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Beaver Softball Drops Three of Four on Weekend

Photo by Patrick Rudlang.

Alex Berg | Sports Editor | 4-17-2012

The Bemidji State softball team won one of its four games last weekend in its series against Concordia-St.Paul and St. Cloud State.  BSU split with Concordia on Saturday and was swept by St. Cloud State on Sunday.

Freshman outfielder Summer Monsrud and senior infielder Megan Beard led the way with three hits each in the 7-1 win over Concordia in the first game. Beard also scored three times and drove in a pair of runs.

In the circle, it was senior pitcher Courtney Anderson who shut down the Golden Bear offense. Anderson pitched a complete game, allowing one run on just five hits. She struck out four and did not issue a walk.

Anderson earned her seventh win of the season. Concordia bounced back in the second game with a 5-1 win. Monsrud had another solid game for the Beavers out of the lead-off spot, going 2-for-3.

Junior infielder Kayla Babinski went 1-for-3 and scored the team’s only run. Anderson started again for BSU, pitching three scoreless innings. She picked up three strikeouts and allowed five hits to earn a no decision.

Junior pitcher Kelsey Saralampi took the loss for the Beavers. She allowed five runs, two earned, on four hits in four innings of work in relief.

On Sunday, BSU was no-hit by SCSU pitcher Kelly Franks in the first game, a 4-0 loss. Franks struck out eight and walked one in her dominant performance. Anderson took the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on 12 hits over six innings of work. She recorded four strikeouts and issued two walks.

In the second game, BSU’s offense came to life and scored seven runs, but it was not enough in the 13-7 loss. Beard drove in three runs with a double for the Beavers, she finished going 1-for-5 with a run scored.

Babinski and freshman catcher/first baseman Kelly Richards each went 2-for-4 for BSU. Babinski drove in a run and Richards scored twice.

Saralampi took the loss for Bemidji. She allowed 12 runs, five earned, on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work. She struck out six and walked two.

With the series, Bemidji State (10-29) has wrapped up its home season and will take the remainder of its season on to the road. The final eight road games begin with a series against U-Mary on Tuesday.