BROOKINGS, S.D.-- Hannah Bergh threw a three-hitter in the nightcap to give North Dakota a 3-1 win at South Dakota State, salvaging a split of a non-conference doubleheader.
South Dakota State 8, North Dakota 2
The Jackrabbits used a six-run second inning as a springboard to an 8-2 win in the opener. SDSU (32-14) got the first four batters aboard in that frame and added two more hits to claim a quick 6-0 lead.
That would be plenty for SDSU starter Hope, who earned her 19th win of the season with a complete game, scattering seven hits with a pair of runs.
UND would get to her in the fifth, however, to inch closer. Kaylin VanDomelen led off the stanza with a double to right and pinch-runner Deja Miller scored on Natalie Gerber's RBI groundout. After Victoria Minor reach on an error, Lexi Mayhood singled then Taylor Nadler followed suit to score the second UND run. Hope would wiggle out of the inning without further damage, stranding runners at the corners in a 7-2 game.
SDSU tacked on an insurance tally in the sixth on the way to its 32nd win of the season.
Nadler and VanDomelen each had two hits in the opener. Hannah Bergh came on in relief in the circle to throw four innings of four-hit ball, allowing just one run.
North Dakota 3, South Dakota State 1
The Fighting Hawks turned the tables in game two, tallying a big inning early to seize control. UND's (23-25) big inning came in the top of the second as the bottom of the order helped turn the lineup over and churn together a big inning.
In that frame, Dani Romero led off with a single to center. After Alicia Young drew a one-out walk, Victoria Minor doubled to left center to plate the first run. Lexi Mayhood then laced a two-run double to left for a 3-0 North Dakota advantage.
Bergh, despite runners getting aboard in six of the seven innings, dodged trouble and worked her way out of multiple situations to keep UND in front. She'd allowed just two hits and had a shutout going into the final inning but SDSU was able to string together a walk and a double to scratch across a run. Kaylin VanDomelen came on to induce a game-ending groundout to shortstop for her seventh save, among the national leaders in that category.
UND needed just four hits to claim the game two win, one each from Mayhood, Romero, Natalie Gerber and Minor. Bergh's final line was 6.2 innings with three hits allowed, one run and three strikeouts.
North Dakota will finally play its first games at its home facility this weekend when it hosts Idaho State in the season's final series. UND tangles with the Bengals in a Friday doubleheader with a single game Saturday with UND needing just one win to clinch a spot in the six-team Big Sky Conference Tournament.