SDSU Softball Swept In Fargo
Jacks Fall To NDSU 9-3 & 3-1
FARGO, N.D. – South Dakota State softball fell short in its doubleheader with North Dakota State Saturday, dropping the opener, 9-3, and the second game, 3-1.
The Jackrabbits are now 17-32 on the year and 4-10 in Summit League play.
Ashlyn Bender (9-12) started game one in the circle, allowing seven runs on 10 hits before exiting in the second. Katie Lang threw the final 4.1 innings, allowing just two runs while scattering four hits and three walks.
NDSU took a 2-0 lead in the first and built a seven-run advantage in the second with a five-spot.
Ponce’s home run put the Jacks on the board in the third, drawing SDSU within five (7-2). Christian McKone started the frame with a walk before Ponce hammered a 1-0 pitch over the right center wall for her first career blast.
Down 9-2 after the Bison added runs in the fourth and fifth innings, the Jacks got one more in the top of the seventh on Andersen’s sacrifice fly, but it wasn’t enough as NDSU took the weekend opener.
Madison Hope (0-7) earned the start for the day’s finale and limited the Bison over six complete, scattering six hits with three runs allowed and a strikeout.
Game two saw NDSU jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first once again before Abbey Murphy‘s solo shot to start the third pulled the Jacks within one (2-1). The Bison aimed to extend their lead with one-out runners in the second, third and fourth innings, but SDSU’s defense stepped up and ended all three frames with double plays.
The standoff continued until the sixth, when the Bison used a solo home run to go ahead 3-1. Down to its last chance, the Jacks threatened behind Herdliska’s one-out single in the seventh, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
The teams conclude the three-game series Sunday at 11 a.m.