North Dakota Athletics
Courtesy: Russell Hons for UNDsports.com
Notes: UND takes aim at Big Sky title Thursday
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 05/09/2018

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 10
Game One: #4 Portland State vs. #5 Montana - 10:30 a.m.
Game Two: #3 North Dakota vs. #6 Northern Colorado - 1 p.m.
Game Three: #1 Sacramento State vs. Winner of Game 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Game Four: #2 Weber State vs. Winner of Game 2 - 6 p.m.

Friday, May 11
Game Five: Loser of Game 2 vs. Loser of Game 3 - 10:30 a.m.
Game Six: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 4 - 1 p.m.
Game Seven: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 - 3:30 p.m.
Game Eight: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 5 - 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 12
Game Nine: Loser of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 - 12 p.m.
Game Ten: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 9 - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 13
Game 11: (If Necessary) Winner of Game 9 must also win Game 10 - 10 a.m.

UND by the numbers
3- Career no-hitters for Kaylin VanDomelen, (Feb. 24 and Mar. 9 this season).
3- North Dakota’s seed in upcoming Big Sky Conference Tournament
6-6 UND’s record this season against the tourney field 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).
10- School-record for Big Sky wins
10- UND’s true road wins this season (10-15)
10- Number of states that will host a UND softball game in the regular season
11
- As of May 7, Number of pitchers that have thrown multiple no-hitters this season in Division I , including Kaylin VanDomelen.
25- Single-season school record for wins this season
34- Number of games played before first home game (Mar. 30)
41- VanDomelen career pitching wins (2nd at UND)
558- Kaylin VanDomelen career strikeouts (2nd at UND, Big Sky record).

ON TAP
North Dakota is the No. 3 seed heading into the Big Sky Conference Tournament, a six-team field set for May 10-13 in Ogden, Utah on the campus of Weber State University. Sacramento State laid claim to the top seed with WSU at No. 2. UND will get sixth-seeded Northern Colorado in the Thursday opener for both teams at 1:00 p.m. Central in the double-elimination tournament.

ALL-CONFERENCE QUARTET
North Dakota boasted four players on the recently announced All-Big Sky Conference teams. Kaylin VanDomelen was a unanimous selection to the first team once again while Angel Love, Marina Marzolino and Taylor Nadler were all honorable mention selections.

HOME SWEET HOME (FINALLY)
North Dakota finished its home schedule with a 5-1 record at home (3-0 at Alerus Center and 2-1 at Apollo Park). UND’s first home games at its regular home facility didn’t come until the final series, May 4-5 vs. Idaho State.

HOLY HANNAH
Hannah Bergh, with her three-hitter last 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.

DEJA’S VIEW
Junior Deja Miller entered midway through the final game of the regular season in right field and promptly made a difference. She’d triple and drive in a run in her only at bat (her first career triple) then snared a screaming liner down the line with one down in the seventh to help preserve the win.

MONTH OF MAYHOOD
Lexi Mayhood has an active six-game hitting streak, five of those coming in the month of May. Since returning to the starting shortdtop gig, she’s upped her batting average 37 points and was 4-for-8 in the series against Idaho State last week.

SAC TIME
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 .356 clip, including team-highs with 21 hits, 12 runs, three homers and 14 RBIs. She reached base in 14 of 18 conference games this season.

SETTING A NEW STANDARD
North Dakota already has 25 wins on the season heading into tournament play, owners of a new single-season wins mark for the program. UND’s previous program mark for wins in a season was 24, set back in 2000. UND hit 23 wins last season and also set a program-mark for Big Sky wins with nine, both surpassed this season. 

20-win seasons at UND
2018                      25-26
2000                      24-25
2017                      23-32
2007                      23-28
2002                      23-33
1987                      21-25
1995                      21-18
2001                      21-28
1994                      20-21
2005                      20-29
2011                      20-35

TWO-FOR
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).

FOUR!
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.

HIGH FIVE!
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 558 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).

NADLER’S KNOCKS
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.

SEVEN-WIN STREAK
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.

YOU TRIPLIN’
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 (.521), and steals (11).

COMMON ZINS
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.

HONOR ROLL
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.

NADLER’S NOD
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.

TAY TEN
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.

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