Minnesota Duluth pushed one of the hottest teams in the country to the brink before losing two one-run games to seventh-ranked Winona State in NSIC action Friday in Winona, Minn.
The Bulldogs (24-17 overall, 15-7 NSIC) led 5-0 in the sixth inning of the opening game before Winona State (37-5, 22-0) rallied with two in the bottom of the sixth and four in the seventh to win 6-5.
Lauren Oberle hit a two-run home run in the first inning for UMD, and Hannah Bloch hit a solo shot in the fifth. Oberle had two of the Bulldogs' six hits off winning pitcher Jordyn Kleman, who improved to 19-1 when the Warriors rallied on a pair of two-run singles by Lani Van Zyl and Alexis Kelsey.
Winona State won 3-2 in the second game on Jen Glesey's RBI single in the 10th inning, spoiling a complete-game performance by Breanna Swint. UMD totaled just four hits off Liz Pautz and Kleman.
• Toni Bishop went 3-for-3 and doubled in two runs in a four-run first inning to spur St. Scholastica to a 4-1 win over Crown College in the second of two UMAC games in St. Bonifacius, Minn.
Maggie Schley tossed a two-hitter and walked two, losing her shutout on Demi Brezina's RBI triple in the seventh.
The Saints (15-13, 7-3 UMAC) won 11-0 in five innings in the opener, keyed by Schley's one-hitter on the mound and five RBIs at the plate. She hit two doubles, while Sydney Plemel was 3-for-3 and scored twice.
Crown fell to 10-20 and 4-9.