HAMPTON, Va.-- Multiple runs in each of the final four innings boosted North Dakota to a 9-1 win over Maryland Eastern Shore Friday afternoon in the first game of the Pirate Invitational hosted by Hampton University. The win extended the Fighting Hawks' winning streak to five.
"We made some good adjustments after a slow start to the game," UND head coach Jordan Stevens said. "A good win for us."
UMES actually took the early lead in the bottom of the first with an unearned tally, but UND rallied with three in the top of the second. That rally started with Alicia Young reaching on an error and scoring on Marina Marzolino's triple to left-center. She'd come home on a Lexi Mayhood single to right, then Kaylin VanDomelen cashed in the third run with a sacrifice fly.
UND would add on two runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings. The big blows were a Deja Miller two-run double in the third, an RBI single by Marzolino in th fourth and a run-scoring double by Taylor Nadler in the fifth.
Marzolino collected a pair of hits, driving in two and scoring two more. Seven different UND players tallied at least one RBI in the win.
Bergh tallied her fifth win in the circle this season, throwing four innings with just three hits without an earned run.
North Dakota had its second scheduled game-- against host Hampton-- postponed to Sunday due to weather. UND will play UMES again Saturday morning before a 10:00 a.m. game against Rutgers.