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The NSU softball team recorded a pair of NSIC victories versus Sioux Falls in Sunday softball play. The Wolves improve to 17-10 on the year and 4-0 in conference play after the weekend sweep of both Southwest Minnesota State and University of Sioux Falls.
NSU started the high scoring first game of the day with a run in the top of the first inning. Kelsey Gale (Jr.) doubled to right center and came around to score off a wild pitch. Northern added a total 19 more runs in the game, 14 of which were earned. The Wolves defeated the Cougars 20-17, as each team scored in five out of the seven innings of play.
Gale had a standout game for NSU, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the plate. She added five runs scored, six RBI, and one walk, recording her first career grand-slam in the third, going opposite field in her second plate appearance of the inning. Brittney Lash (So.), Michaela Liebl (Fr.), and Lauren Kunz (So.) scored on the blast to put the Wolves up 9-0. Katelynn Dilts (So.) was second on the team with three hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Rachel Albright (So.), Macey Engel (Jr.), and Lash each recorded two hits.
The Wolves busted out a season high 17 hits in the win, as Kalie Maiden (Jr.), Eryn Yancy (Sr.), and Liebl each added one of their own. Yancy tallied her seventh homerun in the third inning, with a shot to left center field. The three run jack scored Gale and Maiden, who had walked and singled in the previous at-bats.
Kami Smesmo (Sr.) earned her 11th win of the year throwing a complete seven innings for NSU. She struck-out six in the game. The nearly three hour long game saw the Wolves score eight runs in both the third and fifth innings.
The second game saw far less scoring between the Wolves and the Cougars. The two teams were scoreless through the first four innings of play. Northern scored first in the top of the fifth, as Lash homered to right center.
Sioux Falls answered back in the sixth with a homerun of their own. The Wolves, however, sealed the victory with four runs in the top of the seventh. Maiden, Lash, and Kunz all singled in the final inning of play, while Lash and Kunz came around to score. Also scoring was Ashley Clapp (So.), running for Engel, and Gale who had reached base by virtue of a walk and error.
Missy Elkins (So.) held Sioux Falls in the seventh to secure her fifth win of the season. She gave up one earned run and seven hits, while striking out one.
Lash led NSU in game two, going 3-for-3 from the plate, with a homerun and two runs scored. Kunz was second on the team with two hits and one run scored. The Wolves tallied eight hits in the win.
Northern opened the home season March 31 from Moccasin Creek versus St. Cloud State.
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