Softball dominates Omaha in sweep

Bison allow just one run in three games

NDSU Softball made it rain on Omaha.

This past weekend, the North Dakota State softball team showed off their skills at home by sweeping the Omaha Mavericks in a three-game series.

The Bison walked away with an 8-1 win in the first game. Things started early with the first run coming in the bottom of the first.

After Omaha answered back with a solo home run in the second, it was starting to look like a good game was on the way. However, the Bison had different ideas.

Another RBI single came in the second along with the start of the fourth, but then catcher Maddie Hansen turned it up a notch. The senior knocked it out of the park to score a three-run home run, her 10th homer of the season.

She was followed by Vanessa Anderson, who hit a solo homer in the fifth. Sam Koehn then rounded off the NDSU’s runs with an RBI in the fifth.

The second game on the day saw even more Herd dominance. NDSU shut out Omaha with an 11-0 victory that came blasting right out the gate.

In the bottom of the first and with the bases loaded, Anderson scored her second home run of the day to bring the score to 4-0.

The home runs continued to rain in the second with a two-run shot from Cara Beatty. One final blast on the day came with a solo home run from second baseman Zoe Stavrou in the third.

Also in the third was an RBI single from shortstop Montana Decamp. She was followed in the fourth by Katie Shoultz, who had a two-RBI single in the fourth.

After a dominant day and a good night’s rest, the Bison came back one more time to finish things off in a cool, Saturday morning game where they won 15-0, a season high for runs scored.

Once again, the Herd started big with three homers and six runs in the bottom of the first. The first home run was a two-runner from DeCamp. After her came a solo shot from Hansen.

The trio was finished by Anderson with a two-run home run, who had now hit it out of the park in every game of the weekend.

The final score in the first came from a Koehn RBI, and the second inning saw the big plays continue.

The second started with Anderson batting in Hansen. Then Stavrou was able to reach first and bat in Beatty after a fielding error, but it wouldn’t be Omaha’s last mistake of the day.

Madyson Camacho hit a single in the second, but after an Omaha fielding error, she advanced to second along with Stavrou to third and Anderson to home plate.

The second was finished off by Lauren Reimers bringing home Camacho and Stavrou for two runs.

The Herd completed their 15 runs with four more in the third, including RBI doubles from Cameryn Maykut and Camacho and RBI singles from DeCamp and Reimers.

The series keeps NDSU at the top of Summit League with a 14-1 conference record and 36-12 overall record. They are followed by South Dakota who has a 11-4 record.

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