The Golden Eagles lost 4-0 and 13-2.
MINOT, N.D. – The University of Minnesota Crookston softball team lost a pair of road tilts to Minot State University Wed., March 4. The Golden Eagles were shutout in the first game as they fell 4-0 to the Beavers. Minnesota Crookston dropped the second game of the doubleheader 13-2 after giving up 13 runs and not taking advantage of their 10 hits on the day.
The Golden Eagles fall to 5-23 (1-5 NSIC) with Wednesday’s pair of losses. Minot State moved to 17-12 (4-4 NSIC) with the sweep. The Beavers took all four games with Minnesota Crookston on the season, including a pair of non-conference meetings in February.
Laura Mendez earned the shutout for Minot State after giving up just four hits in seven innings with no strikeouts and one walk.
Paige Pitlick (So., RHP, Jordan, Minn.) had a solid outing in the circle for the Golden Eagles. Pitlick suffered the loss after allowing three runs on three hits and one walk. Heather Cunningham (Sr., RHP, Jacksonville, Fla.) was impressive out of the bullpen as she gave up just one run on six hits in four innings of work.
Despite strong pitching, Minnesota Crookston was unable to come up with the run on the day as they scattered just four hits on the game. Victoria Bayliss (Sr., OF, West Bloomfield, Mich.), Gabriel Antolak (Sr., C/3B, Zimmerman, Minn.), Mikaela Rodriguez (So., SS/2B, Laveen, Ariz.) and Maggie Morales (Jr., 1B/OF, Tucson, Ariz.) were responsible for the hits on the day.
The Beavers had nine hits for the first game. Tori Zimmerman guided Minot State as she went 2-of-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, propelled by a two-run home run. Julia Suchan finished 2-of-4 for the tilt.
The Beavers broke the 0-0 tie in the top of the third when Lauren Cowden tripled to left center to bring in Skyla Neubauer. Zimmermann continued the big inning for Minot State as she hit a blast over the center field fence to plate herself and Cowden and move the lead to 3-0.
The Beavers extended their lead to 4-0 as Isis Cabral hit a solo home run to center field.
Minnesota Crookston’s best chance for runs came in the sixth. Morales reached on a single with one out to give the Golden Eagles a runner. With two outs, Bayliss singled to put runners on first and second. However, Minnesota Crookston stranded the two runners as the game remained at 4-0 in favor of Minot State.
The Golden Eagles had another opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. Antolak singled with one out to start the scoring chance for Minnesota Crookston. Khailyn Neumayer (Sr., OF, Morgan Hill, Calif.) then reached on a fielder’s choice as Antolak was out at second. The Golden Eagles got a second base runner as Jenna Boardman (Sr., 2B/SS, Genoa, Wis.) was walked with two outs. Minot State was able to hold the Golden Eagles at bay and get the 4-0 win as Mendez got the final out of the game.
The Golden Eagles were knotted up early with the Beavers 1-1 going into the top of the third. Minot State picked up 12 runs in the final three frames of the run-ruled five inning affair as they won 13-2.
Minnesota Crookston failed to take advantage of opportunities on the game as they had 10 hits but left nine runners stranded on the bases. Antolak paced the Golden Eagles going 2-of-3. Rocky Bjorge (So., 1B/3B, Prior Lake, Minn.) finished 1-of-3 with one run scored. Boardman was 1-of-3 with one RBI while Taylor Allen (Fr., C/OF, Neepawa, Manitoba) finished 1-of-2 with one run scored.
Minot State again looked to Zimmermann, who was 3-of-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Zimmermann added two more home runs to her one blast from the series opener. Suchan finished 2-of-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Kyla Larson went 2-of-4 with two RBIs and one run scored, while Camille Greene finished 2-of-3 with two runs.
Kassidy Klaphake (Sr., RHP, Cold Spring, Minn.) suffered the loss for Minnesota Crookston after giving up five runs on four hits. Mikayla Jones (Jr., RHP, Huxley, Iowa) allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings of work.
Kylie Patrick picked up the win in the complete game for Minot State. She allowed two runs on 10 hits with one strikeout and three walks.
Zimmermann ignited the efforts for the Beavers in the first frame with a solo blast over the left field fence.
The Golden Eagles obtained the equalizer in the bottom of the first as Boardman singled up the middle to drive in Allen. Minnesota Crookston loaded the bases later in the stanza as Neumayer walked, following a single from Antolak and a fielder’s choice by Bjorge. Patrick got out of danger as she got Rodriguez to line out to keep the game at 1-1.
The Golden Eagles had yet another chance in the bottom of the second. After walks were offered to Klaphake and Allen, Bayliss singled to center field. Klaphake looked to score but was caught in between third base and home as the game remained at 1-1. Minnesota Crookston still had runners at second and third after a stolen base by Bayliss. However, Boardman flew out as two runners were left stuck on second and third.
Minot State broke the tie with a big third inning. Zimmermann hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Greene. Larson then hit an infield single to plate Dakota DeLong to move the score to 3-1. Neubauer added to the lead as she singled to right center to plate Larson and Cowden.
The Beavers added four runs to their lead in the fourth guided by a Suchan two RBI single.
Minnesota Crookston had a pair of singles from Haley Strachan (Jr., OF, Phoenix, Ariz.) and Luisa Silvain (Jr., P, Tucson, Ariz.) in the bottom of the fourth. The Golden Eagles stranded both runners as Patrick again got out danger with the third out of the frame.
The Beavers moved their lead to 13-1 in the top of the fifth as they added four more runs.
Minnesota Crookston was able to get a run back when Neumayer was caught stealing, allowing Bjorge to come in on the throw. Rodriguez looked to keep the rally alive with a double, but the Golden Eagles would be unable to come up with enough in the end as they fell 13-2.
The Golden Eagles return to action with a pair of road series. Minnesota Crookston takes on Upper Iowa University April 7 at 1 and 3 p.m. in Fayette, Iowa. They then trek to Winona, Minn. to face the Warriors of Winona State University April 8 at 12 and 2 p.m.