Northern State run rules, rallies late for sweep of Bemidji State
Monday, April 20, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Softball Field) - The Bemidji State University softball team drop two heartbreakers at home Monday afternoon in the blistering cold temperatures to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponent Northern State University.

BSU (8-22, 3-15 NSIC) was run-ruled in five innings 12-3 in the opener, and the Wolves (5-29, 3-17 NSIC) came back in the final inning to take the second game of the series 2-1.

In the first game of the day, Bemidji State fell behind 3-0 after the fourth inning, and gave up nine runs in the top of the fifth. The home black and green squad could only respond with three runs in the home half of the fifth to end the game 12-3. BSU was outhit 14-7 in the opener.

Jamie Lund (So., P/OF, Grantsburn, Wisc.) took the mound for Bemidji State, and lasted 4.0 innings. She allowed six runs and nine hits, falling to 1-3 on the year. Alison Willard (Sr., P, Hutchinson, Minn.) came on in the top of the fifth after Lund loaded the bases and was unable to record an out. Willard pitched the final inning and gave up five hits and six runs (five earned).

Kelli Bornander lasted 4.1 innings and gave up six hits and three runs. Kadie Lydon threw the final 0.2 innings and allowed just one hit while blanking the Beavers.

Mara Johnson (Sr., 2B, Bemidji, Minn.) led BSU at the plate with a 2-for-3 outing. Rachel South was 3-for-4 to pace the Wolves, and four other members of the road team collected two hits. Sarah Curley was 2-for-3 with three RBI, and South, Whitney Luhring and Brooke Norris all scored twice.

Karissa Hendrickson (So., 3B/2B, Big Lake, Minn.) led off the second game with a base hit, and she scored to give Bemidji State a 1-0 lead when Amy Klaers (Sr., 3B/C, Elk River, Minn.) drove her home with a single. Courtney Anderson (Fr., P, Virginia, Minn.) was working a shutout until she gave up two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to hand Northern State the sweep.

Anderson scattered six hits over 7.0 innings, and allowed the two crucial runs in the final inning. She struck out three and walked just one to fall to 4-11 this year. Breanna Milnes pitched a three-hit gem, striking out five and allowing just one run to earn the win.

Brittany Bolstad (Jr., OF, International Falls, Minn.) was the only Beaver to manage a hit after the first inning. Ashley Gabler and Curley each collected two hits for NSU, and they both had an RBI. Lindsey Cegla and Cat Zimmerman crossed the plate in the seventh for the Wolves.

The Beavers will take the field again at 2:00 p.m. April 22 in Moorhead, Minn., against Minnesota State University Moorhead.