BEMIDJI, Minn. -- With a nearly flawless pitching performance in game one, the Bemidji State University softball team was only able to manage a split in its home-opener after blowing a nine-run lead late in game two. The Beavers beat Mayville State 1-0 in the opener, but dropped the nightcap 11-10.
The Beavers took a 1-0 victory in game one behind the strong right arm of Amy Potter (Fr., Bovey, Minn.). On the mound, Potter shut out the Comets giving up just one hit, striking out a career-high eight batters, and walking none.
Bemidji State’s defense was equally impressive, committing zero errors.
The BSU offensive attack did just enough to get the win, picking a single run in the game. In the second, a Jessica Pullar (Fr., Elk River, Minn.) single was followed by an RBI-double from first baseman Kasey Callison (Fr., Eagle River Alaska).
Pullar lead the Beaver bats, collecting two of the six total hits in two plate appearances.
The Beavers used an offensive onslaught to start game two. A nine-run first inning was highlighted by two bases loaded doubles. The first came off the bat of game one pitching ace Amy Potter. Catcher Kelly Carlson (Fr., Hines, Minn.) added the second bases-clearing double. Docken added two hits and two RBI, and Pullar continued her red-hot hitting picking up the other RBI in the inning.
After Mayville State posted a single run in the top half of the second, BSU responded with one of their own, to take a 10-1 lead. Brenda Fritz (McIntosh, Minn.) picked up the RBI on a double over the left fielder.
The Comets added one run in the third and one more in the fifth to bring the score to 10-3. But, MSU was just getting started. They roughed up Beaver hurler Lindsey Imhof (Jr., Littlefork, Minn.) for four more runs in the sixth inning. Alison Willard (Fr., Hutchinson, Minn.) finished up the sixth, but gave up three runs to the first three batters in the seventh before giving way to game one winner Amy Potter. Potter struck out three batters in the inning, but the Comets scraped together another run to take an 11-10 lead.
The Beavers were unable to respond in the home half of the seventh as they were set down in order. Potter took the loss for the Beavers, dropping the team record to 9-5.
BSU will be back on the field this weekend traveling to Southwest Minnesota State for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Southern Crossover.