BSU drops NSIC contests to Winona State, Wayne State
Sunday, April 9, 2006

MARSHALL, Minn. -- Despite generating some offense, the Bemidji State University softball team dropped back-to-back Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games on the second and final day of the Southern Crossover. Winona State handled the Beavers 10-2 including a seven-run third inning, while Wayne State took a 6-3 victory.

After dropping both NSIC contests Saturday, BSU looked to come out hard against Winona State. The Beavers took a 2-1 lead into the Warrior half of the third innings. Tara Hiscock (Fr.; Bemidji, Minn.), who went 2-for-3 in the game, scored both runs for BSU. The first came on an error by the Warrior shortstop, and the second came on an RBI-single from team hits and RBI leader Jamie Docken (So.; Owatonna, Minn.)

The Warrior half of the third inning was not kind to the Beavers efforts as Winona State posted seven runs which included back-to-back RBI triples after a Beaver error had kept the inning alive.

BSU was unable to mount a comeback as the Warriors posted two more runs in the two innings to enforce the run-rule and take home a 10-2 victory.

Amy Potter (Fr.; Bovey, Minn.) and Alison Willard (Fr.; Hutchinson, Minn.) split the pitching duties for the Beavers, combining to give up 10 runs (four earned) on 12 hits, while walking none. Potter took the loss for the Beavers dropping her season record to 2-5.

The final game of the weekend for the Beavers, saw them claw back from a 4-0 deficit, scoring three runs in the fourth inning. After Kasey Callison (Fr.; Eagle River, Alaska) singled to open the inning, Docken came to the plate and promptly drove one out of the ballpark for the first home run of the season by a Beaver. Kelly Carlson (Fr.; Hines, Minn.) added an RBI-single in the inning to bring the score to 4-3.

Wayne State responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the fifth, while the Beaver bats cooled off. The Warriors held off BSU allowing just two hits in the last three innings to take a 6-3 win.

Hiscock went 2-for-4 in the game to lead the Beavers at the dish. On the mound, Lindsey Imhof (Jr.; Littlefork, Minn.) Willard and Potter split up the duties. Imhof went three innings giving up four runs on four hits. Willard pitched two innings allowing two runs on four hits, and Potter closed out the sixth retiring the Wildcats in order, including two K’s.

Imhof took the loss, dropping her season record to 4-2.

The team record for BSU fell to 9-9, while the its NSIC record fell 0-4.

The Beavers will be back in action with a doubleheader at Minnesota State-Moorhead on Tuesday, April 11th. The first pitch for the conference ballgame is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.