WICHITA, Kan. – The University of North Dakota softball team dropped a pair of games on the final day of the Shocker Softball Classic, losing 13-7 to San Diego State and 10-3 to Northern Illinois on Sunday.
Taking on San Diego State in the first game of the day, UND found itself down 6-0 after the first two innings, but responded with a huge third inning to tie the game.
Autumn Cervantez and Nicole Babrowski both singled to lead off the third inning for UND. A fielder’s choice and an error by San Diego State allowed Babrowski and Cervantez to score while putting Elizabeth Cudney and Rachel Waynick on base. Amanda Johnson and Kim Granta were both walked, scoring Waynick. A double by Emily Bell then drove home Cudney, Johnson and Granata to tie the game at six apiece.
Unfortunately, the game wouldn’t stay tied for long as SDSU scored seven more runs before the seventh inning to take a 13-6 lead. Cudney hit her second homer of the season to start off the seventh inning for North Dakota; but it would be for naught as SDSU retired the next three batters to win the game 13-7.
In the final game of the day, North Dakota started off in a defensive battle against Northern Illinois, as neither side could get on the board in the first two innings.
Northern Illinois broke the stalemate in the top of the third inning, scoring three runs on four hits. The Huskies then added three more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to extend their lead to 7-0.
North Dakota got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Johnson got herself into scoring position with a double with only one out in the inning. A single by Megan Keegan advanced Johnson to third and a fly out to center field by Cudney gave Keegan the trip home.
The Huskies kept their offense going, scoring three more runs in the seventh to take a 10-1 lead.
UND put together a small rally in the bottom of the seventh but it would be too little too late. Granata and Taylor Hansen both scored in the inning which saw two NIU errors to bring the final score to 10-3.
Next up for North Dakota is a trip to Reno, Nev., to take part in the Wolf Pack Classic hosted by the University of Nevada, March 14-16.