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Courtesy: Tyler Ingham, UNDsports.com
Taylor Nadler blasted a three-run homer and collected a pair of hits Friday.
Nadler, Mayhood each homer, but Towson rallies
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 02/09/2018
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CHARLESTON, S.C.-- Taylor Nadler and Lexi Mayhood each homered in a four-run fifth but Towson rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to win, 9-6, Friday morning at the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational hosted by Charleston Southern.

North Dakota (1-2) had built a 6-1 lead after that fourth-inning outburst until the Tigers rallied with three in the bottom of that frame then walked off in the seventh on a three-run homer.

"That's a game we have to win," UND head Jordan Stevens said bluntly following the loss. "If we want to take our next step, we've got to be able to close teams out. Credit to Towson for continuing to fight, but we must never give in."

It was a quick 2-0 North Dakota lead in the second inning as the Fighting Hawks cashed in on a Towson error to gain the advantage. Nadler singled then Dani Romero was hit by a pitch to start the rally. After a sacrfice to advance the runners, both scored on a miscue by the Tigers' second baseman and it was a two-run lead for UND ace Kaylin VanDomelen.

Towson got one back in the bottom of that inning before the UND outburst in the fifth. In that frame, Mayhood homered to leadoff the inning for her first in a Fighting Hawks uniform. Natalie Gerber followed with a single to left and VanDomelen followed suit. Nadler then whacked a two-out, three-run homer to stake North Dakota to a seemingly comfrtable 6-1 advantage.

In the bottom of that stanza, however, Towson pieced together three singles and a walk to plate three runs and close the gap to 6-4. VanDomelen got a strikeout looking, one of her six punchouts of the game, to end the threat.

The seventh inning fireworks started with a leadoff homer as the lead shrunk to just one run. A single followed to chase VanDomelen from the game but a hit-by-pitch and another single set the stage for a walkoff three-run homer and a 9-6 Towson win.

UND collected six hits Friday, two from Nadler and one each by VanDomelen, Angel Love, Mayhood and Gerber. VanDomelen threw six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with six Ks.

North Dakota continues play at the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational facing North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

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