Bison Baseball Drops a Pair, Softball Thrives

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The NDSU baseball team opened up its Summit League conference season by dropping its first two games of conference play to IPFW by scores of 8-2 and 3-2.

In the first game, the Bison lost by a final score of 8-2. David Ernst was charged with the loss, giving up seven runs, six earned on nine hits and six walks in five innings. Ernst got hit early in a four-run first, capped off by the first of two triples by Greg Kaiser. Kaiser’s triple cleared the bases and opened the floodgates. Kaiser also went 3-3 with five RBI’s. Nick Altavilla drove in the only two runs for the Bison on a two-run single in the sixth.

In the second game, the Bison were closer but got no cigar as they lost 3-2. The Dons struck first with a Shane Trevino RBI single in the first. They scored their second run in the second by a ground out from Tyler Shepard that scored Steve Lowden.

Tim Colwell tied the game in the sixth inning with a two-run blast, his first home run of the year. The Dons regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Trevino walked and then scored two batter later off of a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt.

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The Bison softball team took care of their business by winning their two games against IUPUI, 2-1 and 11-4.

In the first game, they won 2-1. They took the lead on a Cheyenne Garcia solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. Garcia may be 4-foot-11-inches, but she packs a punch. She has homered in four of the last six games and she leads the team with five overall. Krista Menke won her 13th game of the year, striking out nine and only walking one. They scored their first run on a RBI single by Logan Moreland in the sixth.

In the second game, the Bison opened the floodgates. The final score was 11-4. The Bison won the game with seven runs in the seventh inning. The Bison led 4-0 heading into the fifth but the Jags tied the game at four all in the sixth. The Bison busted the game wide open in the top of the seventh. The Bison batted around and scored seven big runs on seven hits.

Jackie Stifter sparked the crooked inning with a RBI single. Alex Sobrero hit her third home of the season, a three-run blast. Garcia blasted a two-run home run to right center. Maritza Lopez-Portillo added an RBI on a groundout to the pitcher. Krista Menke was the winning pitcher, notching number 14 on the year.

The final game of the series between IUPUI and NDSU was cancelled due to poor conditions and heavy rain in Indianapolis. This game will not be made up. NDSU has Omaha next up on their slate with a three-game series. The game has been moved to Omaha due to the Ellig Sports Complex still being frozen over.

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