ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team was unable to follow up last night’s victory with more of the same, dropping back-to-back games on Tuesday at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Crossover in St. Paul, Minn. BSU lost their first game of the day to Concordia-St. Paul, 10-2, before dropping the nightcap 8-1 to Upper Iowa University.
Against CSP, the Beavers held the game close for the first three innings, moving a runner around with three hits and a run in the second inning. Katie Prettyman (So., OF, International Falls, Minn.) notched the RBI with a single up the middle to score freshman Kaitlin Wells (Fr., C, Eagle River, Alaska).
But, the Golden Bears broke open a 3-1 game with six runs in the third inning to take a commanding 9-1 lead. CSP got to Bemidji State’s Kristen Paine with six hits in the inning.
The Beavers responded with a run in the fourth inning on a solo home run by junior Jamie Docken (OF, Owatonna, Minn.) and held CSP scoreless in the bottom of the fourth. The round-tripper was Docken’s second of the season.
BSU was unable to muster up any more offense and the Golden Bears scored a run in the home half of the fifth to inflict the eight-run mercy rule and end the game at 10-2.
Paine pitched a complete game for BSU, but gave up 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits, while striking out one and walking four.
Prettyman was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and an RBI. BSU slugger Mara Johnson (So., INF, Bemidji, Minn.), who homered in each of Bemidji State’s three games yesterday, didn’t get much of a chance to have a fourth consecutive game with a homer, as she was walked in both plate appearances.
In the nightcap, BSU scored what turned out to be their only offense of the game with a run in the top of the first inning. Upper Iowa responded with four runs in the bottom of the first, three more in the second, and one in the third against the Beavers’ Ali Willard (Fr., P, Hutchinson, Minn.)
Prettyman and Docken started their second game much like their first game of the day. Prettyman, BSU’s second hitter doubled to left field and Docken, the next hitter, roped a single up the middle for a 1-0 lead before the Peacock offense came alive.
The Peacocks managed 12 hits in the game, 11 of which were singles. But, three BSU errors helped move the runners along and led to two unearned runs.
Willard pitched a complete game giving up eight runs (six earned), while striking out two and walking four batters. The Beavers got just five hits in the game, including a 2-for-3 performance from two-sport student-athlete Ashley Leopold (Fr., DH, Afton, Minn.). Leopold, who also plays ice hockey for BSU, played in just her fifth game of the season.
With the two losses the Beavers’ record drops to 1-4 in the NSIC and 1-11 overall.
BSU is scheduled to be back at home in their 2007 home opener against the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs on Wednesday, April 11, with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The Beavers are 2-2 in their last four home openers including a 1-0 win over Mayville State last season.
Extra Bases: Leopold is now 5-for-10 (.500) on the season with a home run... Docken has six hits in the season, five of which were for extra bases... Johnson’s streak of three consecutive game with a home run ended with two walks in her only plate appearances in game one.