Beavers drop three games in first day of conference play
Saturday, April 5, 2008

WAYNE, Neb. – The Bemidji State University softball team played its first three games of conference play Saturday, dropping all three contests to open the first NSIC Crossover of the season.

All three games were played at Pete Chapman Complex, home of Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. The first game was an 11-4 loss to Winona State, next BSU fell 10-1 to Concordia-St. Paul, and then the Beavers dropped a close 6-4 contest to the host Wildcats.

Bemidji State allowed two runs in the first two innings against the Warriors to fall behind 4-0 early. After getting in the early hole, the Beavers came back with three in the fourth to make the score 5-3. The comeback was quickly stifled by WSU with a six-run bottom of the fourth, and Winona State (17-8, 3-0 NSIC) ended up winning 11-4 on the strength of four home runs and 13 hits. BSU got only one homer from Brittany Bolstad (So., International Falls, Minn.) and five hits.

Kristen Paine (Sr., Chisholm, Minn.) took the loss for Bemidji State. She pitched 3.2 innings, gave up six earned runs on nine hits while striking out two. Jamie Lund (Fr., Grantsburn, Wisc.) came on in relief duty, pitched 2.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits.

Bolstad had three runs batted in, and Mara Johnson (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) was the only player with multiple hits with two.

Despite an eight-hit effort from BSU, Concordia-St. Paul (13-8, 2-0 NSIC) needed only four innings to dispatch of the Beavers in Game Two of the crossover. The Golden Bears scored two runs in the first inning, three in both the second and third, and tacked on two more in the fourth to run-rule BSU 10-1 on the strength of 10 hits.

Allison Willard (Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) took the loss for BSU after lasting just 2.1 innings. She gave up eight earned runs off six hits, while walking four batters and not recording a strikeout. Lund came on again in relief duty, pitching 1.2 innings. She allowed two earned runs on four hits.

Johnson was again the lone Beaver with multiple hits, recording two. She also scored the lone run of the game.

Bemidji State fell behind early again, this time in the third game against Wayne State (16-14, 2-2 NSIC). After giving up four runs in the first two innings, the Beavers responded with four combined runs in the second and third to tie the game up going into the bottom of the fourth. WSC got a game-winning and an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth, and BSU was unable to respond, losing 6-4. The Wildcats earned their runs on the strength of 11 hits, while Bemidji State recorded eight.

Paine received the starting nod again, and lost again. She allowed six earned runs in 4.1 innings, gave up all 11 hits and left without striking out a batter. Willard relieved Paine, finished the final 1.2 innings without allowing a hit and striking out one.

Johnson and Jamie Docken (Sr., Owatonna, Minn.) both homered for the Beavers, combining for three of the four RBI. Docken, this time, was the lone Beaver with multiple hits, recording two.

Bemidji State (1-7, 0-3 NSIC) will look for its first conference victory of the season during Sunday’s doubleheader with Southwest Minnesota State and Upper Iowa. The games will take place at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.