Bemidji State falls to UMD and MSU Moorhead to open 2012 campaign
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Bemidji State falls to UMD and MSU Moorhead to open 2012 campaign
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team was swept by NSIC foes University of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State University Moorhead to open the 2012 campaign Tuesday at Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights, Minn. The Beavers were one-hit by the Bulldogs in the first game and fell 7-0, an error in the fourth inning lifted the Dragons over BSU 3-1 in the second game.

“Today was the first step in the program moving forward,” said head coach Rick Supinski. “Just getting to see the players outside of the gym was important, the outfielders being able to take pop flies, the infielders taking ground balls on grass instead of concrete. We have several areas we need to improve in as the season progresses. We need to be able to put up more runs and we need to do a better job of executing our bunts at a better level.”

To open the season, UMD pitcher Megan Mullen threw a one-hit shutout against the Beavers. BSU’s lone hit came as freshman Kelly Richards (C, Virginia, Minn.) singled in the third inning. Bemidji State ace Courtney Anderson (Sr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) got the start from Supinski, coaching his first game at the healm of the BSU program. Anderson threw five innings and gave up five runs, two of which were earned. Kelsey Saralampi (Jr., LHP, Esko, Minn.) relieved Anderson in the sixth inning and pitched the final two innings.

In game two of the day the Beavers got off to a quick start as Nicole Dupay (So., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) led off the game with a single off the MSU Moorhead pitcher. Crystal Bowen (Jr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) drove in Dupay with a single. BSU then got two more singles in the first inning as Kayla Babinski (Jr., IF, Devil’s Lake, N.D.) and Richards got on base but the Beavers scoring chances ended as Bowen was thrown out at the plate on Richards’ single.

MSU Moorhead responded in the bottom of the first with a run after back-to-back doubles to knot the game at 1-1.

The Dragons took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs and a batter on third that was walked and a batter on first who singled, the BSU catcher made an error on a throw to third base allowing both runners to score and give MSU Moorhead a 3-1 advantage.

The Dragons would hang on for the 3-1 victory over Bemidji State.

Despite the loss, the Beavers were paced by a strong pitching performance from freshman Allison Roberts (RHP, Crystal, Minn.) who pitched a complete game allowing only six hits.

“Allison really kept Moorhead off balance with her change-up,” Supinski said. “She wasn’t striking out a lot of batters but really forced them to hit the ball into the ground. Allison was really the bright spot of the day. She threw seven solid inning and hopefully we can build on her solid pitching as we move forward into tomorrow’s games.”

The Beavers had seven hits against the Dragons led by a 2-for-4 performance from Dupay and a 2-for-3 day for freshman first baseman Cassie MacArhur (Cottage Grove, Minn.)

Bemidji State will play a doubleheader against University of Minnesota, Crookston tomorrow at the Vadnais Sports Center with games scheduled for 12 and 2 p.m.