NSU Softball Team Goes 3-1 in Opening Weekend at Minot Tourney

MINOT, ND (NSUWolves.com) –

SATURDAY

The Northern State University softball team split their opening day of competition, defeating Minnesota Crookston and falling to Minot State. The Wolves tallied ten hits in the two games.

THE QUICK DETAILS
Game 1 Final Score: NSU 1, UMC 1
Game 2 Final Score: NSU 0, MINOT 2
Records: NSU 1-1, UMC 1-6, MINOT 6-1

Game 1
HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The two teams were scoreless through the first four innings of action
  • Makenzie Merritt tallied the first and lone run of the game for the Wolves in the bottom of the fifth, belting a 1-out homerun to right
  • The Wolves threatened leaving two runners on base following the long ball, however were unable to convert
  • Meghan Anderson threw her first complete game shutout of the season, notching 12 strikeouts in the process

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

Game 2
HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Minot State held Northern at bay in the game, as the Wolves left six runners on base
  • The Beavers tallied one run in the fourth and one in the fifth off Northern State starter Elyse Cuttic
  • The Wolves tallied six hits and gave up one error defensively
  • Cuttic suffered her first loss of the season, throwing three innings in the contest

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

 

SUNDAY

The Northern State University softball team’s bats came alive in their Sunday sweep of UMary and Bemidji State. The Wolves tallied 17 hits versus the Beavers in their 2-out, 8-run rally.

THE QUICK DETAILS
Game 1 Final Score: NSU 2, MARY 0
Game 2 Final Score: NSU 11, BSU 5
Records: NSU 3-1, MARY 0-4, BSU 2-3

Game 1 – UMary
HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Wolves scored their two runs of the victory in the second and third innings
  • Elyse Cuttic led off the bottom of the second with a bomb to left field, putting Northern on the board first
  • The bottom of the third kicked off with Claire Zbylut notching a double to right field
  • Zyblut came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Chanel Siebenthal to center
  • Starter Meghan Anderson and the Northern State defense held the Marauders scoreless, with Anderson notching a season high 13 strikeouts
  • The win was Anderson’s second shutout victory of the 2021 season
  • NSU tallied two runs on two hits, without giving up an error defensively

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

Game 2 – Bemidji State
HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Wolves were on the board early in game two, notching two runs in the second and one in the third
  • Elyse Cuttic led off the second with a double to left and came around to score the following at-bat on Makenzie Merritt’s homerun
  • Kennady Thompson added a long ball of her own in the top of the third, sending the ball over the left field fence on a 2-1 count
  • Bemidji State fought back in the bottom of the sixth putting up five runs on four hits for the 5-3 lead
  • The Wolves were left with their final at-bats of the contest and came together with two outs, scoring eight runs on nine hits
  • Thompson kicked off the rally, plating Rachel Reinke (singled to left) with a single to left, followed by a Cuttic single to right
  • Merritt stepped to the plate and crushed her second homerun of the contest to centerfield, clearing the bases and giving the Wolves a 7-5 lead
  • Northern was not finished as Katie Palmer and Elly Smith each notched a single of their own and Emma Terveer loaded the bases with a walk
  • Shelby Novotny connected for her first hit of the season, a single to left, scoring Palmer and Smith
  • Reinke and Chanel Siebenthal plated the final runs of the inning for the Wolves, scoring Terveer and Novotny on singles to center and right
  • Cuttic and Meghan Anderson each tallied innings in the circle for Northern, with Anderson notching her third win of the season

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

UP NEXT
The Wolves travel to Missouri next Friday through Sunday for six games against regional opponents. NSU will match-up for three doubleheaders versus Missouri S&T at 2 p.m. on Friday, Missouri Southern at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and Missouri Western at 9 a.m. on Sunday from Joplin. Live links will be posted on the schedule page at nsuwolves.com.