BSU drops back-to-back games on Day 2 of NSIC Crossover
Sunday, April 23, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University softball team dropped back-to-back games on the final day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Crossover. Concordia-St. Paul downed the Beavers 3-0, then Southwest Minnesota State toppled BSU 10-2.

In BSU’s first game, Lindsey Imhof (Littlefork, Minn.) battled Concordia-St. Paul’s reigning NSIC Pitcher of the Year Kristen Schmidt to a 3-0 loss. Imhof worked all seven innings for the Beavers in a pitcher’s duel, giving up just three runs on four hits striking out three and walking four. CSP’s Schmidt gained the shutout victory pitching a complete game two-hitter and striking out 15 along the way, while walking none.

Imhof pitched a no-hitter into the fourth inning, but gave up a run-scoring double and a run-scoring single to give the Golden Bears a 2-0 lead. The Bears added an insurance run in the sixth for a comfortable three-run lead.

The Beavers were unable to solve Schmidt all game, collecting a hit from only Bridget Smith (Burnsville, Minn.) and Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.).

Imhof took the loss for the Beavers dropping her season record to 5-6.

In game two, Bemidji State ran into a hot-hitting Southwest Minnesota State squad.

SMSU jumped on the board right away, plating three runs in the top half of the first inning. The rally was capped off by a solo home run from Amanda Burkhart.

Ali Willard (Hutchinson, Minn.) started on the mound for the Beavers but was replaced midway through the fourth inning, after SMSU scored one more run in the third and two in the fourth to build a 6-0 lead. Willard gave up six runs (three earned) on six hits and struck out two.

The Beavers battled back in the home half of the fourth with two runs coming on a Kelly Carlson (Hines, Minn.) double. Amy Klaers (Elk River, Minn.) got hit by a pitch to start the inning, Smith ripped a single down the third base line. Then Carlson laced the offering over the centerfielder’s head to bring the score to 6-2.

SMSU answered in the top of the fifth, with four runs. The hitting display was highlighted by a pinch-hit two-run homer from Amanda Tucci off BSU’s Lindsey Imhof. The four-run inning pushed the lead to 10-2.

The Beavers were retired in order in the bottom of the fifth and the eight-run mercy rule was enforced to end the game at 10-2.

Willard took the loss for Bemidji State dropping her record to 6-5.

Bemidji State wrapped up its conference schedule and will finish the season with six nonconference tune-ups before the NSIC Tournament. Monday, April 24, BSU will travel to take on Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minn. and then travel to Superior Wis., to take on UW-Superior. BSU’s regular season will conclude on May 2 with a doubleheader at home with Valley City State.