Beavers battle back to pick up split at UM-Crookston
Tuesday, April 18, 2006

CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Elk River native Jessica Pullar collected four doubles in a twinbill split for Bemidji State at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Pullar also added three runs in the two games to help the Beavers battle back from a 4-3 game one loss to capture a 9-7 victory in the nightcap.

Lindsey Imhof (Littlefork, Minn.) got off to a rough start on the mound in game one for the Beavers allowing four Golden Eagle runs in her two innings pitched. The Beavers chipped away slowly at the lead, only managing to pull within one, 4-3, before being retired in order in the seventh inning.

Pullar scorched Golden Eagle pitching on her way to a 3-for-3 game one performance, which included two doubles and a run scored. Katie Prettyman (International Falls, Minn.) and Kasey Callison (Eagle River, Alaska) added RBI-singles in the third and fourth innings. A Bridget Smith (Burnsville, Minn.) sacrifice fly in the fifth inning would round out the BSU offensive attack. Callison collected two hits and a run scored to go along with her RBI.

Amy Potter (Bovey, Minn.) picked up where Imhof left off after two innings and shut down the Golden Eagles scattering two hits over four innings, while allowing no Golden Eagle runners to score. Potter struck out four and walked two in work on the mound.

The Beavers put together two seperate offensive onslaughts before surviving a furious UMC rally late in game two. The first BSU offensive explosion came with five runs in the third inning. Run scoring hits by four consecutive with one out provided the Beavers with a comfortable lead. A single by Jamie Docken (Owatonna, Minn.) was followed by one of two doubles in the game for Pullar. Next came back-to-back RBI-singles from Smith and Amy Klaers (Elk River, Minn.).

After putting up zeroes for the next two innings, BSU once again found its stride at the plate with four sixth inning runs to push the score to a seven-run lead. An RBI-triple from Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) and a two-out, two-RBI single from Smith highlighted the hitting in the sixth.

The insurance runs would be much needed as UMC, who had been stifled by BSU’s Ali Willard (Hutchinson, Minn.) all game, found its groove offensively. Willard allowed four runs in the inning before giving way to Potter, who came in and slammed the door shut, retiring the only two batters she faced.

Willard pitched 6.1 innings allowing seven runs (seven earned) on seven hits and striking out two to pick up the win and move her record to 5-3 on the season.

Bemidji State’s record moved to 13-13 on the season and 2-6 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

BSU hosts Northern State for a home doubleheader on Friday, April 21 before hosting a weekend NSIC Crossover. The NSIC Northern Crossover will consist of all eight NSIC teams playing four games each in two days, April 22-23.