Bison softball team sweeps, baseball team earns split

It was a successful weekend on the diamond for the Bison teams

Both the NDSU baseball team and softball team were in action this past weekend. The baseball team split their two games against Omaha. Meanwhile, the softball team won both games against Kansas City.

The men’s team dropped their first game to the Mavericks 7-0. Jake Malec, Will Busch, Joey Danielson and Garrett Hill each had a hit for the Bison.

Ben Smith took the loss on the mound, dropping his record to 4-2 on the season. He allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings, while walking one and striking out two. Jake Drew allowed a pair of runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning. Finally, Zach Smith closed it out, collecting two strikeouts over two innings of work.

The Bison were able to bounce back with a 10-4 victory over the Mavericks in the series finale. NDSU improved to 18-8 on the season and 7-5 in Summit League play.

The Herd was down 4-3 before a seven-run ninth inning blew the game open for NDSU. Down to his last strike, Nick Emmanuel singled to right field, bringing in Cade Feeney and Noah Dehne to give the Bison the lead.

Max Loven had a no-decision on the mound, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing three runs on five hits and striking out three. Gabe Pilla got his first win of the season, as he pitched 1.2 innings while striking out one, walking one and allowing two hits.

The Herd will be back in action on Friday, as Western Illinois comes to town for a four-game series.

The softball team won game one of their doubleheader by a score of 6-3. The Bison were down to their last out when Avery Wysong belted her third home run of the season, a grand slam to left field that scored Stephanie Soriano, Montana DeCamp and Sam Koehn.

Pitcher Paige Vargas completed a complete game, allowing three runs over seven innings while allowing four hits and four walks with three strikeouts. The win improves her record to 5-7 on the season.

NDSU won the second game of the doubleheader 4-2. The win improved the Herd’s record to 9-19 and 4-4 in Summit League Play. They also moved into third place in the Summit League standings.

Emilee Buringa led the way for the Bison, going 3-for-4 at the plate while driving in two runs. Nicole Licea also went 3-for-4, while Koehn was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.

Lainey Lyle went the distance for the Herd, allowing two runs over seven innings. She allowed six hits and struck out five, while her record improved to 3-4.

Up next, NDSU will have a four-game series at home against South Dakota, starting Friday.

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