Softball splits doubleheader home opener to Crookston
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Softball splits doubleheader home opener to Crookston
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A five-run fifth inning by the Bemidji State University softball team led the Beavers past Minnesota, Crookston 6-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles picked up a 5-0 win in the second game forcing a split for the Beavers’ home opening day.

Starting off the first game on the twin-bill, Jamie Ford (Sr., OF, Edina, Minn.) singled to right field to get on base. Ford would then steal second while Kaitlin Hill (Fr., IF, Dayton, Minn.) was up to bat. Hill then knocked a base-hit to left field which allowed Ford to score, giving the Beavers an early 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Minnesota, Crookston’s Serena Diederichs would bat in a tying-run for the Golden Eagles. The run would be the only given up by Beaver pitcher Courtney Anderson (So., Virginia, Minn.) in the seven innings.

BSU’s bats heated up in the fifth as the Beavers hit three doubles in the inning. With two runners on base, Stephanie Rossman (Fr., C/IF, Menomonee Falls, Wis.) doubled to left field driving home Erin Emanuel (Fr., IF, Esko, Minn.) and Ford. On the play Rossman was tagged out trying to advance to third for the second out of the inning. Hill was the next batter up and doubled to center field, and Chelsea Cardinal (Fr., P/OF, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) was walked, putting two runners back on base for the Beavers. Crystal Bowen (Fr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) knocked in the final double of the inning for the Beavers scoring both Cardinal and Hill. Bowen then scored on a throwing error when UMC’s third baseman tried to get Kayla Babinski (Fr., IF, Devils Lake, N.D.) out at first. BSU closed out the fifth inning with five runs on four hits, with 1 error, leaving two on base.

Bemidji State held on and closed out the remainder of the game only surrendering one hit. Anderson (1-4) pitched a complete game only giving up one earned run on five hits, while striking out eight Golden Eagle batters.

A light rain welcomed the start of the second game on the day. Despite the non-ideal weather conditions the two teams battled for four innings before any runs were scored. Two errors committed by the Beavers in the fifth inning gave the Golden Eagles the opportunity to score four quick runs. UMC would then put another run up on the board in the sixth giving them a 5-0 lead late in the game.

Bemidji State was unable to respond and dropped the game without scoring a run. Kelsey Saralampi (1-5) (Fr., P/OF, Esko, Minn.) only gave up two earned runs in the loss for the Beavers while striking out one batter. Cardinal also picked up one strikeout finishing out the last three innings in the circle for the Beavers.

BSU will be back in action on Wednesday heading to Crookston for a mid-week doubleheader against the Golden Eagles. The twin-bill is slated to start at 3 p.m.

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