BSU Softball Adds Pair of Pitchers
Thursday, May 12, 2005
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University head softball coach Paul Brunsdon has announced the addition of two pitchers to the BSU roster for the 2006 season. Joining the Beavers next fall will be St. Michael, Minn. native Kathryn Goodin and Alison Willard from Hutchinson, Minn.

Goodin comes to Bemidji State after experiencing a tremendous amount of personal and team success at St. Michael-Albertville High School. The owner of a perfect game as a prep and a three softball letters for the Knights, she has seen considerable time in the pitching circle during the last three season. As a sophomore she posted a 15-4 record with an ERA of 1.24. In 2004, Goodin helped lead her team to 2004 Rum River Conference championship and a section runner-up finish while collecting an overall record of 16-2. In the midst of the 2005 season, she is batting .303 and is 9-2 with a 1.12 ERA. Goodin is a two-time all-conference selection and was named to the all-section team in 2004.

Also accomplished in the classroom, she is a member of the National Honor Society, is a recipient of the AAA Award and is a regular on the St. Michael-Albertville Honor Roll.

"Katie is a pitcher from a strong St. Michael-Albertville program," commented Brunsdon. "She continues to fill the need for pitching in the BSU program. We're very happy to add another strong freshman to a rotation that looks to be much improved in 2006."

A two-sport athlete at Hutchinson High School, Willard is three-time letterwinner for the Tiger softball team. An All-Missota Conference and an All-Section 2AAA Team member in 2004 she posted a 12-10 record while recording a 1.84 ERA. She struck out 139 opposing batters in just 141 innings of work on the season.

During her freshman and sophomore campaigns she posted an overall record of 5-8 in a more limited roll. In 2002 she allowed 27 hits in 29.1 innings while recording a 3-37 ERA. In 2003 she totaled 66.2 innings allowing 54 hits while striking out 54 for an ERA of 2.10.

Willard is a member of the Hutchinson High School Honor Roll and is an academic letterwinner.

"We will give Ali opportunity to prove herself as our ace next year." Brunsdon added, "She has been a No. 1 pitcher her entire career and we think she has skills and ability to do the same at the D-II level."

The inking of Goodin and Willard to National Letters of Intent combined with the earlier commitments from Kasey Callison, Kelly Carlson, Lindsey Imhof, Amy Potter, Katie Prettyman and Bridget Smith brings BSU's 2006 signing class to a total of eight.

The class includes four pitchers, two middle infielders, a catcher and one first baseman.

The 2005 Bemidji State softball season came to an end last weekend (May6-7) after being eliminated from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. With an overall record of 6-33 and 3-11 versus NSIC competition, the young team tripled its victory output from the 2004 season.

All signings are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Clearinghouse.