Alex Berg | Sports Writer | 03/30/2011
The Bemidji State softball team lost 2-0 to Jamestown College in its first game of the Husky Dome Tournament in St. Cloud on March 26.
Jamestown began the game with 2 singles from its first two hitters. The Jimmies added another pair of hits in the inning to grab an early 2-0 lead after a half inning of play.
The Beavers (1-4) answered with a lead-off double from sophomore outfielder Danika Stelton. But Stelton was caught stealing third in the following at-bat. Freshman outfielder Nicole Dupay walked, and sophomore infielders Kayla Babinski and Chelsea Cardinal singled to load the bases with just one out.
Jamestown pitcher Emily Snow recovered by striking out Beaver infielders Crystal Bowen and Megan Beard. Despite allowing three hits and a walk, Jamestown led 2-0 after the first full inning.
Both pitchers settled down after shaky first innings and the only other scoring threat came for the Beavers in the bottom half of the sixth inning.
With 2 outs and nobody on base, Stelton picked up her second hit of the game and Dupay reached on a Husky error. With Stelton on third and Dupay on second, the Beavers had a go-ahead run at the plate in Babinski. Just as Snow did in the first, she escaped the Beaver threat unmarked and the Jimmies led 2-0 with one inning left to play.
Junior pitcher Courtney Anderson picked up a pair of strikeouts in the seventh and kept the deficit at 2 for the BSU offense.
Cardinal and Beard each drew walks to start the inning and for the second consecutive inning, the Beavers had a go-ahead run in the box, this time with zero outs.
After Bowen struck out, both runners advanced on a wild pitch from Snow and the tying run was in scoring position for junior Ashley Erickson. Erickson fouled out to third base and the game was in the hands of junior pinch-hitter Brittany DeBoer. Snow got DeBoer to go down looking and the Jimmies held on for the win.
Snow recorded the win for the Jimmies, pitching seven shutout innings, and allowing nine hits. She let up for walks and struck out 11 batters.
Anderson (1-2) took the loss for the Beavers. She also surrendered 9 hits in seven innings. She struck out 10 and walked just 1.
Stelton and Babinksi led the offensive attack for BSU. They each picked up a pair of hits in the loss.
The Beavers will begin its home schedule when it hosts Augustana on Saturday, April 9 at noon.