Softball picks up 300th program win in split against MSUM
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Softball picks up 300th program win in split against MSUM
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University softball team won it’s 300th game in program history on Wednesday afternoon downing the MSU Moorhead Dragons 5-3, before dropping the second game of the doubleheader 2-1 in extra innings. The games were originally scheduled to be played in Moorhead, but due to unplayable field conditions were played in Bemidji.

Kelsey Saralampi (So., LHP, Esko, Minn.) picked up her first win of the season pitching six innings. She held the MSU Moorhead batters to just two earned runs on five hits and recorded four strikeouts. Leading off the top of the first inning, the Beavers scored three runs off two hits. The first run was scored by Nicole Dupay (Fr., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) after a wild pitch left home plate unattended. With two outs, Kayla Babinski (So., IF, Devils Lake, Minn.) singled up the middle and drove home Crystal Bowen (So., IF, Duluth Minn.) and Hayley Williams (Jr., OF, Crete, Ill.) to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first.

The bottom of the first saw one runner reach on a fielding error, but Williams made two great defensive plays in left field, including a full extended dive on a fly ball, to keep the Dragons off the board.

MSU Moorhead would later bring the score within one after notching two runs on two hits and one error in the bottom of the fourth. However, the Beavers would respond in the top of the fifth with two runs of their own. After getting on base from a walk, Williams stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch with two outs in the inning. Williams would later score on fielding error which also put Megan Beard (Jr., IF, Evelth, Minn.) on base. Beard would then steal second while Babinski was at bat. Babinski would then double to center field scoring Beard to put the Beavers up 5-2.

MSUM scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, but it would be too little too late for the Dragons. In the bottom of the seventh Courtney Anderson (Jr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) relieved Saralampi in the circle. Anderson would then record two strikeouts to get her first save of the season. In total for the game, Babinski went 3-3 (1.00) at the plate and batted in three runs.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Beavers would record 11 hits, but fail to score more than one run and would lose the game off a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. Seven different batters recorded hits in the game for Bemidji State, including two for Megan Bergeson (Fr., UT, New London-Spicer, Minn.), Bowen, Beard, and Babinski.

BSU would take the lead in the top of the fourth. Williams led off for the Beavers and got on first after being walked. A sacrifice bunt by Bowen would advance Williams to second. During the next at bat, Beard would single through the left side to score Williams.

With the 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, two fielding errors by the Beavers would prove costly as it enabled the Dragons to tied the game up and force extra innings. Bemidji State got one hit in the top of the eighth from Bowen, but no other batter was able to drive her home. In the bottom of the eighth on the second pitch, Molly Keeler would hit a walk-off homer over the left field wall to end the game.

With the split the Beavers are now 2-16 (1-9 NSIC) on the season. Bemidji State will travel to the University of Minnesota Duluth this weekend for two doubleheaders against the Bulldogs. Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at noon.

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