Eight-Run Fifth Inning Sends Southern Utah Past Bison 11-6
Release: May 05, 2012
FARGO, N.D.--An eight-run fifth inning sent Southern Utah University to an 11-6 win over North Dakota State University in a Summit League softball game played Saturday, May 5, at the Ellig Sports Complex.
North Dakota State (18-6 Summit, 34-19) clinched the Summit League regular season championship with a doubleheader sweep, along with the top seed in the league's postseason tournament May 10-12 in Kansas City.
Southern Utah (15-9 Summit, 29-23) sent 13 batters to the plate in the fifth inning to break open a close game. Kelsey Bryant's two-run home run put the Thunderbirds on top 4-3 and opened the flood gates. The Thunderbirds took advantage of five hits, three walks and a pair of hit batters to push across the runs.
It was an old-fashion game of home run derby early as each team hit two home runs to account for the scoring through the first two innings.
Katie Olinger's home run to left with one out in the second inning put Southern Utah ahead 1-0. It was Olinger's first homer of the season. She led SUU with a pair of hits.
NDSU freshman Amanda Grable launched a solo home run to center to lead off the bottom of the second. It was Grable's eighth homer of the season.
The Bison extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning when Taylor Mortensen belted a two-run home run to right center. Mortensen matched Grable with eight home runs this season.
Southern Utah's Madison Resley led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to center that one-hopped the fence surrounding the Ellig Sports Complex track.
Senior Katie Tamayo and Mortensen both finished with a pair of hits and two RBI for NDSU.
Heather Black (19-14) worked the first six innings to pick up the win for Southern Utah. Whitney Johnson (12-9) and Randi Parks pitched for the Bison with Johnson picking up the loss.
North Dakota State recognized its six seniors -- Cristina Borek, Brea Konz, Jamie Gay, Mortensen, Parks and Tamayo -- in a pregame ceremony.