Golden Eagles top Beavers in pair of extra inning affairs
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University softball team went into extra innings in both games of Wednesday’s conference doubleheader against University of Minnesota, Crookston but came up short in both as the Golden Eagles were able to get runs in the top of the eighth inning in both games. The Beavers fall to 7-16 (0-6 NSIC) with Wednesday’s losses. The Golden Eagles improve to 9-14 (3-3 NSIC) with the victories. Bemidji State gets a split with Minnesota, Crookston on the season as they picked up two wins against the Golden Eagles in Vadnais Heights earlier this season.

In game one of the doubleheader the Beavers found the scoreboard first as they went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Summer Monsrud (Fr., OF, Bemidji, Minn.) led off the inning with an infield single. After advancing to second on a fielder’s choice, Monsrud stole third base and scored on a throwing error by the catcher Gina Delisa.

After a scoreless second inning for both teams, Minnesota, Crookston answered with a run of its own as Courtney Bridge, who doubled, scored on a Rachel Schoenborn single up the middle.

The Golden Eagles added a second run off BSU pitcher Courtney Anderson (Sr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) in the top of the fourth. Josee Plante singled to lead off the inning and scored on a Bridge single up the middle.

BSU responded in the bottom of the fourth with two runs to make the game 3-2 in advantage of the Beavers. Cassie MacArthur (Fr., RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) led off the inning with a single to left center. Hannah Benzie (Jr., OF, Grand Rapids, Minn.) came up big from her spot in the eight hole in the batting order as she tripled to left field to score MacArthur. Benzie scored on a popup off the bat of Monsrud which was caught by the short stop in shallow left field.

The Golden Eagles knotted up the score at 3-3 in the top of the sixth inning after Paige Schaust reached on an error by Kayla Babinski (Jr., IF, Devils Lake, N.D.) at second base. Schaust scored on a Delisa double up the middle.

Both pitchers, Stacey Marcum and Allison Roberts (Fr., RHP, Crystal, Minn.), who came in relief of Anderson, put up blank slate in the seventh inning to send the game to extra innings.

Minnesota, Crookston quickly responded with two runs in the top of the eighth. A Delisa double drove in Schaust, who had singled. Annie Erickson, who pinch ran for Delisa, scored on a passed ball by BSU catcher Megan Bergeson (So., UT, New London-Spicer, Minn.)

Anderson went six innings for Bemidji State, giving up nine hits and three earned runs. She struck out six batters. Roberts, who came on in relief, got the loss, giving up one earned run on two hits.

The BSU bats were led in the game by Monsrud, who went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Crystal Bowen (Jr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) and Benzie also had multi-hit games for BSU.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Golden Eagles ended three innings of scoreless softball in the top of the fourth to get out to a 2-0 lead over BSU. Bridge, Kelli Burns and Schoenborn all reached base on errors to begin in the inning. Bridge scored on an error by Megan Beard (Sr., IF, Eveleth, Minn.), which allowed Schoenborn to get on. Burns scored on a groundout to short stop.

BSU cut the lead down to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bergeson doubled down the line with one out for the Beavers. She advanced to third on a single by Courtney Loegering (Sr., OF, Blaine, Minn.). Bergeson scored on a groundout by Monsrud to second base.

The Beavers sent the game to extra innings as they knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh. Bergeson scored the game-tying run on a groundout by Babinski, who was pinch hitting for Monsrud. The Beavers put one more runner on but were unable to score.

The Golden Eagles got to the BSU pitching staff in the top of the eighth. Hilary Brown opened the inning reaching on an error by pitcher Kelsey Saralampi (Jr., LHP, Esko, Minn.). Saralampi was pulled after giving up a single to Sammy Berglin. Brown scored on a popup to first base in which Bowen had to make a diving grab. Minnesota, Crookston added three more runs off Roberts, who came in to relieve Saralampi.

Saralampi went seven innings for the Beavers and had a strong game, giving up only two hits and one earned run with five strikeouts but gets the loss after putting the game-winning run on base.

The BSU bats were paced in the second game by Loegering, Beard and Bergeson, each of who had two hits apiece.

The Beavers will return to action this weekend as they head to No. 23 Augustana College and Wayne State College for two more NSIC series.