BSU splits with Wolves in Monday doubleheader
Monday, April 25, 2011
BSU splits with Wolves in Monday doubleheader
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Picking up its second Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win on the season the Bemidji State University softball team downed the Northern State University Wolves 3-2 in nine innings before dropping the second game 3-0 on Monday afternoon at the BSU Softball Field.

Northern State opened the scoring in both games and started off the day by going up 2-0 in the first inning of the first game. Hayley Williams (Jr., OF, Crete, Ill.) led off the inning for the Beavers hitting a single to center field. Williams then stole second on a failed pick-off attempt. With one out Megan Beard (Jr., IF, Eveleth, Minn.) singled up the middle to reach first, advancing Williams to third. Kayla Babinski (So., IF, Devils Lake, N.D.) batted next for the Beavers and followed Beard’s lead driving one up the middle to score Williams. Chelsea Cardinal (So., UT, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) kept the hits coming for the Beavers and knocked one out to center field scoring Beard, however the Wolves were able to get Babinski out at home to keep the score tied at 2-2.

Kelsey Saralampi (So., LHP, Esko, Minn.) got the next six of seven NSU batters out to close out the next two innings. Heading into the seventh Courtney Anderson (Jr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) came in for relief and conceded only one hit in the seventh inning and no hits in the extra innings. In the bottom of the ninth inning with one inning Beard was back up to bat and singled up the middle on the first pitch. Babinski reached first on the next at bat after being hit by the pitch. Cardinal then grounded out for the second out of the inning, but it advanced Beard and Babinski to third and second. Nicole Dupay (Fr., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) came in to pinch hit for Ashly Erickson (Jr., UT, Little Falls, Minn.). Dupay hit the ball towards NSU’s second baseman Lindsey Hubler, but Hubler made a bad throw to first allowing Beard to score the winning run for the Beavers.

With the extra inning work by Anderson, Saralampi entered back into the starting line up for the second game of the doubleheader. Just like in the first game, Northern State would strike early, this time putting up two runs in the second and one run in the third. After giving up one earned run on five hits, Anderson went back into the circle for the Beavers. When Anderson entered the game, the Wovles had runners on first and third and led 2-0. Northern State’s Hubler hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score one run in the inning. The run went against Saralampi as Anderson would pitch 4.2 innings worth of work, recording seven strikeouts and only conceding one hit. Unfortunately, the Beavers were unable to get on the scoreboard on six hits in the contest as the Wolves went on to force the split winning 3-0.

The Beavers are 2-1 in conference games when scoring more than two runs. Beard went 4-7 (.572) on the day scoring two runs. Anderson had a total of 7.2 innings pitched in the doubleheader recording 9 strikeouts and gave up no runs on only two hits allowed.

Bemidji State (3-23, 2-16 NSIC) will now travel to Crookston, Minn. to take on the University of Minnesota, Crookston in a NSIC doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. The Beavers will then return home on Wednesday to face the University of Mary for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at noon.

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