NDSU spring sports are now in full swing, especially for these three sports.
NDSU spring sports are now in full swing, especially for these three sports. The Bison baseball, softball and women’s golf team all played this early this week with varying results.
The baseball team finished a four-game series against Northern Colorado with a win. With the win, they were able to split the series with Bears. The series had started with two close losses 2-4 and 4-5 for the Bison. Then the Herd was really turned it around Saturday afternoon with a dominate 11-2 win.
The fourth and final game on Sunday saw the dominance continue with the Bison coming out on top 9-3. The Bison actually got down to a quick 3-1 deficit but started to kick things into gear at the top of the fourth.
NDSU scored three runs in the fourth, the first being off a balk. The rest came when Peter Brookshaw batted in Jack Simonsen and Tyler Silvia with a big triple.
NDSU would score two more in the fifth, two in the seventh and one in the ninth. Bennett Hostetler and Brock Anderson each tacking on two RBI’s to their stats list, with Brookshaw getting one more as well.
Anderson was also the starting pitcher giving him a win. He is now 2-2 on starting for NDSU this year. The series split has the Bison just under .500 8-9 record overall.
The baseball team’s next game is this Friday against Omaha to kick off their first conference series.
The softball team did not have any success this weekend at all. They went 0-5 with the final games being a 6-8 loss against East Carolina University on Sunday.
The game had stayed close throughout. By the end of the second inning, NDSU was down 5-2. By the end of five, the score changed to 6-4 with the Herd still down. In the sixth, each team scored two keeping the score balanced, and serving the Bison loss number five of the weekend.
Lauren Reimers and Skylar Padgett both had two RBI’s by the end of the game. Paige Vargas was starting for the pitcher. She dropped to 4-9 after the loss.
As a team, Bison softball sits a less than optimal 7-16 record. The Herd gets a much deserved six-day break between games after a busy start to the season. The LMU tournament in Los Angeles awaits the Herd over Spring Break.
Women’s golf had a tournament in Boulder City, NV this past Monday and Tuesday. The Jackrabbit Invite, named after its host team SDSU, saw 14 teams converge at the Boulder Creek Golf Course.
The Bison held in the middle of the pack on the Par-72, 6322-yard golf course. By the end of day one and two rounds, the girls were in seventh place. The team had 309 strokes and 323 strokes in rounds one and two respectively. This put them just one stroke behind sixth place, California State Northridge.
SDSU led the tournament after day one with a 601, 22 strokes ahead of NDSU’s 623. At the end of two Taylor McCorkle with a combined 156 strokes, 75 in the first round and 81 in the second. The person with the individual lead of 141 by the end of day one was Madeline Jin out of Boston College.
The Bison improved on Tuesday, moving up a spot and finishing in sixth place.
The Bison finisher was Taylor McCorkle. The Oregon native (the town in Wisconsin, not the state) shot a solid 224 through the invitational, good enough for 17th place finish. Sierra Bennion’s excellent final round (76) helped her finish 27th overall.
Alexis Thomas was not far behind Bennion shooting a 77 in the final round to help Bison secure sixth place.
The next tournament for the golf squad begins today as the Lady Thunderbird Invitational in St. George, UT.