College softball: UMD sweeps Moorhead
Minnesota Duluth swept an NSIC doubleheader at Minnesota State-Moorhead on Wednesday, winning 6-3 and 11-3 in its final road action of the regular season.
Sophomore Jordyn Thomas piled up five hits over the twinbill, including a perfect 4-for-4 in the second game, when the Bulldogs (28-17 overall, 19-7 NSIC) led 7-1 after two innings. Junior Lauren Oberle finished with a combined four RBIs. It was Oberle's two-run double to left-center in the second inning of the finale that propelled UMD to a comfortable victory.
Sam Pederson and Breanna Swint earned the pitching wins. Both went the distance, and both allowed five hits while recording five strikeouts as the Dragons (13-30, 7-19) saw their losing streak reach five games.
The Bulldogs, who are slotted seventh in the NCAA II Central Region rankings, conclude the regular season with home doubleheaders against Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls this weekend.
• For the second time in as many days, St. Scholastica routed Northland College in a pair of run rule-shortened contests at Kenwood Field.
Sophomore Josie Fourre was the star of an opening 12-1 win. The third baseman sent a three-run homer down the left-field line in the first inning, then belted a solo shot in the second.
In the nightcap, a 13-5 victory, freshman Olivia Howe — who also was the winning pitcher — tripled twice, and Fouree homered again while driving in three more runs for the Saints (19-13). They have won seven in a row.
Fourre now has six home runs the past two days, with four coming in consecutive at-bats. She's also up to 13 RBIs over her past four games.
• Wisconsin-Superior dropped its first two UMAC games of the spring Wednesday, falling 5-4 and 4-2 to Bethany Lutheran in Mankato, Minn., as the Vikings claimed their first regular-season conference championship.
The Yellowjackets (15-17 overall, 12-2 UMAC), whose Bailey Kinnunen totaled three RBIs in the first game, scored all four of their runs in the top of the seventh but couldn't come up with the equalizer. Kinnunen and junior Ashley Taipale each had two hits in game two, when Bethany Lutheran (24-9, 14-0) snapped a 2-2 tie via a two-run third.