BSU swept in two-game set at Minnesota Duluth
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
DULUTH, Minn. (Junction Ave. Field) -- [game 1][game 2] The Bemidji State University softball team walked away from Minnesota Duluth with a pair of non-conference losses. The Bulldogs used their power hitting to sweep the Beavers in a doubleheader 16-2 and 6-4, including a combined three homeruns. A 10-run second inning in game one and a late-inning insurance run in game two sealed the Beavers’ fate.

BSU got back-to-back RBIs from Elk River, Minn. natives Amy Klaers and Jessica Pullar to put the Beavers ahead 2-0 at the start of the first game.

The Bulldogs erased that deficit quickly posting five runs in the first and 10 more in the second inning. Michelle Butkus and Myriam Trepanier sparked UMD’s big innings with home runs.

The Beavers were unable to rally from the 15-2 deficit, while UMD posted one more run before the five-inning run rule came into effect for a 16-2 Bulldog victory.

Lindsey Imhof (Littlefork, Minn.) started off on the mound for BSU, but only last a third of an inning giving up four hits and five runs (three earned). Allison Willard (Hutchinson, Minn.) came in to relieve Imhof, but didn’t fare any better giving up 10 runs (10 earned) on six hits, while also walking six batters. Amy Potter was called in next and promptly stop the bleeding as she only gave up one run (one earned) and struck out four over the course of the last 2.1 innings. Imhof picked up the loss for BSU dropping her record to 4-3.

A defensive battle ensued to start game two. The teams traded zeroes on the scoreboard until Minnesota Duluth put up a three-run rally in the bottom of the third.

The Beavers responded with a four-run barrage in the top half of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) and Kasey Callison (Eagle River, Alaska) scored Pullar and Michelle Taylor (St. Michael, Minn.). The next batter, Jamie Docken (Owatonna, Minn.) put BSU in its only lead of the day with a double that scored both Callison and Hiscock.

The Bulldogs again fought back taking a 5-4 lead with two runs in the fourth and added a solo home run from Kalli Kucharyski in the sixth before shutting down any late Beaver rallies to complete the sweep, 6-4.

Imhof bounced back from her game one struggles to throw 3.2 solid innings giving up six hits and five runs (five earned) while striking out two and walking three. Potter came in to relieve Imhof in the fourth and finished out the last 2.1 innings, allowing just the solo home run. Imhof was the pitcher of record, dropping her season total to 4-4.

The Beavers will resume play on Friday, April 14 hosting the University of Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles. Last season the Beavers to 3-of-4 from Minnesota-Crookston, including a twinbill sweep inside the friendly fences of the BSU softball field.