BSU offense comes alive in sweep of UM-Crookston
Thursday, April 19, 2007
BSU offense comes alive in sweep of UM-Crookston

BEMIDJI, Minn. – A home run by Amy Klaers (So., INF, Elk River, Minn.) in the opener and another blast by Brittany Bolstad (Fr., OF, International Falls, Minn.) in the nightcap helped Bemidji State University’s offense come alive and cruise to back-to-back wins, 7-3 and 11-3, over Minnesota, Crookston, on Thursday afternoon at the BSU Softball Field.

The Beavers broke open a pitchers’ duel in Game One with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after trailing 3-1 entering the frame. After back-to-back singles by Bridget Smith (So., INF, Burnsville, Minn.) and Mara Johnson (So., INF, Bemidji, Minn.), junior outfielder Jamie Docken (Owatonna, Minn.) roped a double to right-center to bring in Smith and put runners on second and third for Klaers.

And Klaers didn’t miss, nailing a three-run moon shot over the centerfield fence to give BSU the lead by a score of 5-3. The home was Klaers’ first of her two-year career at BSU. Later in the inning, Kaitlin Wells (Fr., 1B/C, Eagle River, Alaska) and Ashley Leopold (Fr., INF, Afton, Minn.) each drove in a run to build a 7-3 cushion enterning the final frame.

Ali Willard (So., P, Hutchinson, Minn.) finished off the Golden Eagles in the seventh for a complete-game victory. Willard (4-6) scattered eight hits, giving up three runs and striking out eight while walking none.

Docken and Klaers each went 2-for-3 in the game for the Beavers, who pounded out 10 hits.

The nightcap was all BSU from the first inning. After giving up a run to UMC in the top of the first, the Beavers responded with nine runs of their own in their biggest inning of the season.

BSU had nine hits in the inning, including RBI triples from Docken and Leopold, and RBI singles from Smith and Klaers. Kasey Callison (So., INF, Eagle River, Alaska) knocked in two runs with a double to the game in left-center, and Katie Prettyman (So., OF, International Falls, Minn.) notched an RBI double of her own during the hit-barrage.

The Beavers added a run in the second with a home-run blast from Bolstad and one more in the fourth with Callison’s second RBI double of the game. The homer was the first of Bolstad’s young career.

Kristen Paine (Jr., P, Chisholm, Minn.) hurled for BSU, throwing a complete game and allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits and struck out seven while walking none. Paine’s record improved to 2-6 on the season.

The Beavers (6-15; 3-6 NSIC) will play their sixth doubleheader in seven days tomorrow in Aberdeen, S.D., against Northern State University. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m., against the 2-29 Wolves.

Extra Bases: BSU’s 3-6 hitters (Smith, Johnson, Docken, Klaers) were a combined 12-for-20 (.600) on the day with three extra base hits and seven RBI... Every Beaver starter got a hit in the second game of the doubleheader as BSU was 14-for 26 (.538) in the nightcap... BSU starting pitchers Willard and Paine did not surrender a walk during the combined 12 innings pitched... Eight different BSU players collected an RBI in the doubleheader.