; Arden Hills, Minn.) drew a walk. Next up, freshman Jamie Docken (Owatonna, Minn.) picked up an RBI on a groundout to second after the baserunners had moved up on a wild pitch. Mandy Bambrough (Jr.; Toronto, Ont.) continued the first inning assault on the Dragons with a single to move Gardas to third. Shleicher manufactured the next run with her team-leading fourth RBI on a groundout shortstop which scored Gardas.

Ryberg continued on the mound for the Beavers and held the Dragons to just two runs through the first four innings. However, the Moorhead bats came to life in the fifth putting up two runs (one unearned) on three hits, sandwiched around a BSU error. Ryberg retired the Dragons in order in the sixth and first two in the seventh before Andrea Schuurmans tattooed the ball over the right field fence for a solo round-tripper. A double by Amanda Parker followed two batters later by a Michelle Preston single put the score 6-2 heading into the home half of the seventh inning.

Michelle Taylor (Fr.; St. Michael, Minn.) started the Beavers’ last chance with a single to lead off the inning. But, she made it no further as the next three Beavers were retired in order.

Schuurmans picked up the win for the Dragons as she gave up just two runs on six hits in a complete-game outing.

Ryberg pitched all seven for the Beavers, but took the loss giving up six runs (three unearned) on 10 hits, while the defense committed two errors.

The two losses move Bemidji State’s record to 0-14 on the season. The Beavers will be in action next on Thursday April 7, 2005 when they travel to Mayville, N.D. to take on Mayville State University in a twin bill starting at 2:00 p.m.