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UND by the numbers
3- Career no-hitters for Kaylin VanDomelen, (Feb. 24 and Mar. 9 this season).
7- UND’s longest win streak this season, second-longest in school history (13).
8- Largest deficit faced in a come-from-behind win for UND in its Div. 1 era (trailed 9-1, won 11-9 on Mar. 24 at PSU).
9- School-record for Big Sky wins in 2017 (UND has 8 so far this season)
10- UND’s true road wins this season (10-15)
10- As of April 25, Number of pitchers that have thrown multiple no-hitters this season in Division I , including Kaylin VanDomelen.
10- Number of states that will host a UND softball game in the regular season
23- Win total each of the last two seasons (one shy of school record)
34- Number of games played before first home game (Mar. 30)
39- VanDomelen career pitching wins (2nd at UND)
545- Kaylin VanDomelen career strikeouts (2nd at UND, Big Sky record).
North Dakota closes out its regular season slate with a big series against Idaho State at home. Those games will be the first this season at Apollo Park as UND aims to clinch a spot in the Big Sky Conference Tournament for the second straight season.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
North Dakota currently sits in third place in the Big Sky Conference standings with one week remaining in the regular season. Only two teams have locked up bids in the six-team postseason tournament (Weber State, Sacramento State) with five other vying for the final four spots. UND needs just one win to seal up a spot and remains mathematically alive for the league’s regular season crown.
SO, YOU'RE SAYING THERE'S A CHANCE...
UND still remains in the running for a conference regular season title. If WSU and Sac State both get swept and UND sweeps Idaho State, North Dakota will have the highest winning percentage of the bunch and will lay claim to the regular season title (Ogden, Utah has been pre-determined as the Big Sky Conference Tournament host, however.)
HOME SWEET HOME (FINALLY)
North Dakota will be playing its first games of the season at its home field, Apollo Park, on Friday and Saturday against Idaho State. UND had its Montana series shifted to the Alerus Center Mar. 30-31 but has seen eight other games
slated for Apollo either moved (three vs. Weber State) or cancelled (three vs Northern Colorado, two vs. South Dakota State).
North Dakota’s doubleheader Friday agasint Idaho State will be carried live on MidcoSN. Jody Norstedt and Greg Enkers have the call of these crucial games as UND chases a Big Sky Tournament berth and the school’s single-season wins record. Saturday’s finale will not be televised but can be seen online via UND Insider and heard locally on 1440-AM.
ALL-TIME VS. IDAHO STATE
The Bengals are 12-2 all-time against North Dakota, including a 2-1 mark last season. ISU split two games in Pocatell, Idaho last year against UND before a 4-1 Big Sky Tournament win over the Fighting Hawks. UND is 1-3 all-time against Idaho State at Apollo Park.
Hannah Bergh, with her three-hitter Tuesday at South Dakota State, now has a team-leading 11 wins this season and has moved up on the career wins mark at UND. She now has 33, good for fifth.
SAVING THE DAY
Kaylin VanDomelen has registered seven saves this season to pace the Big Sky Conference in that category. She is among the NCAA leaders in that stat as she sits tied for fourth nationally.
DOING IT SOLO
Kaylin VanDomelen took matters into her own hands in the April 27 game one win at Sacramento State. The senior not only fired a shutout-- the 14th of her career-- but also hit a solo homer, the only UND run in the win. The victory was her 39th all-time, second-most in the North Dakota history books.
UND’s 1-0 win in the opener at Sacramento State (April 27) was the first-ever Fighting Hawk win in Sacramento (1-8). UND now has 10 true road wins on the season.
BIG TIME IN THE BIG SKY
Taylor Nadler has been swinging a hot bat, especially in the conference portion of the schedule. In league play, Nadler is hitting at a .408 clip, including team-highs with 20 hits, 12 runs, three homers and 13 RBIs. She’s reached base in 13 of 15 conference games this season.
CHASING WINS MARK
North Dakota already has 23 wins on the season with three games left on the regular season’s slate. UND’s program mark for wins in a season is 24, set back in 2000. UND hit 23 wins last season and also set a program-mark for Big Sky wins with nine, both attainable marks this year.
20-win seasons at UND
Kaylin VanDomelen picked up two more shutouts in the series sweep of Montana Mar. 30-31. She allowed just eight hits in the 14 innings while striking out 19 against just one walk. She now has 14 shutouts to her credit in her career, second-most in UND history.
THREE’S A CHARM
UND’s three-game sweep of Montana Mar. 30-31 marked the first-ever three-game conference sweep for the Fighting Hawks in the program’s history. UND had two other Big Sky series sweeps, shortened two-game sweeps over Portland State (2014) and Idaho State (2017).
VanDomelen was named the Big Sky Conference’s Pitcher of the Week for a whopping fourth time this season on April 2. She now has 10 for her standout career.
North Dakota’s series win over Southern Utah made it five consecutive Big Sky series wins, dating back to last season. That streak was snapped at Weber State April 10.
YOU CAN CALL ME AL
North Dakota called the friendly indoor confines of the Alerus Center “home” for the Montana series, Mar. 30-31 and the Al was a gracious host. North Dakota out-scored the Griz 10-1 in sweeping all three games, vaulting into first place in the Big Sky Conference standings at that point.
KVD OVER 500
Senior Kaylin VanDomelen now has 545 career strikeouts, most-ever by a Big Sky Conference pitcher. She moves into second place in the UND record books, passing Mikki Cochrane. Tara Petersen owns the UND record with 932 Ks.
