Courtesy: Matt Schill,
Kaylin VanDomelen threw her second no-hitter in a two-week span, striking out a career-high 14 in her first career perfect game vs. Santa Clara Friday.
VanDomelen perfect game kicks off Cal Poly Tourney
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 03/09/2018
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.-- Senior Kaylin VanDomelen continued her dominance Friday, throwing a seven-inning perfect game with a career-high 14 strikeouts in a 3-0 win to open play at the Cal Poly Tournament. It marked her second no-hitter already this season and gave her wins in five consecutive starts, all allowing one run or fewer on each occasion.

North Dakota 3, Santa Clara 0
VanDomelen started the game by striking out the side in the first inning to set the tone for her gem. She'd do it again in the third then four more in the fourth through sixth innings. The Banks, Ore., native then put the finishing touches on her masterpiece by again striking out the side in the seventh on the way to a career-high 14 punch-outs and her third career no-hitter.

Santa Clara did all it could to slow down the train, sending up pinch hitters in each spot in that final inning, but VanDomelen made quick work of all three. All told, she needed just a tidy 64 pitches to complete the gem with 49 strikes and just 15 balls.

Her offense made sure it was a win in the sixth by plating three runs to break to scoreless tie. UND batted around in that inning, with five consecutive batters reaching at one point. Natalie Gerber singled with one out then Angle Love was hit and Alicia Young coaxed a walk to load the bases. Marina Marzolino cleared the bases with a three-run double to left, her second double of the game.

Cal Poly 3, North Dakota 0
In the second game, Hannah Bergh shrugged off a leadoff double to set down the next eight batters, keeping the game scoreless until the fourth. In that frame, the host Mustangs grabbed two unearned runs as a runner reached to start the inning then a two-out homer staked Cal Poly to a 2-0 lead.

They made it 3-0 in the sixth with singles book-ending another error. That would be all CP pitcher Chalmers would need as she went the distance and allowed just two hits in the win.

UND's first hit didn't come until the fifth when Marzolino smacked another double-- her third of the day-- to right center. UND couldn't convert it into runs and a one-out VanDomelen double in the sixth was also stranded to end the biggest scoring threats.

North Dakota squares off with those two teams again Saturday before a Sunday tilt against Marist to round out the tournament.

Notes: In VanDomelen's last five starts, she is 5-0 with a 0.38 earned run average, throwing 37.0 innings with just two earned runs and 46 strikeouts ... She has two no-hitters in that span ... Marzolino came into the game with one double and the season and totaled three in six at-bats Friday.

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