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Courtesy: UNDsports.com
Four UND softballers earn all-Big Sky accolades
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 05/08/2018
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OGDEN, Utah-- Four University of North Dakota softball players were honored Tuesday as the All-Big Sky Conference teams were announced. Senior Kaylin VanDomelen was a repeat first teamer while senior Taylor Nadler, junior Marina Marzolino and sophomore Angel Love each picked up honorable mention accolades for the Fighting Hawks.

The quartet has helped guide UND to the No. 3 seed in the upcoming postseason league tournament at Weber State University. All four have played instrumental roles in North Dakota securing a single-season program record for win this year (25) as they go for their first postseason wins in the school's Big Sky era.

VanDomelen, the ace of the Fighting Hawks' pitching staff, has added on to her already impressive resume this season, throwing a pair of no-hitters-- including a perfect game-- as part of her team-high 12 wins on the year. She is second in the league in strikeouts and has seven saves, among the NCAA leaders in that category. The Banks, Ore., native holds a 2.19 earned run average in the circle while producing a .286 batting average with 44 hits and 14 runs batted in at the plate.

Nadler, from New Haven, Mo, leads UND in a host of offensive categories, pacing the Fighting Hawks in batting average (.321), hits (50) and runs batted in (31). Her 14 doubles this season are just three shy of the school's single-season record and her 23 two-baggers in her two seasons on campus already crack the career top 10 in that category. In league play, Nadler is hitting a robust .356 with a .424 on-base percentage. She's reached safely in 14 of 18 conference games in the regular season.
 
Marzolino has played in every game this season, collecting a .256 batting average with nine stolen bases. The Orange, Calif., native has hit safely in 15 of 18 league games this season for a .339 batting average in conference play. She collected four hits in a win at Southern Utah, part of her eight multi-hit games. She's committed just two errors in the field in Big Sky play.

Love has whacked 19 extra-base hits this season, pacing the Fighting Hawks in homers (6) and triples (6). Her triple total leads the Big Sky and is among the top 10 nationally. The product of Las Vegas, Nev., has stolen a team-best 11 bases and is slugging .521, tops on the team.

North Dakota has qualified for the Big Sky Conference Tournament for the second straight season and will face sixth-seeded Northern Colorado Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the opening round of the double-elimination bracket.

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