BSU splits twin bill to Huskies
Thursday, April 1, 2010
BSU splits twin bill to Huskies
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team played a total of 18 innings Thursday afternoon in a doubleheader against St. Cloud State that saw the Huskies take the first game 5-2, in 11 innings, with the Beavers rallying in the nightcap 2-0 to force the split. With the shutout win the Beavers pick up their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win of the season.

The opener was a defensive battle as both teams had trouble getting on base. St. Cloud State would score one run in both the second and fourth innings. Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning down 2-0 and having only 2 hits up to that point, the Beavers looked to make push to win the game.

With one out, Chelsea Cardinal (Fr., P/OF, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) doubled to left center putting herself in scoring position. Courtney Anderson (So., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) grounded out to second base advancing Cardinal to third. Kayla Babinski (Fr., IF, Devils Lake, N.D.) hit a single to left field scoring Cardinal on the play. The next at bat, Sydney Epema (So., Crookston, Minn.) knocked on into center field driving home Babinski to tie the game at 2-2. However, the Beavers were unable to capitalize with Epema on second and the Huskies sent the game into extra innings.

In three extra innings, neither team could gain an advantage over the other. It wasn’t until the 11th inning when the game-winning run was scored. St. Cloud State scored three runs at the top of the 11th to claim a 5-2 victory over the Beavers.

Anderson (1-6) pitched all 11 innings for BSU throwing seven strikeouts, including two in the extra innings. Anderson only gave up four earned runs on 10 hits in the lengthy game.

Heading into the nightcap, Bemidji State jumped on the board early behind a run by Jamie Ford (Sr., OF, Edina, Minn.). Ford got on base by a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a single by Stephanie Rossman (Fr., C, Menomomnee Falls, Minn.).In a botched run-down play by the Huskies, both Ford and Rossman stole bases to put the runners on third and second, respectively. Ford then crossed home plate as Crystal Bowen (Fr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) reached first on a fielding error.

In the bottom of the fifth inning the Beavers knocked in their second run of the game behind a single down the left line by Rossman. Erin Emaunel (Fr., IF, Esko, Minn.) was on second base and rounded third on the play to give the Beavers a late 2-0 lead.

The decisive factor in the second game was the pitching by left hander Kelsey Saralampi (Fr., Esko, Minn.). Saralampi (2-6) retired the last 11 St. Cloud State batters to help the Beavers win their first conference game of the season. She pitched all seven innings only surrendering three hits and walking one. With six strikeouts in the game, Saralampi also forced 4 three up, three down innings out of St. Cloud State.

The shutout is the first of Saralampi’s career, and the first for the BSU Softball team since April 29, 2008 when the Beavers beat Northern State 1-0.

The Beavers will now hit the road for the next two weeks. Next week on April 7, the Beavers take on NSIC foe University of Mary in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in Bismarck, N.D.

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