Courtesy: Tyler Ingham,
Fighting Hawks falls twice in South Carolina
Release: 03/04/2017
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CONWAY, S.C. – The University of North Dakota softball team lost a 6-3 game to Northern Kentucky and a 2-1 game to Coastal Carolina on Saturday at the second day of the Coastal Carolina Invitational.

“We’ve got to play the game better, it comes down to that,” head coach Jordan Stevens said. “We have to do a better job of swinging at strikes, catching fly balls, and fielding ground balls; our process much improve.”

After picking up the win against Northern Kentucky yesterday to end the day, UND ended up losing to the Norse, 6-3, to start competition on Saturday. The Norse opened the scoring with a lone run in the second inning before taking scoring three in the third and two in the fifth for a 6-0 lead.

The Fighting Hawks started to swing the bat better toward the end of the game, but UND was only able to muster three runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth.

Hannah Bergh made the start for UND and pitched five innings before Kyra Lenzi came in for relief. Bergh only conceded three earned runs on the day, while Lenzi kept Northern Kentucky hitless through the final two innings.

North Dakota and Coastal Carolina faced off for a rematch to end the day. The Chanticleers took the Friday’s game by a score of 8-0, but UND put up a stronger fight the second time around. Unfortunately, Coastal Carolina still ended up winning by a score of 2-1 to keep UND winless on the day.

Coastal Carolina scored both of its two runs in the bottom half of the first inning, but after that, Kaylin VanDomelen kept the host team from any further scoring.

UND’s lone run came in the second inning, as VanDomelen helped her own cause by leading off the inning with her first home run of the season.

On the day, Victoria Minor led UND with two hits in four at-bats, while VanDomelen, Rachael Waynick and Dani Romero each had two hits in six-at bats with one run scored. VanDomelen also struck out 10 during her performance in the circle against Coastal Carolina.

North Dakota finishes weekend competition with a single game against UConn tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.

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