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BSU softball gets season's first victory

Sophomore Mara Johnson hit a home run in all three games Monday but Bemidji managed only one win in the three at the NSIC crossover tournament at Concordia.

Sophomore Mara Johnson hit a home run in all three games Monday but Bemidji managed only one win in the three at the NSIC crossover tournament at Concordia.

The meet was set back two days by the weekend snowstorm. Bemidji met Concordia and Upper Iowa yesterday.

The weather has caused the team to revamp its schedule.

The Tuesday games forced moving the Duluth twin bill from Tuesday to today at 1 p.m. with little or no hope of it being played.

Tomorrow's twin bill with St. Cloud is still scheduled at 3 while a twin bill with Morris is Saturday starting at 2.

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The Wednesday trip to Mary will now be played Sunday with Moorhead and Crookston visiting Bemidji for Wednesday and Thursday double headers.

Johnson, the former BHS star who played her first year at Duluth, helped end the Beavers losing string at nine games in the final game of the day beating Wayne State 3-1.

The team also had a breakout performance from pitcher Ali Willard and received a solo home run from Ashley Leopold.

Willard went the route on a three hitter, fanning eight. Johnson, Leopold and Bridget Smith all had two hits.

Johnson's homer was her fourth. Leopold's was her first.

Earlier in the day, the Beavers weren't as fortunate. Johnson's two-run homer gave Bemidji a 2-0 lead against Winona.

But it managed only three more hits the rest of the game and struck out 15 times against Winona's Kristen Fossell.

Kristen Paine went the route for Bemidji losing for the fourth time. She allowed only six hits.

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Bemidji managed just five hits including a double by Jamie Docken which preceded Johnson's home run.

Against Southwest, Bemidji had a disastrous second inning when Southwest scored all eight of its runs.

Johnson provided one run with her solo homer and Kasey Callison scored in the fifth on some small ball for its only other tally.

Five hits and three walks did the damage in the big second. Willard came on in that frame to relieve starter Lindsey Imhof and shut down Southwest the rest of the way.

Monday's results dropped Bemidji to 1-9 overall and 1-2 in the NSIC.

Johnson is now hitting .357 with four home runs and eight RBI.

Bemidji 200-000-0---2--5--0

Winona 012-000-x---3--6--0

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Paine (0-4) and Wells

Fossell and Paulson

Bemidji 000-110-0---2--6--1

Southwest 080-000-x---8--8--3

Imhof (0-2), Willard (2) and Carlson

Fringer and Dickhausen

Bemidji 110-100-0---3--6--2

Wayne State 000-100-0---1--3--0

Willard (1-3) and McDonald

Peterson and Ward

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