Beavers take advantage of UWS miscues in 9-3 game one win
Friday, April 27, 2007

BEMIDJI, Minn. –- The Bemidji State University softball team split a non-conference double header with the University of Wisconsin-Superior Tuesday at the BSU Softball Field. After earning a 9-3 victory in game one, the Beavers were held to just one run in the night cap dropping the game in eight innings, 2-1, on a day in witch the team honored its parents and lone senior.

Bemidji State scored early and often in the opener. Jamie Docken (Jr., OF, Owatonna, Minn.) got the Beavers on the board in the home half of the second igniting a four-hit, four-run frame with a base rap up the middle. Brittany Bolstad (Fr., LF, International Falls, Minn.) followed with a walk and advanced to third when Kasey Callison (So., 1B, Eagle River, Alaska) reached and drove Docken home on a error by the Yellow Jacket pitcher. Bolstad scored from third to lift BSU's lead to 2-0 when UWS caught Callison stealing. Katie Prettyman (So., CF, International Falls, Minn.) finished BSU's scoring in the second finding a gap in left-center filed for a double that scored Ashley Leopold (Fr., 2B, Afton, Minn.) and Megan McDonald (Jr., C, Warroad, Minn.).

The Beavers would strike again in the third adding two more to extend their lead to 6-0.

Bemidji, Minn. native Mara Johnson (So., DP) got things started with a double to left-center field. After Docken reached on a error advancing Johnson to third, the Beavers executed the double steal to go up 5-0. Callison would drive Docken in on a single before the Beavers went down in the inning.

After facing just 10 betters and holding the Yellow Jackets hitless through three innings, BSU hurler Allison Willard (So., P, Hutchinson, Minn.) gave up back-to-back hits to begin the fourth and would load the bases before recording an out. UWS went on to drive in three runs cutting the deficit to 6-3.

But Willard would close the deal holding UW-Superior scoreless through the last three innings to record her sixth victory of the season.

She allowed seven hits and three runs (all earned) in the complete game win striking out five while walking five.

The Beavers would add a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to finish the game up 9-3.

For UWS Alyson Lundberg took the loss, her first of the season (0-1), pitching three innings allowing seven hits and six runs (two earned). Samantha Rust would give up just one hit in three innings of relief although the Beavers scored three unearned runs while she was on the mound.

In the night cap, each team was held scoreless through three full innings.

BSU was the first to light the scoreboard when Amy Klaers (So., 3B, Elk River, Minn.) drove in her 15th RBI of 2007 scoring Jessica Pullar (Jr., LF, Elk River, Minn.) from second base on a double to the gap.

The Yellow Jackets responded in the top of the fifth.

After putting runners on first and third with just out, WSU scored a run when BSU got crossed up on an double steal.

The score remained locked at 1-1 through the final two innings of scheduled play as BSU and UWS combined for just two hits.

Wisconsin-Superior threatened in the top of the seventh when Jamie Lovestad tripled down the right field line with one out. But the BSU second baseman Michelle Taylor (Jr., 2B, St. Michael, Minn.) cleanly fielded a ground ball and threw home to get Lovestad at the plate. The Beavers then completed the double play catching the UWS runner in a run down between first and second.

The Yellow Jackets retired BSU in order in the bottom of the seventh sending the game to extra innings and putting the international tie-breaker into effect. In this situation, each team began each remaining inning with a runner on second base.

Wisconsin-Superior took advantage of the extra runner.

The team advanced her to third base on a bunt and Lundberg drove her home on a ground ball that resulted in a close play at the plate.

BSU failed to record a hit or advance its extra runner in the bottom of the inning dropping the game 2-1.

Senior Lindsey Imhoff (Little Fork, Minn.) took the loss for Bemidji State (0-5). She pitched eight innings and allowed just four hits and two runs (one eared) while piling up four strike outs on the day.

Jen Reid matched Imhoff inning-for-inning going the distance for the victory. She recorded eight strike outs and gave up just four hits and one run.

The Beavers (8-24, 4-14 NSIC) continue play tomorrow as they travel to Crookston, Minn. to battle the University of Minnesota, Crookston in a rare non-conference tilt with the Golden Eagles. BSU and UMC met for an NSIC double dip April 19th in which the Beavers came away with 7-3 and 11-3 victories. First pitch of the double-header is slated for 12 p.m.