HAMPTON, Va.-- A day after downing Big Ten opponent, Rutgers, to stretch its win streak to seven, UND had things rolling again Sunday before the Scarlet Knights rallied in the final innings. Rutgers would take the first game, 8-2, before North Dakota made it four wins on the weekend with a 6-2 win over host Hampton.
Rutgers 8, North Dakota 2
"We had many chances but just weren't able to string quality at bats together at the right times," UND head coach Jordan Stevens said. "Hannah Bergh had a solid outing for the most part but one big knock created the separation."
Bergh, indeed, was out to a great start, setting down the first 10 batters she faced as the game was scoreless through three. In the fourth, Rutgers got an unearned run that UND answered in the fifth. In that inning, Taylor Nadler singled and scored on Angel Love's RBI single to tie the score.
The bottom of that frame proved to be the undoing, however, as RU posted a five-spot, including a three-run homer to stretch the advantage, eventualy winning, 8-2.
North Dakota 6, Hampton 2
This time, it would be North Dakota to post a late five-spot to break open a tie game late. After the score was tied, 1-1 through 4 1/2 innings, Hampton etched a run in the fifth to take a 2-1 advantage.
"Good comeback win against a very solid team," Stevens said. "Wins are always nice but they're always good against conference champs (Hampton was 17-1 in the MEAC last season). We had some big hits in this game and pitched and defended well enough."
It was the sixth inning where UND did its damage. North Dakota would send 10 batters to the plate and score five to jump out to a 6-2 lead. It started with three straight singles by Alicia Young, Marina Marzolino and Uvila. Lexi Mayhood would then cash in two with a two-run double to left center. Three batters later, Nadler singled up the middle to score two more. Natalie Gerber and Angel Love followed with two more single and UND totaled seven hits in that inning alone.
That would be plenty of insurance for Kaylin VanDomelen, who threw a complete-game four-hitter, allowing just one earned run while striking out nine against just one walk.
Nadler finished the game with three hits and two RBI while Uvila had two hits and a run scored. Mayhood added three RBIs in the win.
North Dakota (11-9) heads to Cal Poly next week for five games. It starts Friday with games against Santa Clara and host Cal Poly, two more against those teams Saturday before a Sunday finale with Marist. UND will then head straight to Honolulu, Hawaii for the seven-game Rainbow Wahine Classic in the final tuneups before the Big Sky Conference opens on Mar. 23.