The Golden Eagles finished with a 1-3 record in their opening weekend.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The University of Minnesota Crookston softball team picked up a split on day two at the Presentation College Indoor Sun., Feb. 11 in Aberdeen, S.D. After losing two the day before, UMC picked up a commanding run-rule win 9-1 over NSIC foe Northern State University in five innings. Minnesota Crookston fell in their second game of the day 13-3 to Valley City State University.

    Minnesota Crookston moved to 1-3 on the season with Sunday’s split. Valley City State moved to 3-0 with the win for the Golden Eagles, while Northern State moved to 2-2 on the year.

    The Golden Eagle bats were clutch in the victory over the Wolves Sunday. Minnesota Crookston had nine runs on 11 hits, including a Mikaela Rodriguez (So., IF, Laveen, Ariz.) two-run home run.

    Minnesota Crookston was also guided by a stand-out performance in the circle by Mikayla Jones (Jr., RHP, Huxley, Iowa), who went four innings on the game. Jones gave up just one run on four hits with just two walks offered.

    Luisa Silvain (Jr., RHP, Tucson, Ariz.) also was strong in relief for the Golden Eagles as she shutout the Wolves in one inning with three hits allowed.

    The loss for Northern State went to Michelle Lanam, who gave up two runs on two hits. Makenzie Merritt came on in relief and struggled as she allowed seven earned runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings in the circle.

    Minnesota Crookston looked to their middle infielders on the day. Jenna Boardman (Sr., IF, Genoa, Wis.) went 3-of-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.     

    Rodriguez was 2-of-3 with two RBI’s and three runs scored, including her two-run slam. Victoria Bayliss (Sr., OF, West Bloomfield, Mich.) went 2-of-3 with one run scored.

    The Golden Eagles opened the scoring when Gabriel Antolak (Sr., C/3B, Zimmerman, Minn.) hit a single to center field to drive in Boardman and Bayliss.

    The Wolves cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first as Jenna Helgeson singled through the left side to plate Shayla Steinley.

    Minnesota Crookston added a pair of runs when Rodriguez rocketed the ball over the left field fence to drive in herself and Rocky Bjorge (So., 1B, Prior Lake, Minn.). The slam moved the lead to 4-1.

    The Golden Eagles had a big top of the fourth frame. Rodriguez opened up the inning as she reached on an error at third base. Boardman singled to left field to drive in Rodriguez and move the advantage to 5-1. With the bases loaded, Maycee Trujillo (Jr., 3B/C, Sioux Falls, S.D.) doubled down the left field line to drive in Boardman and Haley Strachan. Silvain rounded out the scoring with a single up the middle to bring home Antolak and make it 8-1.

    Minnesota Crookston extended their lead to 9-1 in the top of the fifth when Boardman doubled to left center to plate Rodriguez.

    Silvain pitched a clean fifth and got the 9-1 run-rule victory.

    Kassidy Klaphake (Sr., RHP, Cold Spring, Minn.) got the ball in game two against Valley City State. Klaphake was chased early on in the game as she gave up four earned runs on five hits in 1.1 innings.

    Silvain would give up six runs, four of them unearned, in 2.1 innings. Heather Cunningham (Sr., RHP, Jacksonville, Fla.) was the most effective pitcher as she allowed just two hits and no runs in her one innings in the circle.

    Kathleen Gallais got the win for the Vikings as she allowed just one earned run on three hits with four strikeouts in three innings for Valley City State.

    Minnesota Crookston was led in game two by Trujillo, who was 2-of-3. Rodriguez went 1-of-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

    Valley City State racked up 13 runs on 17 hits as the Minnesota Crookston pitching struggled in the second game.

    The Vikings opened up the scoring in the first when Kelli Moore singled to right field to plate Jayme Menard.

    Minnesota Crookston evened the slate up 1-1 when Boardman tripled to right field to drive in Bayliss.

    Valley City State added two runs in the second frame. Kadie Anderson hit a base-knock to bring in Aiello. Menard then reached on a sacrifice, bringing in Voni Culp to make it 3-1.

    The Vikings added four runs in the third. Anderson doubled to plate Culp and Joelle Aiello. Menard added a two RBI single to drive in Tatum Lundin.

    Valley City State added two runs in the fifth guided by an Anderson home run to drive in herself and Lundin.

    Rodriguez responded with her second home run of the day with a solo shot to cut the lead to 9-2.

    The Vikings padded their win with four runs in the sixth paced by a two RBI single from Lundin.

    Minnesota Crookston cut the lead to 13-3 in the sixth inning when Maggie Morales (Jr., 1B/OF, Tucson, Ariz.) reached on a fielder’s choice to bring Antolak home. However, the Golden Eagles would not get enough to make up the deficit as they fell 13-3.

    The Golden Eagles return to action Feb. 17 and 18 at the Minot State University Dome Tournament. Minnesota Crookston will play two games against Minot State University and University of Providence (Mont.). They will also have a pair of exhibitions against Dawson Community College.