The Minnesota Crookston softball lost a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) games 8-1 to Minnesota Duluth Wednesday at the West St. Paul Regional Athletics Center in West St. Paul, Minn. The Bulldog bats were too much for UMC as UMD would rack up 25 hits and would hit five home runs in the two games.
The games were moved to West St. Paul due to inclement weather causing unplayable field conditions in both Crookston, Minn. and Duluth, Minn. The Golden Eagles drop to 2-29 (1-19 NSIC) with the two losses Wednesday. UMD improves to 31-9 (11-3 NSIC) and currently sits in the top three in the conference standings.
The Golden Eagles have still as of yet played a home game due to the severe weather that has hit the Red River Valley this spring. The Golden Eagles have played all 31 of their games on either a neutral site or on the road.
Paige Schaust (Jr., OF/P, Delano, Minn.) got the game one start for the Golden Eagles. The Bulldog bats would get to Schaust early as she would go one inning, giving up five earned runs on four hits including a pair of UMD home runs. Schaust would suffer the game one loss for UMC.
Brooke Vatthauer (So., P/1B, Crookston, Minn.) would give up just one hit to the three batters she would face in the sixth inning.
UMC finished game one with nine hits led by Bridge, who went 3-for-4 with one run scored. Wiedmaier was 2-for-3 with one RBI for the game.
Julia Nealer got the game one win for the Bulldogs after going three innings and pitching a two-hit shutout.
Ciara Rivera (Fr., IF/P, Rosemount, Minn.) would get the game two start for UMC and would go two-and-two-thirds innings against the Bulldogs, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. Rivera would get the loss in the 8-1 UMD victory.
Mullen got the game two win for UMD after going the full seven innings and giving up one run on four hits.
Bridge, Timmins, Wiedmaier and Khoshaba each had hits in game two for the Golden Eagles.
UMC is scheduled to play Northern State April 20 in Crookston and MSU Moorhead April 21 in Crookston. The games will most likely be moved elsewhere due to inclement weather creating poor field conditions at the UMC Softball Field. The Golden Eagles are currently looking for an alternate home for the four games.