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Softball Team Drops First Four at Home

Photo by Patrick Rudlang


Alex Berg | 2-26-2012

The Bemidji State softball team suffered from a lack of offensive production in its first four conference games at home last weekend.

In the four losses, BSU managed to score just four runs.

Saturday’s sweep was at the hands of Southwest Minnesota State. Sunday’s losses came against No.13-ranked Minnesota State.

The first loss on Saturday was an 8-0 shutout where the Beavers managed just four hits.

Junior pitcher Kelsey Saralampi was the losing pitcher. She went 5.2 innings and allowed eight runs, six earned, on 13 hits. She struck out one and walked one.

All four of BSU’s runs on the weekend came in the second game on Saturday.

Thanks to a three-run second inning, the Beavers had an early lead that they took into the seventh inning.

The Mustangs rallied with a four-hit, two-run seventh inning to grab and hold on to a 5-4 lead.

Senior pitcher Courtney Anderson was the losing pitcher for the Beavers. She went all seven innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on 11 hits. She struck out two and walked just one.

Senior Courtney Loegering and freshman Summer Monsrud each had a pair of hits for BSU.

Loegering also drove in two runs and scored once.

The bats did not come back on Sunday, however. The Beavers tallied just three hits in two games against the Mavericks, including being no-hit in the first game.

The Mavericks scored 11 runs in the first inning of game one off of pitchers Allison Roberts and Anderson. Only two of the runs was earned.

MSU added one more in the second inning to win 12-0 in five innings.

Courtney McKelvogue threw the no-hitter for Minnesota State. She went all five innings and struck out five batters.

Saralampi surrendered seven of the eight runs in game two in her five innings of work. She walked two and recorded two strikeouts.

Junior infielder Crystal Bowen picked up two of the three hits for the Beavers.

Melanie Upchurch went 4-for-5 for MSU.

The Beavers (6-13 0-4 NSIC) return to action with another doubleheader at home on Tuesday against Valley City State.