“Kylee said they had pitched her inside yesterday, so her first two times up she was looking for that and hit a double down the line and a home run to left,” stated SUU head coach Kyle Magnusson. “Then the last time up she made the adjustment when they went away from her and went down the right field line. That’s just good hitting.”
SUU opened with back-to-back doubles and a 1-0 lead after Sara Park led off the game with a drive to deep left center and then came around to score when Wolf pulled a ball down the left field foul line. North Dakota evened the count in the following inning on an RBI single hit through the left side by Toni Schutte.
Seniors Terysa Dyer and Cora Cordova each drove in a run in the bottom of the fourth to put Southern Utah back in front 3-1, but the visitors were able to even things up once again with two scores in the top of the fifth.
The Thunderbirds answered in their next turn at the plate when Wolf sent the first pitch she saw over the wall in left for her fifth home run of the year. SUU went on to pick up a few insurance runs in the following inning as Park snuck a single through the left side to plate two and Wolf hit a ball down the right field line for her third RBI of the day.
Katie Greenberg came on in relief and allowed just one run in the final two innings to seal the 7-4 win for Southern Utah. Ariel Hart (7-6) earned her sixth straight Big Sky win after striking out three batters in a five-inning start. Kaylin VanDomelen (3-14) went all six frames for UND and took the loss after giving up seven runs on nine hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.
“All six seniors started and played,” commented Magnusson. “T (Terysa) hit the big double and Cora had a base hit with an RBI and made a couple plays on defense. It was a good team effort.”
Southern Utah distances itself at the top of the Big Sky standings with the sweep and now prepares to visit second place Idaho State next week in Pocatello. The series is scheduled to get underway with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with coverage available at www.suutbirds.com.