Bison Softball Defeats Weber State, UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State Invitational
Release: March 09, 2013
LAKEWOOD, Calif.--Krista Menke tossed her first shutout of the season in North Dakota State University's 3-0 win over Weber State, and Whitney Johnson followed with a one-hitter in the Bison 7-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, March 9, at the Long Beach State Invittational
North Dakota State (10-10), which has won six straight, is scheduled to close out tournament play against host Long Beach State (12-7) at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
Menke (3-5) scattered four hits, struck out three and walked one against Weber State (1-17) in notching her 11th career shutout.
The Bison went ahead 2-0 in the second inning on a pair of solo home runs. Jenina Ortega took the first pitch of the second over the left field fence. With two outs, freshman Alyssa Reina blasted a 2-2 pitch to left. It was Reina's second homer of the season.
NDSU tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alex Sobrero singled to left with two outs. Sobrero stole second and scored on Reina's fielder's choice.
Morgan Allaband (0-10) picked up the loss for the Wildcats. Allaband allowed five hits, walked five and struck out two. Krystin Kubo has two hits for Weber State.
Cheyenne Garcia went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in to spark North Dakota State's win over UC Santa Barbara (15-7).
NDSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and used a four-run fifth frame to break open the game. The Bison took advantage of four UCSB errors during the contest.
Johnson (7-5) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, broken up with a two-out single by the Gauchos' McKenzie Kane. Over the past 28 innings, Johnson has given up four hits and one run.
North Dakota State finished with seven hits. Amanda Grable and Ortega each had run-scoring singles.
Alex Pingree (2-1) and Andriana Collins pitched for UC Santa Barbara with Pingree picking up the loss. The pair combined to strike out two and walk one. Collins allowed just one hit over the final three innings.