Minnesota State powers to doubleheader sweep of BSU
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Minnesota State powers to doubleheader sweep of BSU

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team fell in a doubleheader to No. 13 Minnesota State University, Mankato Sunday afternoon at the BSU Softball Field. An 11-run first inning outburst ignited a 12-0 game one win for the Mavericks while they took a 8-0 victory in game two of the day. The Beavers drop to 6-13 (0-4 NSIC). Minnesota State improves to 23-6 (3-1 NSIC).

The Mavericks were able to get to Bemidji State starter Allison Roberts (Fr., RHP, Crystal, Minn.) early. After the first batter of the game, Melanie Upchurch reached on an error by BSU short stop Megan Beard (Sr., Eveleth, Minn.), Minnesota State was able to string together hits with a Lauryn Morris triple, a Chelsea Erickson double and a Lindsay Erickson double to get out to a 3-0 lead. With two out the Mavericks added to their lead as Erickson was plated on an Abby Sonner single to put MSU up 4-0. Christina Redd then tripled to score Sonner and Chelsea Riordan, who had walked to give Minnesota State a 6-0 advantage.

Following the triple, Roberts was pulled to give way to Courtney Anderson (Sr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.). The first batter she faced was Upchurch, stepping to the plate for the second time in the game. Upchurch singled to left field to score Redd. After Anderson walked Morris, L. Erickson singled to score Upchurch and put the Mavericks up 8-0. With two on and two out, Chelsea Erickson hit a three-run shot to left field to put MSU up 11-0. Anderson would get the final out on the next batter to get out of the inning after 14 players batted in the top of the first.

Minnesota State added to its lead in the top of the second inning as Upchurch reached on an error by third baseman Megan Bergeson (So., New London-Spicer, Minn.), which scored Brittani Robinson to put the Mavericks ahead 12-0.

After 12 runs on 10 hits in the first two innings, Anderson was able to shut down the Mavericks for the most part over the next three innings as she gave up only three hits.

Minnesota State was also dominant on the mound in game one as pitcher Courtney McKelvogue finished with a no-hitter on the day. McKelvoge went a full five innings, allowing two runners to reach on errors and striking out five BSU batters. Bemidji State’s only base runners were Kelly Richards (Fr., C, Virginia, Minn.) who reached on an error by the third baseman in the bottom of the third and Crystal Bowen (Jr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) who reached on an error by the short stop in the bottom of the fitth. The game was called after five due to the eight-run mercy rule.

In game two, Kelsey Saralampi (Jr., LHP, Esko, Minn.) got the start in the circle for the Beavers. The Mavericks put two runs on the board in the top of the first as Upchurch scored on a groundout by Morris and C. Erickson was plated on a wild pitch. Saralampi was able to get out of the inning with two runs on just one hit.

Minnesota State added to its lead in the second inning as an Upchurch single scored Riordan and then a Morris single plated Upchurch.

Bemidji State got on the base paths in the bottom of the second inning as Bowen doubled to left field with one out. However, BSU was unable to score Bowen and the score remained 4-0 in favor of the Mavericks.

Saralampi shut down Minnesota State in the top of the third. A rifle from Bergeson at catcher to Bowen at third base was key as they caught Robinson stealing third for out two of the inning. Minnesota State left Sonner on the base paths.

The Mavericks added a run in the top of the fourth as an error by Kayla Babinski (Jr., Devils Lake, N.D.) allowed L. Erickson to reach base and Upchurch to score.

Saralampi pitched a strong fifth inning for the Beavers, giving up just one hit.

The Mavericks would add two runs in the sixth inning. A single by L. Erickson scored Upchurch from third. After the score, Bemidji State inserted Anderson for Saralampi. Minnesota State would score one more run in the inning off Anderson as a sacrifice fly by Kelly Wood scored Morris from third. The Beavers got out of the inning as L. Erickson was caught at home by Bergeson and Sonner grounded out.

MSU would add one more in the seventh to end the game with a 8-0 victory. Saralampi went 5.0 innings giving up six earned runs on 13 hits. Anderson pitched 2.0 innings in relief, giving up one earned run on one hit. Minnesota State used three pitchers. Kendra Huettl got the win, going four innings and giving up one hit. Kristen Fah and Brittany Lauterbach both pitched in relief.

The Beavers were led by Bowen who went 2-for-3 on the game. Beard also added a hit for BSU. The Beavers will return to action Tues., March 27 as they host Valley City State University in a nonconference doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. at the BSU softball field.