Anderson no hitter guides Beavers past Saint Vincent 3-0 in Florida
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Anderson no hitter guides Beavers past Saint Vincent 3-0 in Florida
CLERMONT, Fla. - The Bemidji State softball team picked up a split with a 3-0 win over Saint Vincent College out of Latrobe, Penn. and a 9-8 exhibition loss to Grand Rapids Community College out of Grand Rapids, Mich at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. Wednesday. The Beavers improve to 6-5 with the win over the Bearcats that was led by Courtney Anderson’s (Sr. RHP, Virginia, Minn.) no hitter. Anderson had a perfect game going into the fifth inning but a fielding error allowed one runner to reach base. The victory moves BSU past last season’s win total of five in just its first season under the guidance of new head coach Rick Supinski. Bemidji State is 4-3 in regular-season games on their spring break trip in Florida so far this week.

The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders came out with their bats early as they got an early 8-0 lead over the Beavers wtih two runs in the first, one run in the second and five in the third. BSU was forced to use three pitchers in the game as they started junior southpaw Kelsey Saralampi (Esko, Minn.) but also used Allison Roberts (Fr., RHP, Crystal, Minn.) and Anderson.

The Bemidji State bats rose to the occasion in the fifth as they knotted the game 8-8 with a host of singles up the middle and some Raider errors. However, Grand Rapids Community College was able to take the 9-8 exhibition win with one run in the sixth inning.

The Beavers were led by Katelyn Fondurulia (Jr., C/OF, Blaine, Minn.), Megan Beard (Sr., IF, Eveleth, Minn.) and Nicole Dupay (So., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) each of who had two hits against the Raiders.

“We had a nice team effort at the plate in the first game,” Supinski said. “In the fifth inning we were really able to put some pressure on their players and were able to get on base. We have been looking to get on base more so it was good to see us able to get eight runs in the game.”

BSU bounced back with the victory over Division III foe Saint Vincent in game two of the day led by strong pitching from Anderson. The senior went seven innings and had a career-high 17 strikeouts in the no hitter against the Bearcats. Anderson had a no hitter until in the fifth inning where an error by right fielder Hannah Benzie (Jr., OF, Grand Rapids, Minn.) allowed Sam Shumaker to reach base.

BSU got on the board early against Saint Vincent as Courtney Loegering (Sr., OF, Blaine, Minn.) led off the game reaching base on an error by the left fielder. Loegering scored on a Cassie MacArthur (Fr., P/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.). Beard singled moving MacArthur to third. Beard then advanced to second on a stolen base. Both runs were plated on a Dupay single.

The Beavers scattered hits throughout the rest of the game but their three early runs were enough to get the 3-0 win with Anderson’s strong pitching performance. Crystal Bowen (Jr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) led the Beavers going 2-for-3. Dupay was 1-for-3 with two RBI while MacArthur went 1-for-2 with one RBI.

“Courtney was really on today,” Supinski said. “She had command of all of her pitches and got ahead on a lot of the batters she faced. She really took control of the whole game.”

Bemidji State will play two more games tomorrow as they take on University of Saint Francis, a NAIA school out of Joliet, Ill. at  4 p.m. and Urbana University, a NCAA Division II school out of Urbana, Ohio at  6 p.m.