NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Junior pitcher Hannah Bergh threw her first career no-hitter on Saturday, as the UND softball team defeated Hartford, 9-0, in five innings at the Cal State Northridge-Loyola Marymount Tournament. It marks the second no-hitter a UND pitcher has thrown in as many weeks.
North Dakota was unfortunately unable to pick up a second win on the day, as Quinnipiac defeated the Fighting Hawks, 3-2, to conclude the day’s competition.
“We played eight innings of very good softball today, but we didn’t finish and that cost us a game in the end,” head coach Jordan Stevens said. “We had a great pitching performance in game one today. Hannah was completely in control, we swung very well and had good plate discipline. We started hot in game two, but cooled off quickly and wasn’t able to seal the deal.”
Bergh threw a season-high five strikeouts in the contest, earning her second career shutout and her sixth win of the season. The Orono, Minn., native was also just two batters away from a perfect game, as Hartford’s leadoff batter reached on an error and Bergh gave up one walk in the fourth.
North Dakota did most its scoring in the bottom of the third, as the Fighting Hawks put together eight runs on four hits and two errors.
Victoria Minor led off the inning with a double, before Rachael Waynick followed up with her first home run of the season to get UND on the board, 2-0. Mary Martin was then walked in four-straight pitches and Taylor Nadler hit another home run for UND to go up 4-0. The final four runs of the inning were scored off a combination of walks and errors committed by Hartford, before Nadler hit a fly-ball to center field in her second trip to the plate to end the inning.
The Fighting Hawks later added a final run in the fourth to seal off the 9-0 win. Both Minor and Nadler had two hits in the contest, while Waynick led UND with three RBI’s.
Offense was a bit harder to come by in later game against Quinnipiac. North Dakota got on the board first with two runs in the top of the second, but the Bobcats chipped away with one run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to earn the 3-2 win.
With one out in the second inning, UND loaded the bases with three-straight singles before scoring the first run of the game when Minor earned a base on balls. Waynick followed up with a single to score Maddy Clowdus to go up 2-0, before the Bobcats could end the inning.
In the bottom half of the final three innings, the Bobcats scored each run with two outs as they narrowly escaped defeat. The winning run of the contest was also scored off a UND error, which would have allowed UND to play in extra innings, but instead gave Quinnipiac the walk-off win.
North Dakota finishes off the weekend with a solo game tomorrow morning against Loyola Marymount at 10:30 a.m. (CT).