Beavers battle, fall in both games to Bulldogs
Saturday, April 25, 2009

DULUTH, Minn. (Junction Avenue Field) - The Bemidji State University softball team fell in both games of its second-to-last doubleheader of the season Saturday afternoon against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponent University of Minnesota Duluth.

UMD scored once in both the first and second innings and tacked on two more in the bottom of the fifth with no response from BSU to take the first game 4-0.

BSU mustered three hits, coming from Karissa Hendrickson (So., 3B/2B, Big Lake, Minn.), Amy Klaers (Sr., 3B/C, Elk River, Minn.) and Bridget Smith (Sr., SS, International Falls, Minn.), but couldn’t plate a baserunner.

The Bulldogs were led by Casey Moore, who went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run. Nicole Gale went 2-for-2 with a run scored.

Alison Willard (Sr., P, Hutchinson, Minn.) pitched a complete game and allowed four runs on five hits to fall to 3-11 this year. Kristin Danielson also went the distance. She pitched a three-hit shutout for the Bulldogs and struck out seven Beavers to earn the win.

Minnesota Duluth scored twice in the bottom of both the first and third innings to jump out to a quick lead in the second game of the day. BSU answered with its sole run of the doubleheader in the top of the fifth, but five runs by UMD in the sixth ended the 9-1 game. The Bulldogs cranked out 14 hits to just five by Bemidji State.

Hendrickson again led the way for BSU with her 2-for-3 performance. Klaers notched a run batted in and Brittany Bolstad (Jr., OF, International Falls, Minn.) scored the lone run for Bemidji State.

Moore went 3-for-4 for Minnesota Duluth, driving home two and scoring three. Myriam Trepanier, Taylor Van Damme, Danielson and Mandy Matula all had two hits, and Danielson collected three RBI.

Courtney Anderson (Fr., P, Virginia, Minn.) lasted just 4.0 innings for the Beavers, allowing four runs on nine hits. She took the loss and fell to 4-13 this season. Jordan Anderson (Fr., P, Sartell, Minn.) came on and pitched 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on two hits. Jamie Lund (So., P/OF, Grantsburn, Wisc.) gave up the final two runs and failed to record an out.

Matula pitched a complete game, scattering five hits across 6.0 innings, and allowed just one unearned run for the victory.

Bemidji State was originally slated to play a non-conference doubleheader with the Bulldogs Sunday afternoon, but inclement weather in the Duluth area has caused those games to be cancelled with no makeup date. Therefore the Beavers will have their last two games of the 2009 season April 28 when they travel to play University of Minnesota, Crookston. The first pitch is set to be thrown at 3:00 p.m.