BSU drops doubleheader to NAIA’s Valley City State
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
BSU drops doubleheader to NAIA’s Valley City State

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team ended its regular season dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Valley City State University. The Beavers were unable to find their collective stride offensively and lost two close games 4-2 and 3-0.

Game one, started with Viking leadoff hitter Jackie O’Neill singling and working her way around the bases to give Valley City State a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first.

Beaver pitcher Amy Potter (Bovey, Minn.) quickly found her groove after giving up a run to collect strikeouts on five of the next six outs and shutdown the Viking batters for the next four innings.

The Beavers defiantly took the lead back with a two-run homer from Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.). The home run shot put the Beavers in the lead 2-1.

Potter continued to stifle the Vikings until the sixth inning. VCSU got to Potter plating three runs in the inning after an error had kept the rally alive.

Valley City State pitcher Karalea Morris gave up only one more hit to the Beavers after the Hiscock homer. She also struck out 12 BSU hitters, pitching a complete game for the win.

Potter took the loss for the Beavers. She gave up four runs (one earned) on only eight hits, while striking out eight in a complete game performance.

Game two started in a pitcher’s duel. BSU pitcher Ali Willard took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before VCSU’s Jess Ruzicki brought a run home for the Vikings with and RBI-single to claim a 1-0 lead.

The Vikings added two more runs off of Willard in the top of the seventh before she was replaced by Lindsey Imhof (Littlefork, Minn.). Willard worked 6.1 innings giving up three runs (two earned) and struck out two. Imhof retired each of the batters she faced to keep the Beavers within three runs heading into the bottom of the seventh.

After the Beavers put two on with nobody out, the Vikings buckled down and retired the next three batters in order to take a 3-0 victory.

Willard took the loss for the Beavers, dropping her season record to 7-6. BSU finished the season with an overall record of 16-20. The 16 wins are 10 more than all of last season.

Bemidji State’s next task is the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament. The Beavers claimed the No. 6 seed and will take on third seeded Concordia St. Paul in the opening round on Friday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m.