Lauren Oberle, Jordyn Thomas and Jessica Bren hit home runs to power Minnesota Duluth to a 10-5 and 7-0 sweep of Sioux Falls in an NSIC softball doubleheader Saturday before 93 at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Lauren Dixon earned the pitching win in the first game, allowing four earned runs and nine hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking two. Oberle finished 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs while Thomas and Emma Frost added two hits apiece.

Sam Pederson tossed a three-hit shutout in the second game, with five strikeouts to two walks, while Thomas provided more than enough run support with a three-run homer. Bren finished with two hits, including a two-run homer, and Frost and Julia Gronholz also had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs (27-11 overall, 17-7 NSIC). Kylan Straight had a hit and walk to lead the Cougars (19-18, 13-10).

Thomas, a senior first baseman from Hermantown, now has a team-leading nine home runs and 39 RBIs.


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Beavers bounce Bulldogs with long ball

Nolan Monthei, Kaiden Cardoso, Gunnar Kozlowitz and Matt Malone hit home runs to power Minot State to 9-7 and 7-5 victories over Minnesota Duluth in an NSIC baseball doubleheader before 110 at Bulldog Park.

Kozlowitz finished with three hits, a run and two RBIs to lead the Beavers in the opener while Anders Brown had three hits, a run and two RBIs to lead the Bulldogs.

Malone had two hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning as Minot State (20-13 overall, 18-10 NSIC) took a 7-2 lead and then held on to win the second game. Tim Pokornowski of Cloquet scored two runs and had a solo home run and freshman Sam Tanner added two hits for the Bulldogs (12-22, 9-19).