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BSU softball salvages split at Northern State

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Bemidji State?s Jamie Docken hit a three-run homer in the first inning of each game on Monday afternoon against Northern State, but the Beavers were only able to come away with victory in the nightcap by a score of 13-5. BSU drop...

ABERDEEN, S.D. ­ Bemidji State¹s Jamie Docken hit a three-run homer in the first inning of each game on Monday afternoon against Northern State, but the Beavers were only able to come away with victory in the nightcap by a score of 13-5. BSU dropped the opener 6-3.

Docken¹s two home runs tied her for the team lead with Mara Johnson at four apiece. Brittany Bolstad also hit a home run in the win for her second of the season.

The home runs also establish a new single season, team home run record for BSU. The Beavers have now combined to hit 14 home runs on the season, surpassing the previous standard of 10, set by the 1999 squad.

In the opening game, Docken¹s first-inning bomb gave the Beavers a quick 3-0 lead, but it also turned out to be BSU's only offensive output of the game.

NSU pitcher Christi Schulte scattered six Beaver hits over the next six innings to keep them scoreless. BSU's Johnson was 2-for-3 in the game, and Amy Klaers was 1-for-3 with a triple.

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Northern State's offense strung together a four-run second inning with five hits against BSU hurler Kristen Paine. Paine pitched a complete game, but allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits, while striking out three and walking none.

In the nightcap, the Beaver offense was hitting on all cylinders, starting with Docken¹s second first-inning, three-run blast of the day. As Alison Willard shut down the NSU offense, the Beavers seemed destined for the same offensive results as the first game.

After scoring no runs in the second and third innings, Bolstad stepped to the plate and ended the drought with a lead-off, solo home run. BSU pieced together two more runs in the inning on an RBI double by Katie Prettyman and a sacrifice fly by Kaitlin Wells.

The three-run fourth inning got some momentum going for the Beavers, who posted a seven-run inning in the fifth to take a 13-0 lead. Seven BSU players collected hits in the inning, including a double by Wells, and RBI singles from Michelle Taylor, Prettyman, and Bridget Smith.

The Wolves put together a too-little-too-late rally with five runs against Willard in the bottom of the fifth before Paine came in and shut the door, getting the last two batters fly out. Willard (5-9) got the win, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits.

Docken went 3-for-3 in the game and was just a triple short of the cycle.

She also had three RBI and scored once. Mara Johnson also posted three hits, while Smith, Prettyman, and Bolstad each collected two hits and scored twice apiece.

Bemidji State (7-21; 4-12 NSIC) will travel to Bismarck, N.D., today to take on the University of Mary in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. BSU and Mary squared off in Bemidji earlier this season, with the Beavers taking the opener 4-3 before the Marauders battled back for a 10-0 nightcap win.

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Lost weekend

Sunday Bemidji completed the delayed Southwest game which was halted by bad weather Saturday after four frames.

The Mustangs, who led 6-0 when play was halted, went onto win 8-0.

Winona then stopped the Beavers 5-3 and Upper Iowa completed the sweep 10-5.

On Saturday, Bemidji fell to Concordia 4-0 and Wayne State 6-1.

In the first crossover meet at CSP, Bemidji had gone 1-4, beating Wayne State.

The results dropped the Beavers to 6-20 overall and 3-11 in league play.

They remained at Aberdeen Monday to make up a Friday postponement with Northern State and went to Bismarck today to play Mary in another league pair.

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On Saturday, CSP scored twice in the third for the only runs it would need but added single tallies in the fourth and seventh to win.

Mandy Turba set down Bemidji on one hit, a single by Ashley Leopold in the third.

Alison Willard went the route for BSU, allowing only five hits while fanning four and walking five. Her record dipped to 4-7.

Wayne never trailed in the second game, scoring once in the third and adding two in the fourth and three in the sixth for a 6-0 lead. Bemidji scored in the last of the sixth on Katie Prettyman's solo home run.

Kristen Paine gave up the first three runs, only one earned, in going five innings to take the loss, her seventh in nine decisions. Willard returned to work the final two.

Sunday games

Sunday began with the resumption of the Southwest game with the Mustangs leading 6-0 after four.

They added two more in the sixth to end play a frame early.

Willard worked the Saturday portion of the game to take the loss.

The Beavers managed only two hits off Nicole Fringer. Megan McDonald and Mara Johnson each hit a single.

Errors proved costly in the Winona loss. Paine went the route, allowing only two earned runs on five hits while fanning three and walking four.

Winona scored three times in the third.

Bemidji got one back in the fifth on Jamie Docken's double and Amy Klaers' sacrifice fly.

Winona countered with two in the sixth for a 5-1 lead. Back to back doubles by Prettyman and Bridget Smith got one back in the last of the frame. One more crossed in the seventh when Docken reached on an error and scored on Kasey Callison's double.

The Upper Iowa finale was a slugfest with Bemidji banging out 14 hits and the Peacocks 13.

The winners scored three in the first and three more in the third for a 6-1 lead.

Bemidji got two back in the third to trail 6-3.

But the Peacocks came back with four in the fourth. BSU responded with two on RBI singles by Klaers and Jessica Pullar.

But the Beavers would not score again, stranding 12

Willard took the loss falling to 4-9. She gave up 11 hits and walked four.

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