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Deja Miller tripled and made an outstanding catch in right field in UND's 5-1 win over Idaho State Saturday.
Records set in regular season finale win
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 05/05/2018
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GRAND FORKS, N.D.--  North Dakota jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, defeating Idaho State, 5-1, in the regular season finale at Apollo Park Saturday afternoon. The win gave the Fighting Hawks a new program mark for wins in a single season and the most-ever Big Sky Conference wins in the program's brief history in the league.

North Dakota wasted little time taking the lead, getting on the board in the first inning as Lexi Mayhood got hit with a pitch on the first delivery of the frame. After Mayhood stole second and advanced to third on a grounder, Marina Marzolino drove in the game's first run with a hard-hit single to right. Kaylin VanDomelen then followed with a single of her own to help her own cause with a 2-0 advantage.

In the third, ISU finally got its first hits off of VanDomelen with a pair of weakly-hit infield grounders to got two runners on with nobody on. VanDomelen induced a popup, got a strikeout and a another groundout to end the threat.

The Bengals got two aboard again in the fourth, but again, VanDomelen stranded them both with a strikeout looking of Frankie Tago to preserve a 2-0 edge.

UND (25-26, 10-8 Big Sky) tacked on two in the fifth when senior Natalie Gerber singled to right and later scored on Mayhood's RBI knock to left. Deja Miller, who entered the game an inning prior, stroked a triple over the head of the left fielder's head and it was a 4-0 Fighting Hawks lead.

The Bengals (13-34, 8-13) strung together a pair of hits in the sixth to eventually break through and score a run, but that would be it.

The final UND run came when VanDomelen was hit by a pitch to start the home half of the sixth and she came all the way around, eventually scoring when Gerber stole second with two down.

In the seventh with a 5-1 Fighting Hawk lead, Miller snared a screaming liner in right for the second out and VanDomelen gave way for fellow senior Hannah Bergh to get the game's final out for the seniors' final game at home and a new program record for wins.

"Coach asked if I wanted to finish it or let Hannah Bergh to come in," VanDomelen said of the final out. "It was a pleasure working with her, she's been great and I couldn't imagine not letting her pitch on Senior Day."

UND finished with seven hits on the afternoon, led by a pair by Gerber. Mayhood, Miller, VanDomelen, Marzolino and Minor each added hits for the Fighting Hawks. VanDomelen earned her 12th win of the season, going 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits with one run allowed and four strikeouts without a walk issued.

North Dakota has already secured the No. 3 spot in the six-team Big Sky Conference Tournament. It's opponent is not yet know as Portland State's series with Southern Utah concludes Sunday. North Dakota's first game in the double-elimination tournament will be at 1:00 p.m. Central Thursday afternoon.

Notes: North Dakota's win total (25) and Big Sky wins total (10) are both school records ... UND's five seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony: Hannah Bergh, Natalie Gerber, Taylor Nadler, Kaylin VanDomelen and Michaela Zins

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