Johnson Blanks No. 23 Georgia, No-Hits Radford
Release: March 02, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.--Whitney Johnson tossed back-to-back shutouts, an 8-0 no-hitter against Radford University and a 3-0 one-hitter against No. 23-ranked Georgia on Saturday, March 2, during the second day of the Bulldog Invitational at Jack Turner Stadium.
The win over Georgia was the program's first during the regular season over a nationally-ranked opponent and third overall (Oklahoma in 2009 and Hawai'i in 2012).
North Dakota State (6-10), which snapped a four-game losing streak, is scheduled to close out tournament play against Indiana State (9-8) at 9 a.m. Central on Sunday, March 3.
"Whitney (Johnson) was focused from the beginning and had good control of her pitches. She had a great mound presence," said NDSU head coach Darren Mueller.
Johnson, a 5-foot-10 senior from Lake Crystal, Minn., started the day with her second career no-hitter against Radford (1-6) and the program's 23rd overall. She faced 17 batters over five-innings, struck out six and walked three.
North Dakota State jumped out of the gate early with three runs in the first inning, taking advantage of Martiza Lopez-Portillo's RBI double and a two-run error.
The Bison extended the lead to 7-0 with four runs in the top of the third sparked by Jenina Ortega's one out triple to right field. Cheyenne Garcia delivered a two-run double, while Alyssa Reina and Lopez-Portillo each drove in a run.
Jackie Jenkins (0-4) and Allie Reid pitched for Radford with Jenkins recording the loss. The pair combined to allow nine hits, walk four and strike out two.
Ortega went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, the triple and a double to lead NDSU. Lopez-Portillo rapped a pair of doubles.
Johnson carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Georgia (10-7), but that was broken up by Paige Wilson to start the frame.
Defense played a key role. Shortstop Logan Moreland turned a 6-3 double play, outfielder Presley Glaser made nice catch in right, and catcher Alyssa Reina threw out a couple of runners.
In evening her record at 5-5, Johnson kept the Bulldogs on their heels, striking out four and walking three. It was Johnson's 17th career one-hitter, while she recorded shutouts No. 27 and No. 28.
North Dakota State jumped out to an 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Amanda Grable launched a 1-0 pitch for a two-run home run to left center. It was Grable's first home run of the season.
The Bison added an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Alex Sobrero led off with a double down the left field line, advanced to third on Reina's sacrifice bunt and scored on Lopez-Portillo's single to left.
Tessa Sito and Morgan Montemayor pitched for Georgia with Sito (1-1) picking up the loss. Montemayor allowed four hits, struck out three and walked two over the final five innings.
Logan Moreland and Garcia each had two hits to pace the Bison, which finished with eight overall.