CROOKSTON, Minn. – Kristin Paine (Sr., Chisholm, Minn.) threw her first-career no-hitter to lead the Bemidji State softball team to a two-game sweep over the University of Minnesota, Crookston Thursday at the UMC Softball Field.
Paine had her best outing of the season, going five strong innings while allowing no runs in her fourth complete game of the season. She struck out two and walked two to move to 1-7 on the season.
The Beaver bats came alive in the two-game sweep, sending four balls over the fences and winning by scores of 8-0 and 11-1, run-ruling UMC in both outings. Bemidji State cranked out 23 hits in the two games. The 10-run margin in Game 2 was the largest margin of victory since April 28, 2007, when BSU defeated these same Golden Eagles by a score of 14-2, and the first-game shutout was the first since an April 14, 2006 game against UMC.
In the first game, Amy Klaers (Jr., Elk River, Minn.), Bridget Smith (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) and Jamie Ford (So., Edina, Minn.) all blasted round-trippers. The Beavers plated runs in the second (4), third (2) and fifth innings (2).
Five players recorded multiple hits, led by Ford’s three runs batted in and Klaer’s three runs scored.
The second game of the series sweep was highlighted by eight BSU runs in the second inning and another three in the top of the fifth. The only thing stopping Bemidji State from getting two-straight shutouts was one run by UMC (6-15, 0-9 NSIC) in the final inning of play.
Mara Johnson (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) hit a home run in an impressive outing. She went 2-for-2 from the plate with three RBI and two runs scored.
Four other Beavers had multiple hits, and Johnson led the way with her three RBI. Three players crossed the plate twice.
Allison Willard (Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) pitched her second complete game of the season, going five innnings and giving up three hits and just one earned run. She struck out five and walked zero, moving to 2-5 on the season.
Bemidji State hasn’t lost a game to the Golden Eagles since April 18, 2006.
BSU (3-13, 2-7 NSIC) enters the second and final NSIC Crossover Saturday and Sunday, which will be played in Bismarck, N.D., at Brad Walsh Park.