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Emily Bell had three hits and three RBI for UND in the win against UC Davis.
North Dakota picks up first win, downing UC Davis 9-4
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Updated: Sunday 03/19/2014 14:39:35 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
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RENO, Nev. – Leading off with five runs in the first inning, the University of North Dakota softball team won its first contest of the 2014 season, defeating UC Davis, 9-4, on the final day of the Wolf Pack Classic on Sunday.

“Everything came together today,” head coach Eric Oakley said. “Solid hitting go us started and pitching kept the opposition off-balance.

“Our defense, despite some errors, collected themselves and ensured that the mistakes were not consecutive or costly. Also, I’d like to congratulate Kaylin VanDomelen on her first college win in the circle.”

UND started off the game with its first two batters getting on base and getting themselves into scoring position, as Caralyn Chewning led off with a single to center field and D Jantzer followed up with a double to right center.

Kim Granata then reached on a fielder’s choice, but the Aggies were unable to convert the play as Chewning scored to give UND the early lead. Another fielder’s choice by UC Davis allowed Amanda Johnson to get on base, and the failed attempt by the Aggies loaded the bases for North Dakota.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Megan Keegan singled to third base to score Jantzer. Later with one out, Emily Bell doubled to center field to drive home Johnson and Granata for the 4-0 lead. With two outs, a sacrifice fly by Jackie Lilek would score Keegan for the final UND run of the inning.

North Dakota scored two more runs in the top of the second, as a double by Keegan with two outs would score Jantzer and Granata to give UND a 7-0 lead.

Two errors by UND in the bottom of the third would result in UC Davis scoring their first two runs of the game. North Dakota responded in the top of the fourth with a lone run as a ground out by Bell would be good enough to score Granata, her third run of the game.

With UND leading 8-2, UC Davis hit a two-run homer to double its score. Again North Dakota responded in the following inning, as a ground out by Autumn Cervantez would score Elizabeth Cudney to give UND the 9-4 lead headed into the bottom of the seventh.

North Dakota finished the game strong as UC Davis went three up, three down to close out the contest.

VanDomelen pitched the complete game, giving up only two earned runs on four hits. She also recorded five strike outs in the contest.

UND now prepares for a trip out to California, where it will take on Saint Mary’s for a lone game on March 21, and open Big Sky Conference play with three games against Sacramento State, March 21-22.

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