BSU goes 3-1 over two-day stretch
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
BSU goes 3-1 over two-day stretch
Valley City, N.D. - The Bemidji State University softball team picked up a trio of wins over a two day stretch midweek, sweeping North Dakota State College of Science on Monday with scores of 13-2 and 11-4, before splitting on Tuesday with Valley City State with scores of 8-5 and 3-7.

With their first sweep of the season the Beavers went on an offensive blitz with 28 hits on the day against the NDSCS Wildcats. In the first game BSU had 13 runs on 13 hits while committing four errors. Sydney Epema (So., IF, Crookston, Minn.) had two hits in the game and batted in three Beaver runners. Jamie Ford (Sr., OF, Edina, Minn.) only had one hit, but it came in the form of a two-run homer. Crystal Bowen (Fr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) had one of the best performances of her freshman campaign going 3-3 at the plate, including a home-run hit. Bowen also batted in three Beavers. Rounding out the home runs, Stephanie Rossman (Fr., C, Menomonee Falls, Wis.) recorded her fourth on the season.

The slugfest continued in the second game of the day with BSU getting 11 runs on 15 hits while committing two errors. Ford went 1-4 at the plate, with her lone hit being a three-run homer, her fourth of the season and second on the day.  Epema recorded three RBI on the day. Bowen had another stellar performance batting 3-5 (.600). She recorded two single home run pops giving her three homers on the day. Erin Emanuel (Fr., IF, Esko, Minn.) went 2-3 (.667) in the game recording two runs and batting in two more.

The Beavers finished Monday picking up their first sweep over an opponent since defeating Penn State Beaver twice on March 8, 2009.

On Tuesday, Bemidji State took on Valley City State for the third and fourth times this season. Already losing twice to the Vikings this season, the Beavers looked for some revenge. BSU would have their vengeance scoring eight runs on 10 hits while only committing one error in the day’s first game.

Epema, Ford, and Bowen, all chipped in two RBI each to help the Beavers win 8-5. BSU shared the wealth on offense as eight-of-nine batters recorded hits in the game. Down 5-2 after five innings, a six-run sixth inning helped secure the win for BSU. The Beavers shutdown the VCSU offense in the last two innings forcing the Vikings three up, three down in the sixth and seventh to clinch the pay-back victory.

However, the Beavers would fall in the final game of the day only recording three runs on seven hits. Kaitlin Hill (Fr., IF, Dayton, Minn.) batted 2-3 (.667) hitting two doubles in the game. Rossman batted 2-2 recording one RBI.

The Beaver softball team concludes its five-day road trip with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader against the Wolves of Northern State on Wednesday. Game time is set to begin at 2 p.m.

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