FARGO, N.D. — Christy Warnock homered, Camille Fowler drove in two runs and Rachel Cue shut down North Dakota State hitters for the second game in a row as the Coyotes won 7-0 Saturday at Ellig Sports Complex.
South Dakota (15-25, 6-6 Summit) took two of three from the five-time defending Summit League champs, taking its first regular season series against the Bison at the Division I level. North Dakota State (18-25, 5-4 Summit) entered the series having won 28 of the last 31 against USD dating back to 2001. The Bison had not been shutout in back-to-back games in conference play since 2011.
Cue (6-8) backed up yesterday’s four-hit shutout by tossing a three-hitter with three strikeouts Saturday. She retired the side in order in the first inning and the fifth, and didn’t allow a runner to reach third until the sixth. Cue got shortstop Montana DeCamp to pop out to second with runners on second and third to end the threat.
Warnock’s homer to left in the third broke a scoreless tie, and Fowler capped a three-run fourth with a two-out single to center. Morgan Vasa’s infield single in the fifth made it 6-0 and Jessica Rogers squeezed home Fowler in the sixth for the final score of the game.
South Dakota next begins a three-game series against IUPUI in Indianapolis Saturday.
NORTHERN STATE 9-10, WAYNE STATE 8-2: The Wayne State softball team dropped a pair of games to Northern State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Northern State won the first game 9-8 highlighted by the batting of Lauren Kunz. Kunz went 3-for-3 from the plate with a two-run double and four RBIs. Katelynn Dilts and Shayla Steinley both went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Katelyn Wobken hit a three-run homer for Wayne State. Jordyn Breitbarth went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer while Monique Alyea went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.
Northern State (24-17-1) won the second game 10-2 in five innings with Missy Elkins earning the win. Elkins pitched all five innings and allowed three hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out three batters. Jenna Helgeson went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer for the Wolves. Rachel Schumaker had the lone RBI for Wayne State (10-32) and Breitbarth doubled.