CEDAR CITY, Utah-- Marina Marzolino collected five hits, including a career-high four in the nightcap as North Dakota salvaged a split in a Friday Big Sky Conference doubleheader at Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds took game one, 3-0, but the Fighting Hawks stormed back with a four-run first inning in game two en route to a 10-8 win.
Southern Utah 3, North Dakota 0
The Fighting Hawks had their five-game winning streak snapped as the T'birds got some late runs to break open a scoreless duel in the final frames. SUU (6-26, 3-5 Big Sky) broke open the tie with a solo homerun then plated two more with three singles in the windy conditions.
That was enough for SUU starter Hall, who allowed just three hits in the complete-game win, working around four walks with a pair of strikeouts.
UND had runners aboard in five of the seven innings, but hit into a pair of inning-ending double plays and left five others aboard in the loss.
Angel Love, Marzolino and Dani Romero had the Fighting Hawk hits.
Kaylin VanDomelen took the loss in the circle, allowing two earned runs over six innings on seven hits with five punchouts.
North Dakota 10, Southern Utah 8
UND (20-19, 6-2) got its revenge in the second game as the offense exploded for a four-spot in the opening frame. The Fighting Hawks batted around in that inning with six straight batters reaching at one point.
Jailene Carpio got the rally going with a leadoff double the Love and Marzolino later each singled. After a Romero walk, VanDomelen cashed in two with a single up the middle. Alicia Young then walked and Natalie Gerber plated two more with another single back up the box.
UND would add two more in the next frame as another leadoff double by Carpio set things up. Marzolino singled to score one then Romero walked to chase the Thunderbirds' starter. A hit by pitch and a walk forced another run in and it was a commanding 6-0 lead through one-and-a-half innings.
SUU did rally in the fourth with four runs but North Dakota answered right back with three more in the fifth. Two walks started the stanza then a Taylor Nadler RBI single and a Love sacrifice fly helped UND regain a 9-4 edge.
It was 10-4 an inning later with VanDomelen's double driving home Romero, who had ledoff with a single to center.
VanDomelen closed the door in the final inning, working free from a seventh-inning jam that saw the Thunderbirds get five baserunners and score two more to inch back to 10-8. VanDomelen left the bases loaded with an infield popout and a game-ending groundout.
Hannah Bergh got the win in the circle, throwing 3.2 innings with three hits and four earned runs with three strikeouts.
Marzolino went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and another driven in to pace a 12-hit offense in the second game. Gerber tallied three RBIs while VanDomelen and Carpio each had a pair of hits.
The teams settle the series Saturday with a single game set for a 2:00 p.m. start.