Splitsville: NSU Goes 2-2 Over The Weekend

Sioux Falls, SD (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern State University softball team played 19 innings of softball Friday, splitting their NSIC doubleheader at the University of Sioux Falls. The Wolves secured the 12-inning win in game one, however fell in game two, giving up six runs late in the contest.

Final Score Game 1: NSU 5, USF 4 (12 inn)
Final Score Game 2: NSU 5, USF 8
Records: NSU 17-14 (3-9 NSIC), USF 15-18 (6-6NSIC)


  • Northern scored their five runs on 12 hits in game one, notching two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth, and two in the 12th
  • Down 1-0 heading into the top of the fourth, Lexi Chase connected for a single to left scoring Liv Richardson and Avarie Eagle
  • The Wolves then extended their lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth on a line-out by Alexandria Arndt, scoring Eden Ford
  • The Cougars chipped away with one run in the sixth and tied the game with a run in the seventh, sending the contest to extra innings
  • The two teams were scoreless through the ninth, tenth, and 11th innings with Northern breaking through in the 12th
  • The Wolves scored two runs on a single by Elly Smith (scoring Ashley Fauske) and throwing error by the USF third baseman (scoring Brooke Wolf)
  • Northern then held Sioux Falls to just one run in the bottom of the 12th, securing their third league victory of 2024
  • Five Wolves tallied two hits in the win, led by Liv Richardson with a pair of doubles
  • Lexi Chase threw all 12 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits with eight strikeouts in the win
  • Liv Richardson: 2-for-5, 1 run, 2 doubles
  • Avarie Eagle: 2-for-4, 1 run
  • Elly Smith: 2-for-5, 1 RBI
  • Lexi Chase: 2-for-4, 1 stolen base, 12.0 innings pitched, 8 strikeouts, win
  • Northern State held two leads in game two, however Sioux Falls rallied with four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to secure the split
  • The Wolves tallied one run in the first, one in the second, and three in the fourth
  • Taylor Coleman scored on an infield single by Kyra Knudtson in the first and Ashley Fauske scored on an infield single by Elly Smith in the second
  • USF tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first and 2-2 in the bottom of the third, however NSU rallied back in the fourth
  • Knudtson tallied her second infield single of the game, scoring Liv Richardson, while Fauske and Coleman came around to score on a single to right by Claire Zbylut in the fourth
  • It was all Sioux Falls in the fifth and sixth innings with six runs, while the Wolves left four runners on base
  • The Wolves scored their five runs on 16 hits, with five players notching multiple hit games led by Taylor Coleman with four
  • Abby Rux suffered the loss, giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4.0 innings of work
  • Taylor Coleman: 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 double
  • Claire Zbylut: 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 stolen base
  • Ashley Fauske: 2-for-4, 2 runs
  • Kyra Knudtson: 2-for-4, 2 RBI
  • Liv Richardson: 2-for-4, 1 run


Wayne, NE (NSUWolves.com) – With their third straight NSIC split, the Northern State University softball team earned their 18th win of 2024. The Wolves tallied a come from behind win in game one and fell short in a 2-run loss in game two.



Final Score Game 1: NSU 8, WSC 4

Final Score Game 2: NSU 1, WSC 3

Records: NSU 18-15 (4-10 NSIC), WSC 6-28 (2-8 NSIC)



  • Wayne State jumped out to an early lead in game one, with a 3-run homer in the first
  • The Wildcats held the Wolves at bay through 3-complete, however Northern broke through in the fourth with five runs on four hits
  • Elly Smith kicked off the inning with a double to right and her pinch runner, Alysa Lowe came around to score on a single through the left side by Claire Zbylut
  • With two outs in the inning, Kamdyn Barrientos single to center scoring Kyra Knudtson and the Wolves trailed by one
  • Two runners were on base and Lexi Chase stepped to the plate, sending one over the right center fence for the 5-3 Northern State lead
  • Emma Owens tacked on three more runs in the top of the fifth on a homerun to right centerfield as well; Taylor Coleman and Knudtson scored on the play following a leadoff single and walk
  • Wayne State recorded their final run in the bottom of the sixth and Northern closed out the 8-4 win
  • NSU notched their eight runs on ten hits, without giving up a defensive error
  • Zbylut and Owens led the team with multiple hits, as Zbylut notched three and Owens added two
  • Mckenzie Wanner threw her fifth win of 2024 in a complete game with four strikeouts



  • Claire Zbylut: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 stolen base
  • Emma Owens; 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI, homerun
  • Lexi Chase: 1-for-3, 1 run, 3 RBI, homerun
  • Mckenzie Wanner: 7.0 innings pitched, 7 hits, 4 runs, 4 strikeouts



  • The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when Wayne State notched a 2-run homerun
  • Northern responded with a run scored in the top of the fourth by Taylor Coleman, however it was their only run of the contest
  • The Wildcats added a run of insurance in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly
  • NSU recorded six hits in the game and left seven runners on base; they also continued to play perfect defense without an error
  • Alexandria Arndt led the offense going 2-for-3, while Lexi Chase notched the lone extra base hit for the Wolves; a double
  • Chase suffered the loss, giving up all three runs on six hits with six strikeouts
  • Abby Rux threw the final two innings and held Wayne State to just one hit



  • Alexandria Arndt: 2-for-3



Northern State will play their first games of 2024 from Koehler Hall of Fame Field on Wednesday, hosting Minot State. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 12 p.m. against the Beavers. Wednesday is the Wolves annual Mental Health Awareness contest. NSU will wear specialty jerseys for the game and NSU Counseling Services will be in attendance to share information with fans.