Six-run outburst leads BSU softball to split with MSU Moorhead
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Six-run outburst leads BSU softball to split with MSU Moorhead

BEMIDJI, Minn.  -- Cassie MacArthur’s (Fr., RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) double down the left field line cleared the bases to score three runners as the Bemidji State University softball team had a six-run outburst in the inning to help deliver a 6-1 victory over Minnesota State University, Moorhead in the first game of the doubleheader Tues., April 3 in Bemidji. In game two of the doubleheader, both teams played scoreless softball for 11 innings until the Dragons struck for one run in the top of the 12th to pick up a 1-0 extra-inning win over the Beavers. BSU is now 8-21 on the year and improves to 1-11 in the NSIC after ending a winless streak in conference play with the 6-1 victory.

Courtney Anderson (Sr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) got the start in the circle for the Beavers and would go 13 innings for the Beavers between the two games, in which she gave up just one run on 11 hits with 11 strikeouts. Her game one line had her go seven innings while giving up one run and striking out nine batters. She got the nod in game two due to her strong performance in game one and went six innings, giving up eight hits and no earned runs with two strikeouts.

MSU Moorhead to took an early 1-0 lead in the first game of the doubleheader as Moriah Bruns doubled in Amanda Moore. After giving up the two hits, Anderson mowed down the next two batters as both batters struck out swinging for the Dragons.

After the next six half-innings went scoreless, Bemidji State struck for six runs in the bottom of the fifth frame. The six runs marks the most BSU has scored in a game since tallying six against Post University in Clermont, Fla. over Spring Break March 6. Kayla Babinski (Jr., IF, Devils Lake, N.D.) led off the inning with a single to center field. Megan Bergeson (So., C/IF, New London-Spicer, Minn.) then reached base after getting hit by a pitch. MSU Moorhead pitcher Brandi Howell loaded the bases after Summer Monsrud (Fr., OF, Bemidji, Minn.) grounded to short stop but the fielder opted to try to get Babinski out at third base but the BSU runner was safe, as was Monsrud at first base. With the bases full of Beavers, MacArthur hit a double down the left field line to clear the ducks on the pond and put BSU ahead 3-0 over MSU Moorhead.

With one out, Crystal Bowen (Jr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) singled to right field to plate MacArthur and put BSU ahead 4-0.

Courtney Loegering
(Sr., OF, Blaine, Minn.) then singled to center field and moved to second base on a fielding error by Paige Smith in center. Bowen advanced to third on the fielding error. Both runners scored on a Hannah Benzie (Jr., OF, Grand Rapids, Minn.) double to center field.

The Beavers would load the bases again as Nicole Dupay (So., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) singled and Bergeson walked but the Dragons would get out of the inning after giving up six runs on six hits.

Anderson was able to take down MSU Moorhead in order in the sixth and seventh innings to secure a win for the Beavers, the first for the team in NSIC play.

The BSU bats were led in the opening game by Benzie, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI. MacArthur was 1-for-3 with three RBI, while Bowen went 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored.

In game two of the doubleheader, both Anderson and Dragon pitcher Amanda Lynch were dominant for the first three innings. In the fourth inning, MSU Moorhead led off the inning with a A.J. Hoefer double. Brittany York singled to move Hoefer to third. With two on and two outs, Anderson got Sam Adolph to line out to Megan Beard (Sr., IF, Eveleth, Minn.) at short stop.

The story of the fifth inning was much the same as the Dragons had three singles with two outs in the inning but the Beavers caught Miranda Bronson trying to go home on a throw from Dupay to Kelly Richards (Fr., C, Virginia, Minn.) to Bergeson at third base to get out of the inning.

After going six innings of game two, Anderson was pulled in favor of Kelsey Saralampi (Jr., LHP, Esko, Minn.) who allowed one hit in the top of the seventh.

The Beavers had a scoring chance in the bottom of the seventh after Beard led off the inning with a single to center field. With one out, Beard advanced to third base on a Dupay single. In the next at bat, Loegering grounded to third base where the Dragons tagged Beard out and allowed Loegering to reach on the fielder’s choice. Richards lined out in the next at bat to squash the scoring chance and send the game to extra innings.

Through the first four innings of extras, Saralampi and Lynch dominated only allowing a few runners to reach base respectively. Finally in the top of the 12th inning the Dragons struck as Paige Smith had an infield single with one out. Smith scored on a Hoefer single to right field to put MSU Moorhead up 1-0. BSU tried to answer in the bottom of the 12th but was unable to as the Dragons won the extra-inning thriller. The game is the longest for the Beavers since going 11 innings with St. Cloud State University April 1, 2010. The game ended in 5-2 loss to the Huskies.

Saralampi suffered the loss for the Beavers after pitching a strong six innings of relief in which she allowed one run on five hits and had three strikeouts.

The Beaver bats only had four hits in the second game led by hits from Monsrud, Beard, Bowen and Dupay.

BSU will return to action on Thursday and Friday as they host University of Minnesota, Duluth at the BSU Softball Field. The games Thursday were moved from Saturday due to a strong chance of rain in the forecast. Thursday’s games will commence at 2 and 4 p.m. and will count as nonconference games. Friday’s games with the Bulldogs will be played at 12 and 2 p.m. and be NSIC contest.