A Bison senior from Friend, Neb., continues to dominate and show why she is one of the nation’s best pitchers.
Krista Menke shut out the Fort Wayne Mastedons in two straight games, including an 18-0 perfect game, this weekend as the North Dakota State women’s softball team traveled to Fort Wayne, Ind.
Menke went bonkers. She faced 15 batters and mowed 12 of them down via strike out. During a span from the second through the fourth innings, she struck out seven batters in a row. She retired the side in the second, third and fifth frames.
This was her fourth career no-hitter and third this season as well as her first career perfect game. This was the first perfect game for an NDSU pitcher since 2006.
In their first game, the Bison smacked three home runs en route to their 18 runs. Maritza Lopez-Portillo hit a two-run jolt in the second inning. Then, five batters later, Alyssa Reina cleared the bases with a grand slam. Cheyenne Garcia hit the last home run with a two-run shot in the third. The Bison would go onto score eight more runs in the game.
The story of the second game was very similar to the first, except the Mastedons were able to register a hit. But that’s all they would get.
Emily Olszewski doubled down the left field line in the fourth inning. That double was the only hit the Mastedons would get in two games against Menke. The Bison won the game 10-0 behind big hitting from Logan Moreland and another home run by Garcia.
Men’s track and field
Matti Mortimore secured the Mt. SAC Relay championship in the javelin with a toss of 237-4 Friday in California with the men’s track and field team. That was a school record, and he now sits in the top eight in the country.
The quartet of Matt Bedard, Aron Klos, Landon Jochim and Wesley Delong ran the 1,600-meter relay in the the fastest time at NDSU in 10 years. They won the race with a time of 3 minutes, 11.71 seconds.
Sophomore Alex Renner came within just one inch of his own school record in a third place finish in the shot put. He threw a 59 feet, 00.25 inches.
Freshman Payton Otterdahl placed fifth with a throw of 57-09.50.
Women’s track and field
Junior Erin Teschuk ran the seventh best time in the world this year with a 9:43.83 3,000-meter steeplechase in Walnut, Calif.
Junior Melissa Kitching placed first in the 400-meter hurdles at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif., this past weekend. She ran in her personal best time of 58.65 seconds.
Senior Ashley Heinze was right behind Kitching, as she finished fourth with a time of 59.79 seconds.
Sophomore Morgan Milbrath won the 400-meter dash in 54.14 seconds as well as running a 24.62 in the 200-meter dash.
Sophomore Lexy Boschee finished in a tie for third place in the high jump, with a jump of 5-07.
As of Monday, the NDSU women’s golf team was in fourth place after the first 18 holes in the Summit League Women’s Golf Championship.
The Bison recorded a 30-over-par 31, which was only five strokes behind South Dakota State for third place. They were 11 strokes behind Denver and Oral Roberts for first.
Freshman Natalie Roth led the way for the Bison by tallying a 3-over 75 on the first 18 holes.
Senior Sarah Storandt shot an 8-over 80 and was tied for 14th.