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Courtesy: Matt Schill, UNDsports.com
Notes: Softball opens season in Charleston
Courtesy: UNDsports.com
Release: 02/07/2018
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DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME (CT) RESULTS MEDIA
Wingate by Wyndham Invite
Thu, Feb 8 at Charleston Southern at Charleston, S.C. 1:00 p.m. Live Stats
Thu, Feb 8 at Charleston Southern at Charleston, S.C. 3:00 p.m. Live Stats
Fri, Feb 9 vs. Towson Charleston, S.C. 9:00 a.m. Live Stats
Sat, Feb 10 vs. North Carolina A&T Charleston, S.C. 9:00 a.m. Live Stats
 
Sun, Feb 11 at South Carolina State at Orangeburg, S.C. 12:00 p.m.

UND by the numbers
8- School-record for home wins last season
9- School-record for Big Sky wins in 2017
10- Number of states that will host a UND softball game in the regular season
23- Win total last year (one shy of school record)
29- Number of HRs returning to the lineup in 2018
29- VanDomelen career pitching wins (6th at UND)
35- Number of games played before first home game (Mar. 30)
215- Jordan Stevens career coaching wins (8 seasons)

ON TAP
North Dakota opens the 2018 season by playing in the Wingate by Wyndham Invite, hosted by Charleston Southern. UND will open with Towson on Friday at noon then will play the host Buccaneers for the first of two. North Carolina A&T is the other opponent in a Saturday morning tilt.

VAN DOMELEN-ATION
UND senior Kaylin VanDomelen led North Dakota in the circle and at the plate last season. She won 12 games with a 1.95 ERA and 171Ks in the circle, while hitting .333 with 8 bombs and 26 RBIs on offense.

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
VanDomelen earned the school’s first-ever Big Sky Pitcher of the Year after leading the Fighting Hawks to the program’s first Big Sky Tournament appearance.

BOPPERS ARE BACK
UND has 29 of its 32 homers returning to the lineup, including: Kaylin VanDomelen (8), Taylor Nadler (7), Marina Marzolino (7), Dani Romero (6) and Alicia Young (1). 

I GOT FIVE ON IT
North Dakota was picked to finish fifth in the Big Sky Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

JORDAN RULES
Head coach Jordan Stevens enters his fourth season at the helm of UND with a  52-114 record at North Dakota. In his eight collegiate seasons, Stevens is 215-218-1 at UND, Valparaiso and Union.

STEAL PANTHER
North Dakota’s leading base stealer, Victoria Minor, returns for 2018. She swiped nine bags in 11 attempts last season as UND was 38 for 43 overall as a team.

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.

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