Beavers put sweep on UMC
The Bemidji State University softball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a pair of shutout victories over the University of Minnesota-Crookston Friday at the BSU Softball Field.
BSU pitchers, Lindsey Imhof (Littlefork) and Ali Willard (Hutchinson, Minn.) held the Golden Eagle batters in check while clutch hitting sealed the sweep for the Beavers.
Game one began as a pitchers' dual. The teams combined for just two hits during the first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, the wheels fell off for UMC as the Beavers piled up five runs on three hits while the Golden Eagles committed three errors.
Bridget Smith (Burnsville) got the rally started, reaching safely on an error by the shortstop. Amy Klaers (Elk River) pushed her to third on a bunt single. Jessica Pullar (Elk River) notched her second RBI of the season, scoring Smith on a single to left field.
Michelle Taylor (St. Michael) then reached on UMC's second miscue of the inning advancing Klaers to third on the play. Becky Cerkvenik (Mt. Iron) then followed with e piece of clutch hitting, plating two BSU runners with a line-drive single.
The Beavers would get one more run in the inning when Katie Prettyman (International Falls) reached on an error, scoring Taylor from second base
That was all offense BSU would need on the day as Imhof put together seven inning of scoreless work, allowing just three hits while striking out seven and walking three. It stands as her third shutout of 2006 and brings her overall record to 5-2.
Courtney Nohre took the loss for UMC. She gave up five hits and two earned runs while striking out two BSU batters.
The Beaver bats would heat up in the nightcap, stringing together 10 hits in the game.
Jamie Docken (Owatonna) got BSU on the board in the bottom off the first inning when she popped out to third base. On the play UMC's Lisa Erickson made a diving grab in foul territory to get Docken, but Tara Hiscock (Bemidji) was alert on the base paths and tagged up from third to score the first run of the game for BSU.
The Beavers would add two more in the second.
Kelly Carlson (Hines) got the inning underway with a one-out double to left field. Katie McKenzie (Hibbing) ripped a single through the infield and Carlson scored on the throw. After the UMC hurler forced Prettyman to fly out, Hiscock drove in her first run of the day with a single to the right-centerfield fence.
Prettyman would be at the center of BSU's next scoring opportunity in the fourth inning. With runners on second and third with one out, Prettyman drove a double down the left field line scoring Mandy Bambrough (Toronto) and Carlson on the play.
In the bottom of the sixth, McKenzie singled up the middle and advanced to second on her second hit of the afternoon. After both runners moved up on a passed ball, Hiscock collected her second and third RBIs of the day on her team-leading second triple of the season. The triple would also be the end of the road for the UMC pitcher Britney Winkelman
Kasey Callison (Eagle River, Alaska) came to the plate to face the new UMC pitcher making contact with the first pitch she saw. Hiscock, who was running on contact, scored the Beavers eighth run of the game on a play at the plate as Bemidji State won via the eight-run-rule.
Willard held the Golden Eagles to just two hits in the game. She struck out three and walked two en route to her fourth win of the season and the second by way of a shutout.
Winkelman took the loss for UMC, allowing seven earned runs and 10 hits in five innings of work.
The Beavers evened their record at 12-12 while UMC fell to 1-24 after the sweep. Due to the teams already playing a league double-header in Crookston next week, the wins do not count towards either team's NSIC record.
The Beavers will resume play on Tuesday when they make the trip to Crookston to try to make it four straight over the Golden Eagles.
The double-dip is slated for a 3 p.m. first pitch at the UMC Softball Field.