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College softball: UMD wins NSIC tournament opener

Valerie Hohol's third shutout of the season and Natalie Wright's three hits and three RBIs gave Minnesota Duluth a 4-0 win over Sioux Falls in the Bulldogs' NSIC tournament opener Thursday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Valerie Hohol's third shutout of the season and Natalie Wright's three hits and three RBIs gave Minnesota Duluth a 4-0 win over Sioux Falls in the Bulldogs' NSIC tournament opener Thursday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Seeking its first postseason conference championship since 2002, third-seeded UMD (39-11) meets No. 8 Concordia-St. Paul at noon today.

Hohol, a junior, held the Cougars to four hits and didn't walk a batter in her efficient, 74-pitch outing. Wright provided more than enough offensive support. The senior second baseman made it 2-0 in the second inning with an RBI single, 3-0 in the fourth with an RBI double and 4-0 in the sixth with a solo homer to right field.

If the Bulldogs defeat Concordia, which upset No. 2 Augustana 5-3 in nine innings, they will play again at 4 p.m. today. A loss drops them into the loser's bracket.

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