Beavers drop doubleheader to the University of Mary
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Beavers drop doubleheader to the University of Mary

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team lost a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader to the University of Mary with scores of 3-1 and 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

In the 3-1 decision, the Beavers scored their lone run off of nine hits while committing two errors. Kaitlin Hill (Fr., IF, Dayton, Minn.) hit a lead-off single in the first inning, before stealing second base. Stephanie Rossman (Fr., C, Menomonee Falls, Wis.), hitting in the third spot, singled to score Hill, giving the Beavers an early lead. BSU would hold onto the one-run lead until the fifth inning, when the Marauders scored a tying run.

The game would stay tied at one-a-piece after seven innings bringing up extra innings for the second time this season. BSU would go three up, three down in the top of the eighth. U-Mary’s first batter of the inning doubled to center field. Just on the second batter of the inning for the Marauders, Desi Smith, hit a two-run homer over the left field wall to win the game.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Courtney Anderson (Virginia, Minn.) was in the circle for the Beavers. The game was the second consecutive to go into extra innings for the sophomore right-hander. Facing thirty batters, Anderson (1-7) gave up six hits and struck-out four.

In the nightcap, the Beavers scored one run on five hits while committing three errors. Bemidji State jumped on the board first yet again, this time capitalizing on two errors and a wild pitch committed by the Marauders in the second inning. Chelsea Cardinal (Fr., OF, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) was walked to begin the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. An error by U-Mary’s shortstop allowed Jamie Ford (Sr., OF, Edina, Minn.) to get on base, while moving Cardinal to third. An error by the U-Mary catcher then allowed Cardinal to score the unearned run for the Beavers. However, it would be the last run the Beavers would score as U-Mary would go on to score four unanswered to win the game 4-1.

Freshman left-handed pitcher Kelsey Saralampi (Esko, Minn.) was in for the Beavers in the second game. Saralampi (2-7). Facing 27 batters, Saralampi gave up seven hits while striking-out four Marauders.

Next up for the BSU Beavers is a five-day road trip that will cover four different states. The first stop on the itinerary will be at Winona on Saturday, April 10, where the Beavers will take on NSIC foe Winona State in a doubleheader slated to begin at noon.

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