Wolves Open Home Slate With Pair Of L’s

Aberdeen, SD (NSUWolves.com) – In their first official home games of the 2023 season the Northern State University softball team dropped a pair of contests to Concordia-St. Paul. The Wolves scored ten runs and tallied 13 hits in the contests, however costly errors gave the Golden Bears the ability to pull away.
Final Score Game 1: NSU 6, CSP 8
Final Score Game 2: NSU 4, CSP 13
Records: NSU 12-28 (6-14 NSIC), CSP 22-23 (8-12 NSIC)
  • Concordia took a 3-0 lead in their first two innings, however the Wolves tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the second
  • Kyra Knudtson kicked off the inning with a single through the left side and came around to score on a single to right center by Kamdyn Barrientos
  • Elly Smith and Emma Owens scored two at-bats later on an error by the second baseman, after reaching on a single down the right field line
  • The Golden Bears regained the lead in the third with three runs and extended that lead with a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth
  • Northern chipped away in the bottom of the sixth on a 2-out homerun to left by Alexandria Arndt, scoring Eden Ford
  • Claire Zbylut led off the seventh with a double to right and scored on a ground out by Avarie Eagle
  • Zbylut was the team’s final run of the contest in a game that saw NSU leave five runners on base
  • Lexi Chase started for Northern and suffered the loss, giving up six earned runs on nine hits
  • Abby Rux entered in relief, throwing the final 4.2 innings of work with four hits, two earned runs, and three strikeouts
  • Smith led the Wolves offense with a 2-hit game and added a run scored
  • Elly Smith: 2-for-3, 1 run
  • Alexandria Arndt: 1-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBI, homerun
  • Claire Zbylut: 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 double
  • The Golden Bears took charge in game two, jumping out to a 6-0 lead through the middle of the third
  • Northern plated their first two runs of the game in the bottom of the third off a sacrifice line-out by Liv Richardson (scoring Alexandria Arndt) and single through the left by Avarie Eagle (scoring Ashley Fauske)
  • The Wolves continued to chip away in the fourth and fifth with a pair of runs scored by Kamdyn Barrientos and Kyra Knudtson
  • CSP broke the game open in the sixth with five runs and tacked on another two in the top of the seventh
  • Abby Rux suffered the loss in the start, giving up six runs (three earned) on six hits
  • Abby Meads entered in relief, throwing the final 4.1 innings of work giving up seven earned runs and ten hits
  • Knudtson led the Wolves offense with two hits and one run scored in the game
  • Kyra Knudtson: 2-for-3, 1 run, walk
Northern returns to Koehler Hall of Fame Field tomorrow for an NSIC doubleheader hosting Minnesota State. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. between the Wolves and Mavericks.