MARSHALL, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University softball team completed a tough first day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Southern Crossover at Mustang Field on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University. The Beavers dropped the first game 8-0 to Concordia-St. Paul, and lost game two 5-0 to the host Mustangs.
In the first of a four-game weekend, Bemidji State faced Concordia-St. Paul and NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year Kristen Schmidt. The Beavers were unable to put together a rally against the hard-throwing Schmidt. A second team All-America last season, Schmidt struck out 15 BSU hitters, giving up just three hits.
Collecting one hit apiece for the Beavers was Tara Hiscock (Fr.; Bemidji, Minn.), Kasey Callison (Fr.; Eagle River, Alaska), and Jessica Pullar (Fr.; Elk River, Minn.). Only one BSU player reached as far as second base in the game, which was a double off the bat of Pullar.
On the mound for the Beavers, Amy Potter (Fr.; Bovey, Minn.) a complete game giving up eight runs in a run-rule shortened 5.1 innings. Potter struck out five Golden Bears and walked none, but gave up eight runs on 11 hits, including three home runs. With the loss, Potter’s season record dropped to 2-4.
The second game of the day for the Beavers continued much of the same, as they were unable to post any offense on the board in a 5-0 loss to Southwest Minnesota State.
The Beavers collected just five hits in the game. Freshman third baseman Amy Klaers (Elk River, Minn.) had the best game at the plate for the Beavers going 2-for-3. Hiscock, Bridget Smith (Fr.; Burnsville, Minn.), and Kelly Carlson (Fr.; Hines, Minn.) each collected one hit.
Allison Willard (Fr.; Hutchinson, Minn.) pitched a solid game on the mound giving up just five runs, on five hits, and striking out two in five innings of work. Potter pitched a perfect sixth, striking out two of the three batters she faced. Willard took the loss dropping her season record to 3-2.
The overall record for the Beavers fell to 9-7 as they start out the conference slate 0-2.
The Beavers are in Marshall, Minn. for two more games Sunday at the NSIC Southern Crossover.