Beavers place a pair on All-NSIC squad
Friday, May 5, 2006
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Bemidji State University freshman Bridget Smith (Burnsville, Minn.) and sophomore Jamie Docken (Owatonna, Minn.) have each been named to the 2006 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Softball team, the league announced Friday evening at its awards banquet which held in conjunction with the 2006 NSIC Softball Championship in Crookston, Minn.

In just her first season on the scene, Smith has been an anchor for the Bemidji State middle infield starting each of BSU's 38 games at shortstop. The freshman led the team in on base percentage (.375) and defensive assists (102) while ranking second on the team in seven offensive categories including batting average (.327), hits (38), and RBI (15). At the plate, Smith proved to have a keen eye striking out just once every 118 at bats while finishing second among her teammates with nine walks on the season. For her efforts she was named to First Team All-NSIC.

A 2006 All-NSIC Honorable Mention pick, Docken has been the everyday starter in the BSU outfield logging time in each of the Beavers' 38 games. The sophomore topped the team's charts in hits (40), doubles (7), RBI (17), stolen bases (4) and total bases (50) while posting the Beavers best batting average (.342). She trailed only Smith for the team lead in on base percentage (.372) and Jessica Pullar for slugging percentage honors (.430). Defensively, Docken was solid in the field committing just two errors on the season while recording 27 put outs.

The all-conference awards are the first for for both Smith and Docken and mark the first time BSU has had two or more players honored by the league with end-of-the-year awards since Megan Bray garnered first team honors and Leah Bowen and Lauren Wilson were named to the honorable mention squad in 2003.

Regular-season champion Southwest Minnesota State placed the largest number of players on this year's 30-player all-conference team with nine while Winona State received eight selections and Concordia-St. Paul had five. Three student-athletes from MSU-Moorhead were named All-NSIC while two from each BSU and Northern State received honors and Wayne State had one player named to the team.

SMSU also held a monopoly on the 2006 conference postseason awards garnering three of the four. Amanda Johnson was selected by league coaches as both the 2006 Pitcher of the Year and the 2006 Rookie of the Year. Mustang head coach Shawn Semler was named as the 2006 NSIC Coach of the Year. Concordia-St. Paul senior Amanda Yurek took home 2006 NSIC Player of the Year honors.

The BSU softball team put the cap on its 2006 season Friday after being eliminated from 2006 NSIC Softball Championship finishing the season 16-22 overall and 3-11 in NSIC play. Under first-year head coach Sis Paulson, the Beavers posted their largest number of victories (16) since the team captured 19 during the 1999 season.