The North Dakota State softball team traveled to Minnesota last week to take on the the University of Minnesota Gophers in a double header. The Bison split the two-game series, as they would take a loss in the first game but win the second.
In the first game, the Bison were dominated from the jump. They lost 8-0 in five innings. The Gophers scored in every inning but the third. Krista Menke took the loss in the first game. She only went two innings and gave up two earned runs and three total. Jacquelyn Sertic took over and finished the game. She gave up three earned runs and five total.
The story of the game was Sara Groenewegen, who threw her second no-hitter of the year. She had a perfect game heading into the fifth, until she walked two batters. Groenewegen struck out seven in her five innings of work. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate with 4 RBI and one run scored. Hannah Granger also had an inside-the-park home run.
In the second game, the Bison would right the ship as they won the game. They won by a score of 5-4. Amanda Grable got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI single that scored Cheyenne Garcia.
After three more scoreless innings, the Gophers tied the game up in the fourth by an RBI single by Taylor LeMay. Then, the next inning, they threw up four more runs to take a 5-4 lead. Garcia had an RBI double, and then Logan Moreland smacked a two-run single. Finally, Alyssa Reina hit a single to score Moreland.
In the sixth, Paige Palkovich hit a bases-clearing triple to cut the lead to 5-4, but Menke would get out of the jam.
The Gophers threatened in the next inning. Groenewegen tried to score from first on a double but was thrown out at the plate. Menke rebounded after only her third loss of the year to win her 26th game. She struck out three in seven innings of work.
The NDSU women’s golf team took fourth place at the Summit League Women’s Golf Championship. The Bison had scores of 318, 322 and 316 to finish with a three-round 92-over-par 956. That was 25 strokes ahead of Indiana-Purdue of Indianapolis.
Freshman Natalie Roth tied for fourth with a 54-hole 18-over-par 234 (75-78-81). She was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Senior Sarah Storandt played her 118th round of golf at NDSU, which tied her with Amy Anderson for the most rounds in NDSU history. She tied for sixth with a 54-hole 19-over-par 235 (80-79-76).
The Denver Pioneers won the Summit League title by shooting a three-round 62-over-par 926.