SUPERIOR, Wis. – Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.) homered in each game of a doubleheader sweep for the Beavers at Wisconsin-Superior. Pullar’s two solo home runs were the first of her career and helped make the difference for Bemidji State coming from behind to steal each game by one run 9-8 and 7-6.
Game one started slowly for both teams as UWS took a 1-0 lead into the top of the fifth inning. After back-to-back singles from Pullar and Amy Klaers (Elk River, Minn.) Michelle Taylor laced a pitch out of the yard for a three-run-homer. After a Katie McKenzie (Hibbing, Minn.) single, Becky Cerkvenik (Hines, Minn.) smacked an RBI double. Bridget Smith (Burnsville, Minn.) added an RBI in the inning with a single, and a bases loaded walk of Jamie Docken (Owatonna, Minn.) forced in a run. The Beaver rally posted seven runs in the inning, to take a 7-1 lead.
The Yellowjackets not to be outdone, posted seven runs of their own to take back an 8-7 lead. Lindsey Imhof (Littlefork, Minn.), who had pitched a brilliant game up to the fifth, got in trouble with walks and was replaced by Allison Willard (Hutchinson, Minn.). Willard retired the next two batters to get the Beavers out of the jam.
BSU moved Katie Prettyman around the bases to score on a wild pitch to tie the game 8-8. After holding the Yellowjackets scoreless in the sixth, the Beavers got the boost they need from Pullar in the seventh. With the score still tied 8-8, Pullar lead off the inning with her first career home run blast.
Pullar’s homer turned out to be the game-winning hit, as Willard retired UWS in the bottom half of the seventh. Willard workd 2.2 innings giving up not runs and scattering three hits while striking out four. Willard’s season record improved to a team-best 7-5.
Game two started the same way game one ended for the Beavers. Pullar lead off the second inning with another solo homerun and Cervenik added an RBI-double for a 2-0 BSU lead.
Superior responded posting runs in four consecutive innings. The Yellowjackets scored one run in the second, two in both the third and fourth, and one more in the fifth to take a commanding 6-2 lead.
But, a poised Beaver squad responded with a five-run outburst in the sixth inning for a 7-6 lead. Kasey Callison (Eagle River, Alaska) brought two runs home with a single and Smith also added an RBI single to highlight the rally.
Willard had held the Yellowjackets within reach working the first 3.1 innings before giving way to Amy Potter (Bovey, Minn.). Potter worked the last 3.2 innings only giving up one run and one hit while striking out five to gain the victory and improve her season record to 4-7.
The Beavers overall season record improved to 16-18 with the doubleheader sweep.
BSU will conclude its regular season on Tuesday, May 2nd hosting Valley City State. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament will start three days later in Crookston, Minn.