Beavers defeated in 2008 opening double-header with St. Cloud State
Friday, February 22, 2008

ST. CLOUD, Minn.Brittany Bolstad (So., International Falls, Minn.) crossed the plate for the first run of the 2008 campaign for Bemidji State University as the Beavers fell 4-1 in the first game of a double-header with St. Cloud State University Friday evening in the Husky Dome.

Ron Koskie’s tenure as the new head coach of BSU got off to a shaky start, as the Huskies got on the board once in both the third and fourth innings to go ahead 2-0 early.

The Beavers answered in the fifth inning when Karissa Hendrickson (Fr., Big Lake, Minn.) drove home Bolstad to cut the deficit in half.

St. Cloud State answered with two sixth-inning runs, and BSU was unable to match the Huskies in the 4-1 loss. BSU outhit SCSU 6-5, but the Beavers left four batters on base, while they were caught stealing twice.

Kristin Paine (Sr., Chisolm, Minn.) pitched six strong innings in her debut for BSU. She struck out three batters while only walking one, and allowed four earned runs to take the loss. Kaity Strever picked up the win, striking out four and allowing just one run and six hits in seven innings of work.

The second game was nothing like the first. The Huskies scored at least two runs in all four innings, including five in the fifth to go ahead by the final of 12-0. BSU was unable to plate a run, and the game was called after just five innings.

Hendrickson got two of the four hits in the game, and BSU committed its first two errors of the season. St. Cloud State had 10 hits.

Rachel Haines had only one hit for SCSU, but she came away with four runs batted in. Sarah Stalker and Sara Sbragia each had three runs scored, and they combined for 3-for-3 from behind the plate.

Jamie Lund (Fr., Grantsburn, Wis.) gave up five earned runs and nine overall in her first collegiate start. She pitched 3.1 innings and gave up eight hits while striking out two. Allison Willard (Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) came on in relief duty in the fourth inning. She gave up three earned runs, walked three batters and gave up two hits.

Strever pitched four innings in the second game and never allowed a run. She struck out three and walked two in the win.

The Beavers return to action Saturday in the Husky Dome Tournament, with game times and opponents to be announced.