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College softball: UMD splits early doubleheader

Minnesota Duluth split a pair of pitcher's duels vs. Concordia-St. Paul early Sunday morning, losing the first game of an NSIC doubleheader 3-2 before rebounding to win 2-1 at the Husky Dome in St. Cloud, Minn.

Concordia pitcher Kali Kaestner held the Bulldogs to four hits in the 7 a.m. opener, two of which went to UMD's Sammi Sadler. Kaestner struck out eight in a complete-game effort. Her counterpart, Bulldogs freshman Sam Pederson, scattered nine hits and fanned four while also going the distance.

Breanna Swint pitched UMD to a split with a three-hitter in the finale, striking out eight and allowing a lone unearned run. Kalynn Tilton's fifth-inning homer to left field proved to be the game-winner for the Bulldogs (21-14 overall, 12-4 NSIC), who host Minnesota State-Mankato on Monday and Bemidji State on Tuesday.

The Golden Bears (22-16, 9-9) scored in the top of the first, but couldn't muster any more offense the rest of the way.

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