Ripon College hands BSU first losses of 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
COCOA BEACH, Fla. (Cocoa Expo Center) -- The Bemidji State University softball team dropped a pair of games to Ripon College Wednesday afternoon ending a school-best four-game winning streak to begin the 2006 season. The Red Hawks used a pair of late inning rallies to overtake the Beavers 6-3 and 5-1 and sweep the doubleheader.

The Beavers found themselves down 1-0 after three innings of game one. Locked in a pitchers' dual, the teams would combine for just two hits during the first three innings of play. But in the fourth, Bemidji States Katie McKenzie (Sr., Hibbing, Minn.) sparked a three-hit, one-run inning with a one-out triple to right center field. Jamie Docken (So., Owatonna, Minn.) singled to record her third RBI of 2006 and would advance to second on a Bridget Smith (Fr., Burnsville, Minn.) single. But both runners would be stranded on the base paths but not before the team evened the score at 1-1.

After an inning and a half of scoreless softball, BSU would again heat up their bats in the bottom of the sixth, this time scoring twice to take a 3-1 lead.

It was McKenzie who again kick started the BSU rally singling to right field. Docken also singled and Smith reached on a fielder's choice. With runners at first and second, Amy Klaers (Fr., Elk River, Minn.) notched her team-leading fourth double of the year to clear the bases and put the Beavers up 3-1.
In the top of the fifth, Ripon would belt six hits and score five times to dig BSU a 6-3 hole.

The Beavers would never recover as just one runner reached in the bottom half of the inning and would never advance past first.

The Red Hawks tagged BSU starting pitcher Amy Potter (Fr., Bovey, Minn.) for 11 hits and six earned runs in seven innings of work as she fell to 0-1 on the season. Jen Mueller held the Beavers to seven hits and tree earned runs going the distance to even her record at 2-2 on the season.

The Beavers took an early lead in the second game of the double dip as the first two batters of the contest reached base. Katie Prettyman (Fr., International Falls, Minn.) patiently worked out a walk and was advanced to second base when Kasey Callison (Eagle River, Alaska) singled to third base. Klaers continued to pile up RBI knocking Prettyman home on a line drive single to left field to put BSU up 1-0 after the top of the first. But in the bottom of the stanza, Ripon would bounce back to score a run of their own to knot the game at 1-1.

The Red Hawks would strike again in the third when their first batter reached on a single and advance to second on a wild pitch. She would score during the next at bat when Chrissy Schneider singled through a hole in the left side of the BSU infield.

Up 2-1, Ripon added three more in the bottom of the fourth to all but seal the win and the doubleheader sweep over the Beavers.

Each of the first three Red Hawks batters to step to the plate in the inning reached base safely loading the basses for Tara Rabideaux. Rabideaux would come through with a piece of clutch hitting rapping a single to right field and advancing to second base on the throw while two runs scored. She would move to third on a Krista Schafer groundout that scored the Red Hawks' third run of the inning.

BSU would record just three hits in the final six innings failing to push any runner past second base after the first inning.

Ripon would take the game 5-1.

The Beavers had their chances in the game stranding seven player on base, but failed to string any hits together to advance those runners.

Allison Willard (Fr., Hutchinson, Minn.) fell to 1-1 on the year pitching six innings allowing eight hits and five earned runs while piling up five strikeouts. Andrea Knorr improved to 2-2 overall sitting down 15 of the 20 batters she faced in five innings of work. Jen Mueller managed the last two innings recording three strikeouts.

The Beavers (4-2) will continue play on their spring break trip tomorrow when they battle Mayville State in a single game set for 1 p.m. at the Coaca Expo Center in Cocoa Beach, Fla.