Northern State ousts BSU from 2006 NSIC Tournament
Friday, May 5, 2006
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lauf Field) -- Despite a two-hit three-strikeout performance in seven innings of work by Ali Willard, Northern State University handed the Bemidji State University softball team a 2-1 loss eliminating them from the 2006 NSIC Tournament Friday afternoon at Lauf Field in Crookston, Minn. The Beavers out hit the the Wolves 5-2 but struggled to generate any runs leaving six runners on base.

The game was scoreless through one inning of play, but when Willard gave Luciola Figueroa a free pass in the top of the second and Lisa Koehler reached on an error it set the table for Caitlin Hodges who ripped a single to centerfield scoring both runners and putting NSU up 2-0.

That was all the offense the Wolves would be able to muster against Willard who faced just three batters over the minimum during the final five innings.

The Beavers, on the other hand, continued to put runners on the base paths, they were not abel to translate hits into runs. In the fourth inning BSU loaded the bases with two outs, but were unable score.

In the fifth, Katie Prettyman kick-started the inning by legging out a double. Tara Hiscock would advance her to third on a ground ball to second. Prettyman scored the Beavers only run when the NSU shortstop over threw the first basemen in an attempt to get Kasey Callison out in the next at bat.

Bemidji State missed an opportunity to knot the game at 2-2 in the sixth when Bridget Smith lined a double into the left-center field gap and advanced to third on an Amy Klaers grounder to second. But again the BSU bats failed to come through with a clutch two-out hit.

The Beavers shut NSU down in the top of the seventh and came to bat in the bottom of the inning down just a run, but Koehler slammed the door sitting BSU down in order to secure the 2-1 win and advance to play the No. 2 Winona State in the 10:00 a.m. match-up tomorrow.

Willard took the loss for BSU going all seven innings allowing one earned run. Her record is evened to 7-7 on the season. For NSU, Koehler pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief to get the win.

At the plate, Prettyman led the way for the Beavers going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Bemidji State closes the book on the 2006 season with an overall record of 16-22 while tying for seventh in the NSIC standings with a league record of 3-11.

In her first season at the helm of the program, Sis Paulson and her staff of Kerry Stinar and Shane Veenker coached the team to a 10-win improvement. The Beavers' 16 wins mark the most since the team piled up 19 during the 1999 campaign.