Update: Bison Softball With South Dakota State Moved to April 28-29
Release: April 26, 2012
Complete release attached
North Dakota State (14-4 Summit, 30-17) is scheduled to play at South Dakota State University (4-14 Summit, 12-25-1) in a Summit League series on April 28-29 in Brookings ... The Bison will play SDSU in a 2 p.m. doubleheader Saturday, April 28, at Jackrabbit Softball Stadium ... The teams will conclude the three-game league series with a single game at noon Sunday, April 29 ... NDSU is 11-9 on the road this season, while the Jackrabbits are 6-3-1 at home ... The Bison dipped from 8th to 11th in this week's Mid-Major Softball Poll ... North Dakota State reached 30 wins for the sixth straight season and for the 15th time since 1996 ... The Bison have played teams from 20 different conferences ... There were 13 first-time opponents on the NDSU schedule ... The Bison played their first 33 games on the road including five tournaments.
North Dakota State leads the series with South Dakota State 51-43 ... The Bison swept the three-game series last season in Fargo ... Through 36 games, SDSU is hitting .221 with a 4.32 earned run average and .939 fielding percentage ... The Jackrabbits are averaging 2.47 runs per game and allowing 5.08.
Johnson Earns Second Summit League Pitching Honor
North Dakota State right-hander Whitney Johnson claimed her fifth career Summit League Pitcher of the Week honor and second of the season on April 23 ... Johnson threw her first career no-hitter in a 4-0 win over UMKC on April 21 ... The no-hitter was NDSU's second of the season and the program's 22nd overall ... Johnson becomes the 13th player to achieve the milestone ... In the win over the Kangaroos, the right-handed hurler recorded her third shutout of the season and the 23rd of her career, striking out 10 batters and walking one ... Johnson has six double-figure strikeouts games this season and 24 in her career ... In her third start of the week, she struck out seven, while allowing five hits, one earned run and two walks in 6.1 innings vs. UMKC (4-22-12) ... On the week, Johnsons struck 17 batters, while yielding eight hits, eight walks and five earned runs in 19.1 innings of work for a 1.81 ERA.
Quickly Around The Horn
In the NCAA statistics released April 24, Krista Menke is 10th in shuouts (9); Whitney Johnson is 11th in hits allowed (4.52 avg/g), and Taylor Mortensen is 17th in triples (4); ... Freshman infielder/catcher Amanda Grable tied a school single-game record with two home runs at IUPUI (3-16-12) in North Dakota State's 11-0 second-game win ... The record had been tied 13 times previously by eight different athletes, the last Melissa Chmielewski vs. Jackson State (2-13-09) ... Grable had a team-high 10-game hitting streak, and leads the team with 12 multi-hit and eight multi-RBI games ... Senior Taylor Mortensen's grand slam at IUPUI (3-16-12) was the program's first since Melissa Chmielewski vs. Drexel (2-25-10) ... Senior Cristina Borek hit a grand slam in the fourth inning against Oakland (3-24-12) ... Whitney Johnson recorded a career-high with 19 strikeouts in the 3-1 win over Toledo (2-9-12) ... Lindsey Graham set the previous record with 16 vs. Oklahoma City (3-8-03) ... Johnson has six double-figure strikeout games this season and 24 in her career ... Johnson has three shutouts this season and has 23 in her career ... Johnson has three one-hitters this season and 16 in her career ... With 701 career strikeouts, Johnson is one of NDSU three pitchers to record over 700 ... Freshman pitcher Krista Menke's no-hitter vs. Liberty (3-10-12) was the program's 21st overall and the first since Andi Padilla's five-inning effort vs. UMKC on March 21, 2009 ... Padilla had a seven-inning diamond gem vs. Creighton on March 18, 2009 ... Menke reached double-figure strikeouts for the first time in her career with 11 vs. IPFW (3-30-12) ... Menke has nine shutouts and seven two-hitters this season ... Senior utility player Katie Tamayo had a pair of doubles in a game for the second time this season in the first game at Texas-Arlington (3-14-10) ... Tamayo was named College Sports Madness.com Summit League Player of the Week on March 26 ... Outfielder Taylor Mortensen and pitcher Whitney Johnson were named to the Easton Bama Bash all-tournament team ... Mortensen hit .375 (6-16) with two home runs, a pair of doubles, three runs scored and five RBI ... Mortensen led off the Alabama (2-25-12) and East Carolina (2-26-12) games with a home run ... Johnson compiled a 1.57 ERA with one shutout, 26 strikeouts and 12 walks in 22.1 innings pitched at Alabama ... With the 6-4 12-inning loss to UMKC on April 22, the Bison are 3-3 this season and 35-25 in extra innings under head coach Darren Mueller since 2002 ... The 12-inning game was the longest played at the Ellig Sports Complex and tied the program's record for the longest game, set three times previously ... North Dakota State is 48-46 overall in extra innings overall ... Collectively, the Bison are hitting .258 with a 2.05 earned run average and is fielding at .967 ... NDSU opponents are hitting .188 with a 3.25 ERA and fielding at .968 ... The Bison are averaging 4.04 runs scored per game, while opponents are averaging 2.60 ... The big inning has been the third for North Dakota State with 38 runs scored ... The Bison are 24-1 when leading after six innings this season.
In The Summit League Statistics
North Dakota State can be found often in The Summit League statistics (based on league games only) released this week ... Individually (top 10), Krista Menke is 1st in pitching (1.15 ERA), wins (12), shutouts (7) and strikeouts (92), and 2nd in opponent batting average (.183); Whitney Johnson is 1st in opponent batting average (.123) and 2nd in pitching (1.27 ERA); Jamie Gay is 2nd in batting (.453), 4th in on-base percentage (.492), 5th in hits (24) and 7th in slugging percentage (.623); Taylor Mortensen is tied for 3rd in triples (2), tied for 4th in runs scored (16) and 9th in slugging percentage (.610); Cristina Borek is tied for 6th in RBI (17), and Amanda Grable is 10th in slugging percentage (.589).
... Team-wise, the Bison are 1st in pitching (1.18 ERA), 3rd in fielding (.967), and 4th in batting average (.275).
Johnson, Mortensen, Konz Aim at NDSU Career Charts
On the NDSU career charts, junior Whitney Johnson is 2nd in strikeouts per 7 innings (7.94 avg/g) and opponent batting avg. (.187); 3rd in strikeouts (701) and complete games (73); 4th in innings pitched (618); 5th in shutouts (23); 6th in wins (59) and appearances (110), and 10th in ERA (2.47) ... Outfielder Taylor Mortensen is 8th in home runs (21) ... Third baseman Brea Konz is 5th in sacrifices (33), tied for 5th in times hit by pitch (9), 8th in fielding assists (331), and tied for 9th in doubles (37) and home runs (12).