TEMPE, Ariz.-- North Dakota dropped a pair of games at day two of the Littlewood Classic, hosted by Arizona State Saturday. San Diego improved to 6-2 overall with an 11-3 win in the opener while Texas State upped its mark to 5-3 with a similar 11-3 record in the nightcap.
San Diego 11, North Dakota 3 (6 inn.)
Angel Love notched a pair of hits, including a two-run double in a three-run fourth, but San Diego tallied four multi-run innings to take the win.
"We've got to play more than three or four good innings in a game," UND head coach Jordan Stevens said. "What we did isn't good enolugh to beat good teams."
UND got out to a good start with a Kaylin VanDomelen walk followed by Love's single through the left side to start the ball game. San Diego was able to wriggle free of the jam to keep the game scoreless.
In the second, San Diego scored four, then added three more in the third to take a 7-0 edge. UND got its three-spot in the top of the next stanza with the first three batters all reaching.
Taylor Nadler led off with a walk then back-to-back doubles from Alicia Young and Ashlynn Uvila plated two. Natalie Gerber cashed another one in two batters later with a single up the middle for a 7-3 game.
The Toreros, though, answered with two more in the bottom of that frame and posted two in the sixth to put the game away.
Officially, UND was credited with five hits, two from Love, then the fourth-inning knocks from Young, Uvila and Gerber.
Texas State 11, North Dakota 3 (6 inn.)
Two homers in the top of the first inning provided some early fireworks for North Dakota as it took a 3-0 lead. Texas State, however, scored a pair of runs in each of the first four innings and added three in the sixth to win it.
"We got off to a great start and then we let them right back in the game, which turned into constant production from them," Stevens said. "We had a couple big opportunities to put pressure on them but we got out without making them do anything. We made too many unforced errors."
That first inning started with a one-out homer by Angel Love, her second in as many days at this tournament. After Marina Marzolino singled, Alicia Young smashed a two-run homer to center and it was a 3-0 Fighting Hawks' lead.
The Bobcats scored two in the bottom of the frame to get back within one. UND chased Bobcat starter Jacobs to start with back-to-back walk to start the second. UND would load the bases with no one down but a flyout and two strikeouts doused the threat.
From there, North Dakota got just a Young single and a Taylor Nadler double the rest of the way as Texas State took the win.
North Dakota (3-6) finishes play at the Littlewood Classic with a 10:00 a.m. Central first pitch against Illinois State.