LOS ANGELES -- The UND softball team dropped its final contest of the weekend, losing 9-1 in five innings to Loyola Marymount on Sunday afternoon at the Cal State Northridge-Loyola Marymount Tournament.
“We mounted an early threat and had another big chance in the third, but was only able to come away with one,” head coach Jordan Stevens said. “LMU swung the bats well today and took full advantage of our mistakes. Their big innings were too much to overcome.”
Loyola Marymount out-paced the Fighting Hawks, as the Lions put together six runs in the fourth and fifth innings for the win.
North Dakota put three runners on base in the first inning, coming off one hit, one walk and one hit by pitch, but LMU got the final out of the inning to escape without conceding a run.
The Lions got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the second, but North Dakota responded in the top of the third to cut its deficit in half. Mary Martin hit a leadoff double to start the inning and Rachael Waynick followed up with a single to move Martin to third. Waynick later stole second which resulted in an throwing error by the Lions and allowed Martin a safe trip home for UND’s lone run of the game.
Following the unearned run by North Dakota, Loyola Marymount went on to score seven unanswered runs for the walk-off win.
“We had a rough weekend, outside of one game, but we’ve got to keep this in perspective,” Stevens said. “Although we know we can play better, we didn’t, but we’re learning what it takes to be good. We’re turning the corner with this program and sometimes you hit some road blocks along the way. We’re challenging ourselves and that’s good for us. Ultimately, we will learn from every game we play and in the end, we will be there.”
The loss drops North Dakota to 10-15 on the season, as the Fighting Hawks went 1-4 over the weekend at the Cal State Northridge-Loyola Marymount Tournament.
Waynick led the Fighting Hawks over the weekend with a .357 average, recording five hits in 14 at-bats, scoring one run and hitting 5 RBI’s. Hannah Bergh had a solid weekend in the circle for UND, throwing the program’s second no-hitter against a DI opponent in the 9-0 win against Hartford on Saturday. Bergh threw a total of 8.1 innings, striking out eight batters, and conceded just three earned runs.
The Fighting Hawks enter their final weekend of play before starting conference action, heading to Davis, Calif., for the Aggie Tournament, March 16-18.