BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team ran out of innings in a late comeback attempt against St. Cloud State on a rainy Monday afternoon at the BSU Softball Field. The Beavers dropped a 7-3 decision to the Huskies in the opening game of the scheduled doubleheader, but blustery conditions cancelled the nightcap.
As the light rain and winds swept in during the second inning, St. Cloud State got their bats rolling with two runs in the frame. Kelsey Thompson had an RBI double and Amanda Chancellor knocked in a run with a single.
Thompson and Chancellor did more damage in the third inning. Thompson plated two runs with a double and Chancellor, who ended the day 4-for-4, brought home another run in the Huskies’ five-run inning. Thompson finished the day 2-for-3 with walk and three RBI.
BSU’s offense sputtered early with no hits against SCSU’s Stef Schroeder through the first four innings. But, in the fifth, Bemidji State opened the inning with back-to-back doubles from Jamie Docken (Jr., OF, Owatonna, Minn.) and Bridget Smith (So., INF, Burnsville, Minn.) to plate a run. The next batter, Amy Klaers (So., INF, Elk River, Minn.) knocked in Smith with a single to trim the lead to 7-2 at the end of five innings.
Kristen Paine (Jr., P, Chisholm, Minn.) who entered in relief of Ali Willard (So., P, Hutchinson, Minn.) after the fourth inning shut down the hot bats of the Huskies, facing just two more than the minimum in the final three innings. Paine allowed just one hit and gave up no runs, while striking out one.
In the Beavers’ last chance in the seventh, Klaers drew a walk and moved into scoring position on a single by pinch hitter Jessica Pullar (So., OF, Elk River, Minn.). Klaers later scored on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Katie Prettyman (So., International Falls, Minn.). After the next batter drew a walk, BSU’s rally was ended in a 7-3 loss.
Willard (3-5) took the loss for the Beavers giving up seven runs (seven earned) over four innings, on six hits, while walking five.
Bemidji State (4-13) has a day off and will be back on the field on Wednesday with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest against the Dragons of Minnesota State University, Moorhead. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Extra Bases: Klaers notched a hit in the fifth inning to extend her hitting streak to five games... BSU shortstop Bridget Smith’s double in the fifth also extended her hitting streak to five games... Paine has now pitched at least one complete inning in each of BSU’s last four games... Docken’s double in the fifth was her team-leading fourth of the season.