BSU earns split in twinbill at Minnesota-Morris
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
MORRIS, Minn. (Cougar Field) -- The Bemidji State University softball team, despite good defense only managed a split against the previously winless Minnesota-Morris Cougars. Behind a solid day at the plate for freshman Amy Klaers (Elk River Minn.), the Beavers came back to win the nightcap 3-1 after dropping the opener 3-2.

Bemidji State jumped on the Cougars in the first inning of game one. Bridget Smith (Fr., Burnsville, Minn.) got the Beavers on the board with an RBI-single scoring Katie Prettyman, who had reached on an error. The next batter, Mandy Bambrough (Sr., Toronto, Ontario), wasted no time putting BSU up 2-0, with an RBI-double.

Morris would not go away, chipping away at the BSU lead slowly. The Cougars picked up a run in the second, one in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.

BSU would leave six runners stranded on base, as the bats cooled off. UMM held on to claim the 3-2 victory after a late Beaver rally fell short.

On the mound for BSU was junior Lindsey Imhof (Littlefork, Minn.), who gave up three runs, just one earned, on five hits, while her defense committed two errors that lead to Cougar runs.

Game two mirrored game one, in the respect that Minnesota-Morris jumped out to the early 1-0 lead heading into the fourth inning. After not scoring a run since the first inning of game one, the Beaver bats came alive to post a single run in three of the last four innings.

Amy Klaers laid down a bunt to bring home Prettyman in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1. In the fifth, team batting leader Jamie Docken (So., Owatonna, Minn.) put the Beavers ahead with an RBI-double. Prettyman singled home an insurance run in the top half of the seventh.

Freshman hurler Alison Willard (Hutchinson, Minn.) put together her finest performance of the season as she struck out nine, and gave up only one run on four hits. Willard’s season record improved to 3-1.

The season record for BSU improved to 8-4 with the game two victory.

The Beavers will be back in action tomorrow as they host Mayville State in their home-opener. BSU played Mayville State three times earlier this season in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The Beavers took the first two games, but dropped the third matchup to MSU. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00.