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College softball: UMD stays unbeaten in NSIC

Minnesota Duluth dominated its NSIC opponent in all facets Saturday in a sweep of the University of Mary at Malosky Stadium. In the opener, UMD (20-8 overall, 4-0 NSIC) won 11-0 in five innings. UMD sophomore Kalynn Tilton had a double and home r...

Minnesota Duluth dominated its NSIC opponent in all facets Saturday in a sweep of the University of Mary at Malosky Stadium.

In the opener, UMD (20-8 overall, 4-0 NSIC) won 11-0 in five innings. UMD sophomore Kalynn Tilton had a double and home run in a five-run second inning to finish with six RBIs. Natalie Wright also contributed a double and homer and three runs scored and three RBIs.

Sam Hartmann picked up her 10th win of the season, allowing three hits while striking out five in 4 2 /3 scoreless innings.

In the nightcap, UMD scored five runs in the sixth to top the Marauders 9-1. The eight-run rule was put into effect with Lauren Oberle's three-RBI double in the sixth ending the game.

Wright went 3-for-3 to record her team-best 34th hit of the season, while Sammi Sadler added three hits. Hannah Schmoll of Grand Rapids stole the 85th base of her career to become UMD's all-time stolen bases leader.

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• Wisconsin-Superior kicked off UMAC play Saturday in New Ulm, Minn., where the Yellowjackets split a doubleheader with Martin Luther College.

In a 4-3 loss in the opener, first-inning RBIs from a trio of Northland products - Ciarra Taipale (Duluth Denfeld), Bailey Kinnunen (Grand Rapids) and Gabby Gidley (Superior) - gave UWS a 3-0 lead. But the Knights (7-8, 1-1 UMAC) scored four unanswered runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth on Audrey Timm's RBI double to left-center field.

The Yellowjackets (8-9, 1-1) capitalized on four Martin Luther errors in the second game, scoring two unearned runs en route to a 4-1 victory. Katie White, Saige Patrick, Gidley and Sarah Fjeran all recorded two hits for UWS, which snapped a three-game skid.

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