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NDSU Defeats Lady Flames, 1-0, at Aggie Invitational
North Dakota State posted a 1-0 shutout victory over Liberty, in a game that began on Friday and ended on Saturday due to heavy rain, at the Aggie Invitational. Bison pitcher Krista Menke pitched a no-hitter, the first of her collegiate career.
The Lady Flames are now 6-5 following their first game in College Station. NDSU holds a 13-9 record, falling to No. 21 Texas A&M before downing Liberty.
The game was a pitchers' duel, as the Bison held a 1-0 lead when the game was called due to rain after four innings had been played on Friday.
Menke (5-4) allowed six Liberty baserunners, on three walks, a hit by pitch and two Bison errors, striking out seven batters. Alyssa DiMartino yielded one run on just five hits, walking five and fanning three.
Kelby Allen, Jenny Law and Kaylee West all drew one walk apiece, while Katie Zavodny and Kelly Strickland reached via errors and Amber Donovan was hit by a pitch.
Brandi Enriquez walked and scored the game's lone run in the third inning, and five NDSU hitters recorded one hit apiece.
North Dakota State threatened to score in the top of the second inning, as Brea Konz walked and Jenina Ortega singled with one out. Jamie Gay grounded to third, where Bridgett Woods turned an inning-ending double play.
NDSU's Menke retired the first six Liberty batters she saw, and the ledger remained scoreless after two innings.
The Bison entered the scoring column during the third. Enriquez drew a leadoff walk, and went to second after a wild pitch. She crossed the plate on a wild pitch with two outs, giving NDSU a 1-0 edge. DiMartino then got Cristina Borek to ground into a fielder's choice.
Law walked to open the bottom of the third, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Menke fired a pair of strikeouts to strand Law at second base, keeping the score at 1-0.
DiMartino worked around a one-out single in the fourth. The Lady Flames then put the leadoff batter aboard for the second inning in a row, as Zavodny made it to first on an error. She was then caught stealing, and Menke recorded the final two outs before the tarp came on the field.
When the game resumed on Saturday, the Bison stranded a runner at third, as Tamayo grounded to third to end the top of the fifth.
Allen received a free pass with one out in the bottom of the fifth frame. After a two-out walk to West, Menke struck out Woods, closing the stanza.
North Dakota State left a runner on third to end the Bison half of the sixth, as DiMartino erased Gay on a groundout. Menke then pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth.
The Lady Flames came to bat for the final time, trailing 1-0. Donovan was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Strickland reached on an error, and Donovan went to third on a fielder's choice. West scorched a liner into the glove of left fielder Mortenson, ending the game and giving Menke the no-hit, 1-0 win.
Liberty will meet Monmouth twice on Sunday to close out the Aggie Invitational. Game one is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with game two set for 6:30 p.m.