“The bats showed up big for us today,” head coach Eric Oakley said. “We had struggled lately to get the key hit with runners in scoring position. Hitting coach Amanda Montalto stressed the importance of putting the ball in play in those situations this past week at practice and the team clearly responded.
“It was a great overall team effort, but I’d like to give a special congrats to Megan Hedstrom for getting her first collegiate win on her birthday!”
The fourth inning proved to be big for North Dakota in both games, as UND scored six runs in both games in the fourth inning.
In the first game, UND took a 2-1 lead after the first inning and extended the lead to 6-1 in the top of the third. However, Portland State came back with six runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-6 advantage. Then in the fourth inning, UND scored six runs off of four hits, including scoring hits by Amanda Johnson, Kaylin VanDomelen, and Elizabeth Cudney.
With the 12-7 lead, UND’s VanDomelen kept Portland State to just one hit through the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Portland State scored a lone run in the bottom of the seventh, but it wouldn’t be enough as UND went on to claim the 12-8 win.
After pitching one out in relief during the first game, Hedstrom started for UND in the circle for the second game. Hedstrom kept Portland State to just two runs on eight hits through the first six innings.
UND again scored six runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-1 lead after the Vikings scored a lone run in the first inning. Kim Granata had an explosive inning for North Dakota, as she recorded a leadoff double before scoring off a double by Megan Keegan during the next at-bat. Granata then had a 2 RBI double later to help score UND’s fifth and sixth runs of the fourth inning.
Both teams scored solo runs in the fifth inning as UND entered the seventh inning with a 7-2 advantage. However, a total of 11 runs would be scored between both sides in the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Portland State would put together a rally of seven runs off of seven hits, but UND put an end to the Vikings late bid for a comeback and took the second game 11-9.
A third-game was scheduled to be played at Sunday, March 30, but due to inclement weather and field conditions in Portland, Ore., the game has been cancelled.
UND returns to the Midwest for a slate of midweek games, taking on Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill., on Wednesday, April 2, before taking on Indiana State in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 3.