Hitting barrage ignites Beaver split with Golden Bears
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Hitting barrage ignites Beaver split with Golden Bears

BEMIDJI, Minn.  -- The Bemidji State University softball team used 11 hits and strong performance from Courtney Anderson (Sr., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) in the circle to come away with 7-1 win in game one against Concordia University, St. Paul Saturday at BSU Softball Field. The Beavers stayed close for most of game two before falling late, 5-1, to the Golden Bears. The win is the first for BSU over Concordia-St Paul since 2009. The Beavers’ game one hitting outburst was led by three hits apiece from senior Megan Beard (IF, Eveleth, Minn.) and freshman Summer Monsrud (OF, Bemidji, Minn.) Beard was one of four players honored in BSU’s “Senior Day” ceremonies in between games along with Anderson, Kayla Babinski (IF, Devils Lake, N.D.) and Courtney Loegering (OF, Blaine, Minn.).

The Beavers record stands at 10-27 (3-15) after the split with the Golden Bears. Concordia-St. Paul is now 23-17 (8-10 NSIC) after Saturday’s split.

Anderson began game one of Saturday’s affair with the Golden Bears with a one-hit shutout through four innings until finally giving up a run in the fifth inning. She finished the game giving up five hits in the win.

BSU’s bats got ignited in the bottom of the second starting with a Babinski single through the left side. After Golden Bear pitcher Ashley Kluever walked Hannah Benzie (Jr., OF, Grand Rapids, Minn.), Nicole Dupay (So., OF, Woodbury, Minn.) plated Babinski with a double to center field. The Beavers added a second run in the inning as Benzie scored on a passed ball by Concordia-St Paul catcher Megan Revoir.

The Beavers added another tally in the bottom of the third. Monsrud led off the inning for BSU with a bunt single. After Beard grounded into a fielder’s choice, Crystal Bowen (Jr., IF, Duluth, Minn.) reached on an error by the pitcher. Beard scored on a single by Babinski. Dupay walked to load the bases with two outs, but a groundout by Anderson to second base ended the inning with three ducks on the pond.

BSU put two more runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Cassie MacArthur (Fr., RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) reached on an error by the short stop to lead off the inning. She was moved over on a bunt by Loegering. MacArthur attempted to score from second on a Monsrud double through the left side but was thrown out at home by center fielder Katie Anderson. With two outs, the Beavers rallied as Beard singled to left field and advanced on an error, scoring Monsrud. After advancing to third base on a passed ball, Beard was able to score to put the Beavers up 5-0.

The Golden Bears finally found a run in the top of the fifth. Cassie Bertelsen singled to right field to score Brynn Larsen, who was hit by an Anderson pitch to lead off the inning. But that would be all that Concordia-St. Paul would get.

BSU padded its lead with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Monsrud put down another bunt single with one out and scored on a Beard single up the middle. A Benzie infield single scored Beard to make it 7-1 and that would end up being the final score.

Beard led the Beavers with two RBI while Babinski, Benzie and Dupay each had one. In addition to Beard and Monsrud’s three-hit performance, Babinski was 2-for-3 in game one.

In game two of the day, the Beavers and Golden Bears were scoreless through six innings due to strong pitching from Anderson, Kelsey Saralampi (Jr., LHP, Esko, Minn.) and Concordia-St. Paul’s Stephanie Kappes. Anderson gave up five hits in three shutout innings after getting the nod in game two due to a strong performance in game one.

The Golden Bears finally got to Saralampi in the top of the sixth as Calli Brennan tripled to right field to lead off the inning. Brennan scored on a Larsen single to center field. Concordia-St. Paul plated Larsen on a single to right field by Kappes.

The Golden Bears added three more runs to go ahead 5-0 in the top of the seventh. After getting the first out, errors by Bowen and Saralampi allowed Anderson and Alicia Meiser to reach. Anderson scored on a single to right field by Brennan. In the next at bat Erin Tjornhom hit a fly ball into foul territory where Dupay made an incredible catch while colliding with the right field fence. The sacrifice fly scored Meiser and due to the collision with the fence Brennan was able to score from second base to make it 5-0.

The Beavers tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Babinski double to center field to lead off the inning. A MacArthur single to center field scored Babinski but that would be all that Bemidji State could find as they fell 5-1 in game two.

Saralampi picked up the loss after giving up two earned runs on four hits. Kappes picked up the win for the Golden Bears after giving up seven hits and one earned run.

BSU was led by Monsrud in game two. The freshman went 2-for-3 on the game. The Beavers also had hits from Bowen, Babinski, Benzie, MacArthur and Megan Bergeson (So., C/IF, New London-Spicer, Minn.)

The Beavers will look to finish up its home slate on a good note Sunday as they host St. Cloud State University. The games are scheduled for 12 and 2 p.m. but could possibly pushed back with a strong chance of rain in the forecast for the Bemidji area Sunday.