Beavers shutdown UMC in doubleheader sweep
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Beavers shutdown UMC in doubleheader sweep
CROOKSTON, Minn. – Recording a season high 11 runs in a single game, the Bemidji State University softball team capped off a doubleheader sweep over the University of Minnesota, Crookston 11-3 after taking the first game 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. The sweep was the first by the Beavers since April 17, 2008, which was also against the Golden Eagles.

The first game was a defensive battle as neither side could accumulate many hits, as the Beavers recorded three and the Golden Eagles recorded five. Minnesota, Crookston would strike first getting a lone run in the bottom of the second inning. However, the pitching duo of Kelsey Saralampi (So., LHP, Esko, Minn.) and Courtney Anderson (Jr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) would hold UMC scoreless for the rest of the game.

Chelsea Cardinal (So., UT, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) started the fifth inning for by getting on base after being walked. Kayla Minarich (So., OF, Crosby, Minn.) went in to pinch run for Cardinal. Minarich then advanced to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Ashly Erickson (Jr., UT, Little Falls, Minn.). Courtney Loegering  (Jr., OF, Blaine, Minn.) then hit her first homer of the season to put the Beavers on the board and gain a 2-1 lead over the Golden Eagles.

Saralampi then closed out the fifth and sixth innings only conceding one hit and one walk on eight batters before Anderson would come in to close the game. The Golden Eagles got one hit, but Anderson recorded two strikeouts to keep the win for Saralampi and claim her second save of the season.

After a quiet three-hit game, the Beavers found their groove on offense to close out the doubleheader with 14 hits scoring 11 runs, both season highs for the team. Just like in the first game, UMC would get on the board first, but this time it wouldn’t matter as the Beavers would go on to score six runs in the fifth inning alone.

Getting the save in the first game, Anderson made the start in the circle for the Beavers. Anderson would pitch six strikeouts in the game giving up three runs on eight hits to record her third win of the season.

With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Crystal Bowen (So., IF, Duluth, Minn.) scored for the Beavers after Megan Bergeson (Fr., UT, New London-Spicer, Minn.) was hit by a pitch. The run would tie the game at 1-1, but the Golden Eagles would score one more to take back the lead heading into the fifth.

Danika Stelton (So., OF, International Falls, Minn.) led off the inning for the Beavers by getting on base after being walked. Hayley Williams (Jr., OF, Crete, Ill.) followed up by reaching on a error and advanced to second with Stelton reaching third. With two on base, Megan Beard (Jr., IF, Eveleth, Minn.) crushed the ball over the outfield fence for her second homer of the season to put the Beavers up 4-. After one out, Bowen reached on a walk and advanced to second after Loegering singled. Erickson then grounded out, but it wasn’t in vain as it moved the runners to second and third. Bergeson then got on first after being hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, Nicole Dupay (Fr., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) was walked scoring Bowen. Stelton then finished the scoring for the Beavers in the inning with a two-RBI single scoring Loegering and Bergeson.

In the sixth inning, Bemidji State then tacked on three more runs with Kayla Babinski (So., IF, Devils Lake, N.D.), Loegering and Bowen all scoring for the Beavers. Bergeson picked up two RBI in the inning and Loegering picked up the third. A lone run by Babinski in the seventh topped off the Beavers season-best 11-run game.

Stelton hit 3-6 (.500) in the two games and recorded two RBI and one run. Babinski batted 4-8 (.500) with two runs on the day. Loegering went 3-8 (.375) in the doubleheader and recorded four RBI and two runs. The Beavers scored more runs in the fifth inning than in any single game so far this season. The 11 runs were the most by the Beavers since a 13-12 win over Mayville State on March 5, 2010.

Bemidji State (5-23, 4-16 NSIC) return home for a doubleheader against the University of Mary tomorrow afternoon at the BSU Softball Field. The first game is slated to begin at noon.

- bsu -