College softball: UMD splits with Mankato
Sam Pederson tossed a five-hit shutout and didn't walk a batter in Minnesota Duluth's 4-0 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato at Saints Field on Monday.
The Mavericks returned the favor 5-4 in the second game of an NSIC doubleheader.
Pederson struck out four and only faced 26 batters in the opener. The key hits were Kalynn Tilton's two-run home run in the third inning and Jessica Bren's RBI single in the fourth.
The Bulldogs (22-15 overall, 13-5 NSIC) totaled just five hits off Lexi Schoper in a complete-game loss.
Mankato scored all five of its runs in the second inning of the nightcap. Four came home on Julia Bastian's grand slam off Breanna Swint, who threw a six-hitter and struck out four.
UMD rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, including Taylor Koehnen's RBI single and back-to-back homers by Lauren Oberle and Bren.
• St. Scholastica scored twice in the top of the 10th inning and then hung on to earn a UMAC split against the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.
Kayla Christopherson singled in a run and Toni Bishop walked in the eventual winning run in the 10th. Olivia Howe drove in two runs and had two of the seven bases on balls issued by the Eagles (14-14, 4-4), who scored one run in the bottom of the 10th.
The Saints (13-13, 5-3) fell 5-2 in the opener despite losing pitcher Maggie Schley hitting a two-run homer to open the scoring.
• Wisconsin-Superior totaled 30 hits in a 10-0 and 12-1 doubleheader sweep over Martin Luther College in UMAC action at NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior.
Tiffany Kirk was 4-for-4, including a three-run homer, in the opener to support Ashley Taipale's five-inning two-hitter.
UWS (11-15, 8-0 UMAC) scored six runs in the seventh to close out the nightcap. Taipale and Kirk each homered, with Taipale driving in three runs. Emily Carpenter had two hits and three RBIs for the Yellowjackets.