COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Beavers swept in first home games in two years
BEMIDJI — It had been more than two years since the Bemidji State softball team last played a home game.
Although BSU played 18 home games in 2012 the Beavers didn't play a single game in Bemidji in 2013, thanks in part to the long cold winter.
So Tuesday afternoon's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader was a relief to the Beavers and interim head coach DJ Guinn.
"It's nice not traveling somewhere for once," DJ Guinn said.
"I get to drive myself home at a reasonable hour tonight, which is nice."
And although the Beavers were swept by University of Mary 17-1 and 5-0 in the two games, it was an encouraging set of games as the season winds down.
"I think the second game and first game were night and day," Guinn said. "We hit both games, we just weren't able to get our runners in both games. We got ourselves on, we just need to get ourselves in now."
BSU, which is 11-27 overall and still looking for its first NSIC win at 0-22 in the conference, fell behind early in both games.
In game one, U-Mary scored a pair of runs in the first inning thanks to doubles from Kristin Ormsby and Amber Gamboa.
Allison Brown's run-scoring single in the second inning made it 3-0 early, but the Marauders (28-18, 13-9 NSIC) broke it open in the third inning, scoring nine runs off BSU starter Allison Roberts on seven hits.
The Beavers couldn't recover from that. Lyndsey Peterson's solo home run in the fourth inning proved to be the only run BSU pushed across, but the Beavers threatened to score more.
BSU had seven hits off Mary starter Cherlyn Trujillo and loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, threatening to start a rally with nobody out. However, Trujillo retired the next three BSU hitters to survive for the run-shortened five-inning victory.
In the second game the Marauders scored three runs right off the bat. Brown homered on the second pitch of the game and her blast was followed by a Gamboa triple and a Julissa Perales RBI single.
However, starter Danielle Jecmen settled in after the rough first inning and the Marauders only scored two more runs in the game — both in the sixth inning.
"Danielle did a good job mixing speeds and locations," Guinn said. "We just couldn't score any runs for her."
BSU managed just four hits off Mary starter Erin Keen; the Beavers' best chance to score came in the bottom of the fifth.
After Mary retired the first two matters, Jecmen walked and Alayna Krejci and Peterson both singled to load the bases with two down.
But Keen struck out Nicole Dupay to end the BSU threat.
Jecmen took the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks; she struck out five.
The Beavers will close their home season Thursday against Minnesota-Crookston. First pitch in the NSIC doubleheader is set for 2 p.m.
U-Mary 17, BSU 1 (5 inns)
U-Mary 219 05 — 17 18 1
BSU 000 10 — 1 7 1
U-Mary: Trujillo (W) and Gamboa. K-5, BB-0.
BSU: Roberts (L), Yost (5) and O'Connor. K-1, BB-4.
U-Mary 5, BSU 0
U-Mary 300 002 0 — 5 9 1
BSU 000 000 0 — 0 4 0
U-Mary: Keen (W) and Gamboa. K-11, BB-5.
BSU: Jecmen (L) and Osterman. K-5, BB-4.