BSU salvages a split at Northern State
Monday, April 23, 2007

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Bemidji State’s Jamie Docken (Jr., OF, Owatonna, Minn.) hit a three-run homer in the first inning of each game on Monday afternoon against Northern State, but the Beavers were only able to come away with victory in the nightcap by a score of 13-5. BSU dropped the opener 6-3.

Docken’s two home runs tied her for the team lead with Mara Johnson (So., INF, Bemidji, Minn.) at four apiece. Brittany Bolstad also hit a home run in the win for her second of the season. The home runs also establish a new single season, team home run record for BSU. The Beavers have now combined to hit 14 home runs on the season, surpassing the previous standard of 10, set by the 1999 squad.

In the opening game, Docken’s first-inning bomb gave the Beavers a quick 3-0 lead, but it also turned out to be BSU’s only offensive output of the game. NSU pitcher Christi Schulte scattered six Beaver hits over the next six innings to keep them scoreless. BSU’s Johnson was 2-for-3 in the game, and Amy Klaers was 1-for-3 with a triple.

Northern State’s offense strung together a four-run second inning with five hits against BSU hurler Kristen Paine (Jr., P, Chisholm, Minn.). Paine pitched a complete game, but allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits, while striking out three and walking none.

In the nightcap, the Beaver offense was hitting on all cylinders, starting with Docken’s second first-inning, three-run blast of the day. As Alison Willard (So., P, Hutchinson, Minn.) shut down the NSU offense, the Beavers seemed destined for the same offensive results as the first game. After scoring zero runs in the second and third innings, Bolstad stepped to the plate and ended the drought with a lead-off, solo home run. BSU pieced together two more runs in the inning on an RBI double by Katie Prettyman (So., OF, International Falls, Minn.) and a sacrifice fly by Kaitlin Wells (Fr., C/1B, Eagle River, Alaska).

The three-run fourth inning got some momentum going for the Beavers, who posted a seven-run inning in the fifth to take a 13-0 lead. Seven BSU players collected hits in the inning, including a double by Wells, and RBI singles from Michelle Taylor (Jr., INF, St. Michael, Minn.), Prettyman, and Bridget Smith (So., INF, Burnsville, Minn.).

The Wolves put together a too-little-too-late rally with five runs against Willard in the bottom of the fifth before Paine came in and shut the door, getting the last two batters fly out. Willard (5-9) got the win, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits.

Docken went 3-for-3 in the game and was just a triple short of the cycle. She also had three RBI and scored once. Mara Johnson also posted three hits, while Smith, Prettyman, and Bolstad each collected two hits and scored twice apiece.

Bemidji State (7-21; 4-12 NSIC) will travel to Bismarck, N.D., tomorrow to take on the University of Mary in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. BSU and Mary squared off in Bemidji, Minn., earlier this season, with the Beavers taking the opener 4-3 before the Marauders battled back for a 10-0 nightcap win.

Extra Bases: Docken was 4-for-7 on the day with two homers, a double, and six RBI... Six different BSU players collected an RBI in Game 2 and 10 different players scored a run... Johnson was a combined 5-for-7 on the day with a double, four singles, and two runs scored.