GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota capped off its 2012 home slate with a Senior Day sweep over Green Bay this afternoon at the Apollo Sports Complex. The Fighting Sioux used three runs in the sixth to win the first game 7-4, and then pounded out six runs in inning six of the second game to pull out a 10-8 victory.
North Dakota (17-24) will face Green Bay (13-16) once again in the regular season finale in Green Bay, Wis., on May 3.
Game 1: UND 7, Green Bay 4
Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, sophomore Caralyn Chewning (Willamina, Ore.) sent out her fourth homerun of the season, bringing around senior Erica Younan (Chico, Calif.), who had reached on a double.
Following a scoreless fourth, the Phoenix picked up a 4-3 lead, but the Fighting Sioux quickly knotted it at 4-4 in the bottom of the inning. Junior Kenna Olsen (Issaquah, Wash.) reached on a centerfield double and then was batted around as junior Brittany Baker (Buena Park, Calif.) and sophomore Amanda Johnson (Ashby, Minn.) connected on back-to-back singles through the left side.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Sioux added another three runs as junior Cami Bennett (Grants Pass, Ore.), Younan and Chewning each rounded home.
Junior Michelle Frank (Chaska, Minn.) was credited with the win for UND. In her three innings of work, she allowed four hits, one run, struck out one, and walked one. Starting pitcher junior Emma Gronseth (Forest Grove, Ore.) struck out three, walked two, and allowed three runs and three hits during her four innings in the circle. Green Bay's Ashley Nannemann (8-8) took the loss.
Game 2: UND 10, Green Bay 8
Green Bay scored first in game two, but the Sioux quickly took control with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. With Bennett on second, Younan cranked a no-out homerun well over the left field fence. It marked her fourth of the season and the team's second of the day.
The Phoenix took a one-run lead in the top of the third inning, but Bennett managed to make it around to home for the second time, knotting the game at 4-4.
Green Bay broke the tie in the top of the fifth inning, but the Sioux put up a big six-run answer to lead 9-4 heading into the sixth. Sophomore Courtney Gonzales (Costa Mesa, Calif.), who had checked in for junior Jessi St. Marie (Zumbrota, Minn.), led off the inning with a single to right center. Bennett followed with a single of her own, and then a fielder's choice for Younan brought Gonzales in for the score.
In the next at bat, Bennett crossed home as Green Bay made a play at first. Olsen followed with a single down the right foul line to bring around Younan. After Baker put herself in first with a single through the left side, she and Olsen were drove home as Johnson sent a long ball over the centerfield wall.
UND put up one more run in the bottom of the sixth after the Phoenix were unable to put a mark on the board.
The visitors made it a close game in the final inning, notching four runs for its biggest inning of the day. A one-out, left center home run by Amanda Omahen brought in two to make it 10-8, but with strike out by Gronseth and a pop-up to first, the Phoenix couldn't complete the comeback.
Frank (8-12) took the win for UND after striking out four and allowing just three hits. Gronseth fanned four of her own and gave up four runs. Lauren Danner (1-3) took the loss for the Phoenix. She allowed 10 hits, nine runs, and struck out one.
- Go Sioux -