NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The North Dakota softball team dropped two contests Friday in the opening day of the Cal State Northridge-Loyola Marymount Tournament, losing 8-0 to CSUN and 6-3 to Boise State.
“We simply aren’t playing well enough to beat good teams, that’s really all there is to it,” head coach Jordan Stevens said after the losses. “Two big innings cost us today and all because we didn’t make routine plays. We’ve got to hit and play defense if we are going to give ourselves a chance to win more consistently. We still have lofty goals for this team, but just because you say you want it, doesn’t make it happen We need to be better and we’ve got to make it happen.”
North Dakota started off the day against co-host Cal State Northridge, and kept the Matadors off the board for the first two innings. Unfortunately, CSUN put together a big third inning, scoring six runs on five hits to break open the contest. The Matadors added one run in the fourth and fifth innings each to take the early 8-0 win.
CSUN limited the Fighting Hawks to just one hit, which came off the bat of Mary Martin in the very first at-bat of the contest.
In the nightcap, North Dakota jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Boise State in the bottom of the third, but again, a disastrous inning cost the Fighting Hawks. The Broncos put together five runs on three hits and one error in the top of the fifth to take the lead.
UND scored a run in the bottom of the inning to cut its deficit in half, but ultimately, could not overcome the Broncos’ fifth-inning blitz.
North Dakota takes back to the field tomorrow morning for two more contests at the tournament. UND plays Hartford at 10 a.m. (CT) before finishing off the day against Quinnipiac at 12:30 p.m.