Beavers drop 8-1 and 5-4 decisions to Southwest Minnesota State
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Beavers drop 8-1 and 5-4 decisions to Southwest Minnesota State
MARSHALL, Minn. – Strong pitching and a walk-off homer led the Mustangs of Southwest Minnesota State downed the Bemidji State University softball team in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the Regional Event Center in Marshall.

In the first game, SMSU pitcher Ali Honken tied her career-high with 13 strikeouts, giving up five hits as BSU fell 8-1. The lone run for the Beavers came in the top of the sixth. With two outs on the board, Danika Stelton (So., OF, International Falls, Minn.) hit a triple down the right field line. Nicole Dupay (Fr., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) hit a single to drive in the run. Dupay led the Beavers hitting 2-3 (.667) in the game. Kayla Babinski (So., IF, Devils Lake, N.D.) and Chelsea Cardinal (So., UT, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) both had hits in the game.

The second game saw a much closer battle for Bemidji State. SMSU would again get on the board first, scoring one run in the bottom of the second. However, the Beavers would take the lead in the next frame. Hayley Williams (Jr., OF, Crete, Ill.) started the top of the second with a single up the middle. Ashley Erickson (Jr., UT, Little Falls, Minn.) followed up reaching first on a bunt and advancing Williams to second. Megan Bergeson (Fr., UT, New London-Spicer, Minn.) hit a sacrifice bunt to put the runners on second and third. Courtney Loegering (Jr., OF, Blaine, Minn.) hit single up the middle which scored both Williams and Erickson to take the lead 2-1, she would advance to second on the play. Megan Beard (Jr., IF, Eveleth, Minn.) singled up the middle which put Loegering on third. Stelton then doubled to score Loegering giving the Beavers a 3-1 edge. After giving up three runs on five hits, the Mustangs made a pitching change putting back in Honken who had pitched the first game. Honken then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

The Mustangs and Beavers would then trade runs for the next five innings and the two teams found themselves tied at 4-4 after seven innings. Unfortunately, in the bottom of the eighth, Krista Steen hit a walk-off homer to left center field. Courtney Anderson (Jr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) recorded nine strikeouts in the game while only conceding two earned runs on seven hits.

Bemidji State now drops to 1-9 (0-2 NSIC) on the season. BSU will head to Mankato, Minn. tomorrow to take on Minnesota State in another conference doubleheader slated to begin at noon.

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