OPENING SERIES SUCCESS
North Dakota picked up a series win in the Big Sky Conference’s opening weekend, the first time UND has taken the series in the league’s first week. Prior to this year, the Fighting Hawks were 2-13 in the first five years in the conference during the opening weekend.
COMEBACK FOR THE AGES
North Dakota trailed Portland State, 9-1, before rallying to score 10 unanswered runs in the final three innings in an 11-9 win Mar. 24 in Portland. It marks the largest comeback in UND’s Division I era and largest comeback win since at least 1992 (early research shows that it could be the largest margin ever overcome to grab a win in school history but some complete boxscores are unavailable prior to 1992).
Taylor Nadler homered twice in UND’s big comeback win at Portland State Mar. 24. She hit a solo homer in the first to give UND a 1-0 lead but the Vikings piled on nine runs. She’d homer again and would drive in four runs as UND scored 10 unanswered for an improbable 11-9 victory.
PERFECT GAME GEM
Kaylin VanDomelen twirled her first career perfect game Mar. 9 vs. Santa Clara, striking out a career-best 14 in the win. She needed just 64 pitches (49 for strikes) in the victory, striking out the side on three different occasions.
NO-NO, NO-NO, NO-NO
Kaylin VanDomelen’s perfect game gave her a third no-hitter in her career and second in a two-week span. She threw her second career no-hitter Feb. 24 against Cleveland State, going 7.0 innings with seven strikeouts. She also earned her 10th career shutout in the win. Her last no-no hitter came against UCONN in March of last season.
ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES A LADY
Kaylin VanDomelen was named the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week for the third consecutive time on March 13th. In doing so, she became just the second-ever player to earn three straight weekly honors. Her latest performance included a 14-strikeout perfect game over Santa Clara (Mar. 9) for her second no-hitter this season. She has four total Big Sky Pitcher of the Week honors this season.
PICA PICKIN UP DUBS
Nikki Pica won both games of the series in the wins at Portland State, Mar. 23-24. She nabbed her first career win with a relief outing on Mar. 23. She went 3.1 innings in that game, allowing just one hit and striking out three as North Dakota scored four late runs to open up a 5-5 tie and gave North Dakota the win. A day later, she came on in relief in the first inning to get the final out there and later pitched the sixth with the game tied and into the seventh with UND leading to grab another win. She went 2.0 innings, allowing five runs.
North Dakota rattled off seven straight wins from Feb. 24 to Mar. 3 this season, its longest win streak in the program’s Division I history. It ranks as the second-longest winning streak ever at UND, following a 13-game streak back in 2000.
Angel Love has six triples already this season, sixth-most in all of NCAA Division I. She’s done so with three different games with two three-baggers. Her season total is already third-best in the UND record books and it puts her eighth in the career category as well.
ANGEL’S IN THE OUTFIELD
Angel Love hit .500 in the first weekend (seven hits), followed that up with four hits, including two homers in week two and again had seven hits in week three (.500). She paces the team in triples (6), homers (6), runs (31), slugging percentage (.547), and steals (10).
Michaela Zins homered for the first time in her career in the 4-3 win over Cleveland State on Feb. 25. The senior has three extra-base hits to her credit of her eight career hits (2 doubles, 1 HR).
I’M LOVE-IN’ IT
Angel Love hit two homers at Arizona State, the firsts of her career. She also stole two bases and tallied four hits on the weekend.
YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Alicia Young whacked a double and a homer en route to a career-high five RBIs in the 9-5 win at Tennessee State on Feb. 26. She reached base three times and also stole a base in the win.
Both VanDomelen and Love earned Big Sky Conference weekly honors for their performances in week three at the Belmont/Tennessee Winter Warmup,. VanDomelen won two games, saved two more and threw her second career no-hitter while Love hit five extra-base hits, including four triples and scored seven times in the five games.
Senior Taylor Nadler was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week after driving in 10 runs in five games in the opening week of the season at Charleston Southern. The senior hit safely in all five games, extending her hitting streak to seven. She drove in runs in four of the games, including two RBI hits in the first inning alone of Sunday’s win at South Carolina State.
Senior Taylor Nadler racked up 10 RBI in the opening weekend, notching three in a game on two different occasions. She had at least one RBI in all but one game and extended her hitting streak to seven straight, dating back to last season.
MAYHOOD UP TO NO GOOD
Lexi Mayhood whacked her first career dinger Feb. 9 against Towson. She totaled three hits in the opening weekend to surpass her hit total from all of last season.
OFF TO OGDEN
The Big Sky Conference will host the conference tournament in Ogden, Utah on the campus of Weber State University. WSU also hosted last season’s tournament in the old format of regular season champion hosting the six-team postseason tournament. This year, league officials went to a pre-determined site. UND is in the final season in the Big Sky Conference and will move to The Summit League next season.
HOW TO FOLLOW?
You can follow UND softball on twitter @UNDsoftball for in-game scores, notes and links to live stats and how to watch.
FIGHTING HAWKS ON MOBILE
Take North Dakota softball with you wherever you go with UNDsports.com’s mobile app. Download it to your computer or your smart phone for free and follow your team wherever they go.
FIGHTING HAWKS ON RADIO
Saturday’s game against Idaho State will air on 1440-AM KKXL in Grand Forks. Tim Hennessy is on the call.