Softball Bounces Back By Taking 2 of 3 On Friday at NCC Tournament
The UNC softball squad dropped its first contest of the North Central Conference tournament on Friday but bounced back with two wins to stay alive.
UNC (28-17 overall) lost to St. Cloud State in the first round, 17-5. But the Bears answered with a pair of victories over South Dakota State, 11-1, and North Dakota, 7-6.
UNC will play Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Grand Forks, N.D.
ST CLOUD STATE 17, UNC 5
The Bears' defense let them down in game one as nine errors contributed to 12 unearned runs and a 17-5 loss to the St. Cloud State Huskies. The Huskies scored four runs in the first inning and added nine runs in the second inning. SCSU would add two more in the third to open up a 15-0 lead over the Bears.
UNC got its offense going in the fourth inning on a two-run double from Erin Peterson. Rachel VanHook added a three run home run in the fifth inning to close out the Bears' scoring.
Stacey Moon suffered the loss in only one inning of work. Moon dropped to 10-4.
UNC 11, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 1
The Bears faced their first elimination game on Friday afternoon and passed with flying colors as they disposed of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 11-1, in five innings. The Bears exploded with a seven-run second inning to seize control of the contest.
Cristin Dumler earned the victory and moved to 10-6 on the season. Dumler limited the Jackrabbits to only three hits and one run in five innings of work.
UNC 7, NORTH DAKOTA 6
UNC kept its hope alive of advancing deep into the NCC tournament with a dramatic 7-6 victory over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux on late Friday.
The Bears led 4-2 going into the seventh inning when they added a three-run spot to increase the lead to 7-2. Those runs would come in very handy when this contest was all said and done.
North Dakota rallied and hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to pull within one run at 7-6. UND then continued the rally with a single before Stacey Moon induced a groundout to close out the game and claim the victory.
Moon improved to 11-4 but allowed 11 hits. All six of UND's run were unearned and Moon struck out three batters.