Bison baseball and softball teams compete against Southern Utah
Published: Monday, May 7, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 7, 2012 15:05
It was a busy two days for the Bison baseball and softball teams. Southern Utah traveled to Fargo for the weekend series. The North Dakota State softball team took their series 2-1 over SUU while the baseball team jumped to a 2-1 lead in their four-game series.
Friday’s baseball game saw John Straka strike out eight as the Bison won the series-opener 2-0. It was Straka’s third complete game of the year, and he improved his record to 7-2. Zach Wentz hit sacrifice flies in the sixth and eighth inning for the game’s two runs scored. Tim Colwell led the Bison offensively, earning two hits and a run scored in the sixth.
Saturday’s doubleheader saw a split with NDSU winning the opener 4-1 and SUU winning 4-2 in the second game. David Ernst took the mound in game one for the Bison, pitching seven innings and allowing only two hits. Kyle Kingseley came in for the save, striking out four of the six men he faced. Max Casper and Colwell each had RBI singles in the Bison victory. Southern Utah took a 4-2 win behind the bat of Brad Royer, who knocked in three runs in the second game. The Bison scored their two runs in the sixth, but couldn’t overcome the back-to-back homers earlier in the game from the Thunderbirds. Coverage of the four-game finale on Sunday was unavailable due to press time.
The Bison softball team started their series strong, sweeping Southern Utah 5-4 and 5-1 in a doubleheader Friday. With the two wins, NDSU claimed the Summit League regular season championship and top seed in the league tournament. In the first game, North Dakota State held a 4-0 lead after five innings. Amanda Grable led off the second inning with a double and reached home after a fielder’s choice. Alex Sobrero hit a two-run double in the third inning and Brea Konz smacked her sixth homer of the year in the fifth. After an insurance run in the sixth inning, NDSU held off a three-run seventh inning comeback by the Thunderbirds when Krista Menke struck out the final two batters with the bases loaded.
The second game saw the Bison win 5-1 thanks in part to a three-run second inning. Katie Tamayo reached home through a sacrifice fly and Jamie Gay lined a two-run double to left field with two outs. The Bison added runs in the fourth and fifth inning behind the bats of Taylor Mortensen and Jenina Ortega. Ortega led NDSU at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Whitney Johnson pitched a complete game for the win, striking out eight while improving her record to 12-8.
In Saturday’s game, the Bison couldn’t overcome an eight-run fifth inning by the Thunderbirds. It was a slugfest as both SUU’s Katie Olinger and NDSU’s Grable hit solo homeruns for their team in the second inning. The third inning saw Mortensen launch her own two-run homer to extend the lead 3-1 for the Bison. Southern Utah’s Madison Resley then responded with a solo jack to center. SUU eventually ran away with the win after their fifth inning scoring frenzy. In a pregame ceremony, North Dakota State recognized its six seniors- Cristina Borek, Brea Konz, Jamie Gay, Taylor Mortensen, Randi Parks and Katie Tamayo. NDSU finished their regular season with an overall record of 34-19.