OGDEN, Utah-- The University of North Dakota's run in the Big Sky Conference has come to unexpected end following the softball championship tournament being cut short due to time constraints. UND was one of four teams still alive in the double-elimination tournament that was ultimately awarded to top-seeded Sacramento State following its winners' bracket victory over Northern Colorado Saturday evening.
North Dakota was set to face Portland State Saturday morning in an elimination game that was pushed back several hours due to unplayable field conditions. The Big Sky Conference released a statement midway through the winners' bracket game that if Sacrameto State were to win, the Hornets would be declared the champion. Read more about the decision on the Big Sky Conference's website here: http://bigskyconf.com/news/2018/5/12/softball-bigskysb-championship-update.aspx
Senior Kaylin VanDomelen was named to the All-Big Sky Conference Tournament team after a complete game win in the circle and a pair of RBI in the win over Montana Friday.
The Fighting Hawks' season concludes with records set, including most wins in a single season (26), Big Sky wins (10) and first Big Sky Tournament win (over Montana Friday). UND's six-year run in the Big Sky Conference finishes as the Fighting Hawks join The Summit League next season.