BSU drops final two games of Husky Dome Invite by 3 total runs
Sunday, March 1, 2009

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team was defeated in its final two games of the Husky Dome Invitational in St. Cloud, Minn. The Beavers lost Saturday night 5-4 to Valley City State University, and was taken down 2-0 by host team St. Cloud State University Sunday evening.

Bemidji State (0-4) went toe-to-toe with the Vikings, as each team put four on the board in the first two innings. A single run in the top of the fourth and a stagnant BSU offense late in the game was enough for VCSU to take down the Beavers.

Courtney Anderson (Fr., P, Virginia, Minn.) started for the first time in her career, and she responded with 7.0 strong innings. She allowed four earned runs and six hits, while striking out seven and not allowing a walk.

Paige Smith also went the distance, allowing three earned runs and four hits, while walking two and striking out six for Valley City State.

Kasey Callison (Sr., 1B, Eagle River, Alaska) was the best offensive threat for the green and white, as she finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Mara Johnson (Sr., 2B, Bemidji, Minn.) and Jamie Ford (Jr., OF, Edina, Minn.) were both 1-for-3, and they both had one run batted in. Ford and Alison Willard (Sr., P, Hutchinson, Minn.) scored the other two BSU runs.

Sunday’s contest between BSU and the Huskies turned into a pitchers duel, with neither team able to cross the plate until late in the game.

SCSU (5-13) scored once in both the fifth and sixth innings, and Bemidji State was only able to muster one hit in the losing effort. The lone BSU hit came from Callison, who went 1-for-3 at the plate, and the Huskies finished with 10 hits.

Anderson took the ball for the second-straight game, and had an even better go this time around. She responded with 6.0 innings and just the two runs. She struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. In three appearances this year, Anderson has yet to allow a walk.

Brit Krieg pitched all 7.0 innings for St. Cloud State and allowed just one hit. She struck out five and also didn’t allow a walk.

Bemidji State will look to get on the right track next weekend when the team travels to Ft. Pierce, Fla., for Florida Coast Softball.

The Beavers get underway Mar. 6 with a doubleheader against Marywood University, and will play doubleheaders in Florida on Mar. 6-8 and 10.