Minnesota Crookston falls to 13-29 overall (2-16 NSIC).
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—The University of Minnesota Crookston finished up its time on the road this weekend with a doubleheader against St. Cloud State University at the Husky Dome in St. Cloud, Minn.
The Huskies used dominant pitching in both games to sweep the Golden Eagles, 9-1 and 14-0.
With the doubleheader sweep, the Huskies improve to 33-11 (15-5 NSIC). The Golden Eagles fall to 13-29 overall (2-16 NSIC).
In game one, the Huskies got things started inside the friendly confines of the Husky Dome with a Megan Conrads homerun that put the Huskies ahead 1-0.
The Golden Eagles would answer back in the top of the third as Hannah Macias (Fr., OF, West Covina, Calif.) continued her hot hitting by driving in Mikayla Jones (Sr., P, Huxley, Iowa) with a line-drive sacrifice fly, to knot the score 1-1.
After the Golden Eagles knotted it up 1-1, the Huskies showed why they’re in contention to win the NSIC tournament. The Huskies scored eight straight runs, including six runs in the sixth inning to make the score 9-1, ending the game due to a mercy rule in six innings.
Taylor Graven (So., P, Greene, Iowa) got the start on the day and gave up just one run on two hits, while striking out one in 2.2 innings. Jones came in of relief of Graven and gave up four runs on five hits while striking out 2 in 2.2 innings pitched. Freshman Darian Pancirov (Fr., P, Las Vegas, Nev.) also saw time in the circle. Pancirov gave up four runs on three hits in 0.1 innings.
Offensively, the Golden Eagles were led by Maggie Morales (Sr., 3B, Tuscon, Ariz.), who had two knocks on the day and Mikayla Jones, who had one hit on the day. The Golden Eagles left just two runners on base.
In game two, the Huskies pounced on the Golden Eagles early and never looked back, winning the game 14-0.
The Huskies opened up the game with a four run first inning highlighted by two doubles from Raven Vanden Langenburg and Cassie Francesconi.
In the third inning, the Huskies exploded for eight runs off of both Paige Pitlick (Jr., P, Jordan, Minn.) and Graven.
The game would end in the fifth inning due to a ten run rule.
Pitlick struggled in the circle, giving up 12 runs, 9 of which were earned, on 11 hits, while striking out four. Graven and Jones came in to pitch as well.
Offensively, the Golden Eagles struggled in game two, collecting just one hit on a Samantha Proctor double in the fifth inning to end the perfect game bid from Husky starter Sydney LaPoint, who had just three strikeouts on the day.
Minnesota Crookston is back in action this weekend with four games against Minnesota State University Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul. First pitch with the Mavericks is set for 1 p.m., on Friday afternoon in Mankato, Minn. First pitch on Saturday against the Golden Bears is set for 12 p.m., in St. Paul, Minn.