CONWAY, S.C. – With a season-high 13 hits, the University of North Dakota softball team defeated Northern Kentucky, 8-1, to salvage a split on Friday at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. UND started the day with an 8-0 loss to the host Chanticleers.
“We did not play very well in the first game, we didn’t take very good at bats and we let their pitcher command the game,” head coach Jordan Stevens said. “We had a much better approach at the plate in game two and we got a good pitching performance from Kaylin VanDomelen. Nikki Pica also threw well enough to give us a chance to win in the first game, but when we swing the bat like we did and catch like we did, you’re not going to win.”
Rachael Waynick led the Fighting Hawks in the second game with three hits, two RBI’s and one run. Fellow senior Autumn Cervantez also had a strong game at the plate, getting two hits in three at-bats and scoring two runs.
VanDomelen had another dominant performance in the circle for North Dakota, as the redshirt junior recorded eight strikeouts over six innings of work, while conceding just one run to Northern Kentucky. Kyra Lenzi came in for the final inning and got all three batters out to end the game.
The Fighting Hawks scored three runs off of two hits and one error in the third inning to get on the board first. Waynick hit a two-RBI single to score the first two runs of the day for UND.
Cervantez later made the score 4-0 after scoring off a wild pitch in the fourth inning.
UND then went up 7-0 behind another three-run inning in the sixth. Taylor Nadler hit her fourth home run of the season to lead things off for the Fighting Hawks. Later in the inning, Victoria Minor hit a two-RBI single to score Natalie Gerber and VanDomelen.
Northern Kentucky broke the shutout bid in the bottom of the sixth after stringing together three hits to score its lone run of the game.
Coastal Carolina breezed to a five-inning win in UND’s first game of the invitational. The Chanticleers’ pitcher kept North Dakota to just one hit in the contest, as Mary Martin ended the no-hitter in the third inning. Coastal Carolina scored one run in the first inning, before scoring three in the second and four in the third for 8-0 win.
Pica started her fourth game, and only gave up four hits to the Chanticleers, but came out of the contest after 2.1 innings of work. Lenzi pitched the final 1.2 innings for UND without conceding any runs to Coastal Carolina.
North Dakota takes back to the field tomorrow morning for another contest against Northern Kentucky at 11:30 a.m. (CT), followed up with a rematch against Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m.