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Softball Team Finds Offense in Last Game of Series

2-12 vs Georgetown Jim Killian Photography (62)

Photo credit: Jim Killian

2-12 vs Georgetown Jim Killian Photography (62)
Written by: Brice VanceApril 13, 2016

The IPFW softball team lost three games to North Dakota State and the offense did not produce any runs until the final game of the series.

In the first two game of the series, the Mastodons tallied up only one hit in each game and lost both game by the identical score of 8-0.

Luckily, the final game of the series provided some blue and white fireworks.

The Bison got the first runs on the board when they put up four runs in the first inning and two more runs in the second for the early 6-0 lead.

Jenna Balthazor started off the third inning with a walk and advanced to second on the next play when Lauren Watson reached safely on a bunt. Later in the inning, Sierra Miranda walked to loaded the bases for Jessica Murray.

Murray then hit a fly ball out to centerfield that was deep enough to score Balthazor from third for the sacrifice. The next batter, Demitra Burns, walked to load the bases once again, this time for Amber Davis.

Then, Davis single to the shortstop and scored Watson from third, which made the score 6-2 in favor of North Dakota State.

In the bottom of the third, the Bison pushed their lead to eight when they scored four more runs.

IPFW jumped right back at in the top of the fourth when Taylor Lyman doubled down the right-field line and Balthazor singled. Those two scored when Watson and Emily Olszewski hit back-to-back singles. This caused a pitching change for North Dakota State.

After the new Bison pitcher finished her warm-up pitches, Miranda smacked a double that plated Watson and Olszewski for two more runs.

The scoring continued when Davis singled for the second time in the game and scored Miranda from second base to close the gap to 10-7.

The Bison extended their lead in the fifth with three more runs, which made for a total of 29 runs scored in the series.

IPFW made another attempt to catch up to North Dakota State in the top of the sixth.

Miranda drew a walk and then Murray double to left-center-field to score Miranda. The attempt to come back ended there and North Dakota State went on to win 13-8.

After the losses, IPFW is in sixth place in the Summit League standings.

The softball team returns to play when they face IUPUI on April 16-17 in Indianapolis.