Softball - Mon, Mar. 4, 2013
Bemidji State Recap: W 11-2
In their first game of the season, the Hawks out blasted NCAA Division II Bemidji State scoring 11 runs on 10 hits. Senior Taysia Kaufman (1-0) got the win for the hawks pitching 6 strong innings, giving up only 2 runs on 7 hits.
After Bemidji State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Hawks answered back in the top of the third scoring 3 runs capped by freshman Alex Vargas's 2 run home run. The Hawks were in control from that inning on. Top offensive performances came from Senior Taysia Kaufman , 1-2 with 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases; Monique Yslas was 2-4 at the plate adding 5 RBI's; Vargas finished the game going 2-4 with 3 RBI's, a double and homerun; Sophmore Janell LaRont went 2-3 with 2 RBI's; and freshman Morgan Glowa was 2-2 with 2 runs scored.
St. Could State Recap: L 4-2
In the second game of the day, the Hawks battled against a tough NCAA Division II St. Cloud State. Sophmore Regan Lawrence (0-1) got the loss for the Hawks. Lawrence pitched 6 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, striking out 3 and walking 3.
The Blue Hawks got on the board in the first inning when Tayisa Kaufman started the game with a leadoff triple. Next batter, Monique Yslas hit a single to center field to put the hawks up 1-0. St. Cloud State answered back in the bottom of the first inning when Mikayla Hogan drew a walk with two outs and Stephanie Roan doubled to left field to score St. Cloud's first run of the game.
In the top of the 4th inning, Janell LaRont led off the inning with a solo homerun to right field, putting the hawks up 2-1. Once again the Huskies answered back in the bottom of the 4th tying the game at 2 apiece. Breana Canova then hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to win the game for the Huskies.
Valley City State Recap: W 7-1
Sophmore Janell LaRont (1-0) took the mound for the Blue Hawks against Valley State University. This was LaRont's first start in over year after recovering from a shoulder injury. While LaRont pitched 3.1 innings she gave up only 3 hits on 1 run and had 1 strike out. Taysia Kaufman came into relief and was untouchable. She retired all 11 batters she faced in a row, striking out 6 of them.
On offense, Alex Vargas continued her roar at the plate getting the Hawks on the board in the third inning with a 2 run homerun. She finished the game with 3 hits and 3 rbi's. Janell LaRont played a huge role in the Hawks 7-1 win at the plate going 3-4 with 2 stolen bases.
Other offensive leaders include Taysia Kaufman, 2-4 and freshman Rebecca Lopez, 2-4. Valley City State's lone run came in the 4th inning when Caitlin Giesbrecht hit a ground rule double to score Stephanie Lahey. Samantha Nalley took the loss for the Vikings giving up 7 runs on 10 hits and the Viking defense committed 2 errors.
Minot State Recap: L 6-2
In the last game of the tournament the Hawks faced former Dakota Athletic Conference foe, Minot State University. Taysia Kaufman started the game for the Hawks and the loss eventually was recorded by Regan Lawrence (0-2).
Minot State took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning scoring an unearned run on an error by third basemen Janell LaRont. However the Hawks didn't fold at that point and answered back in the top of the 2nd. Pinch hitter Nicole Lobato drew a walk to start the Blue Hawks rally. It was then followed by a double by senior Danielle Benito and a walk from freshman Morgan Glowa to load the bases. Taysia Kaufman blasted a two out base's clearing double, however the Hawks only recorded one run on the hit and the inning was over when the umpire ruled that the runner on 2nd did not touch 3rd base.
In the top of the 5th the Hawks scored another run taking a 2-1 lead. However that didn't last long when Minot State once again answered back. Tiffany Friesen hit a 2 run homerun off relief pitcher Regan Lawrence to top off a 3 run 5th inning for the Beavers. The bottom of the 5th inning was all the Beavers would need to claim the W.
Each time finished the game with 7 hits.
Head Softball Coach Kristen Fleury had this to say about the weekend, "We played great this weekend. For our first time against opposing teams I was very happy with our performance. We competed every inning of every game. We are a young team and will continue to grow as the season progresses. As a team we are excited for this upcoming week of practice to work on the things we need to work on and get back out on the field and compete in Arizona."
The Hawks are 2-2 on the young season. Their next games will be at the Tucson Invitational Games on Friday when they open versus Madona University. You can follow all sixteen games live on the NAIA live webcast.