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Taylor Hansen recorded a hit against FGCU in the day's final game.
UND drops games to Arkansas and FGCU to open season
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Updated: Monday 02/21/2014 22:21:00 (ET)
by Ross LaDue, UND Media Relations
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The University of North Dakota softball team opened the 2014 season against some stiff competition at the Florida Gulf Coast University/Four Points by Sheraton Round Robin on Friday.

North Dakota suffered a 20-1 defeat at the hands of Arkansas to start the day, before dropping a 12-0 decision to hosts Florida Gulf Coast later in the evening.

In the first game of the day, the Razorbacks opened a 12-0 lead in the first inning off of seven hits and five walks. During the second inning, after Arkansas went up 17-0, freshman pitcher Megan Hedstrom took over for North Dakota and started to find a groove.

Hedstrom pitched the remaining 3.1 innings against Arkansas, only conceding one earned run while striking out three.

On the heels of a no-hitter against Eastern Michigan, Arkansas was in position to post a second no-hitter. With one out remaining in the fifth inning, North Dakota’s Elizabeth Cudeny went up to bat and hit a home run over the left-field wall to erase the potential no-hitter for Arkansas’s Kimmy Beasley.

In game two, Taylor Hansen got things started on the right track for UND, hitting a single through the left side before stealing second. Rachael Waynick then reached on an error by the FGCU shortstop, which also allowed Hansen to advance to third. Unfortunately, North Dakota was unable to capitalize with two runners on base and FGCU closed out the inning leaving Waynick and Hansen on base.

Florida Gulf Coast went on to score five runs in the first inning, three in the second inning and four in the fourth.

After the single by Hansen in the first, North Dakota recorded two more hits before ending the contest. Waynick hit a double to left field in the third inning and Mazi Joslin singled through the right side in the fourth inning.

After pitching well against Arkansas to start the day, Hedstrom returned to the circle and pitched all four innings, giving up nine earned runs on 13 hits.

North Dakota returns to the diamond tomorrow to take on Harvard at 12:30 p.m. (CT) and Eastern Michigan at 5 p.m. (CT).

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