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College Softball: Ridgewater, NDSCS split doubleheader

WAHPETON, N.D. -- A walk-off home run from Brandi Bodin allowed Ridgewater to gain a split with North Dakota State College of Science Wednesday in college softball.

NDSCS (10-18) had opened the day by holding Ridgewater (18-8) to five hits in its 9-1 win. It looked like the Wildcats were on their way to sweeping the doubleheader, but home runs from Bodin and Brooke Henderson sparked an eight-run rally to give Ridgewater a 9-7 win in the night cap.

The Wildcats held a 7-1 lead after 4½ innings before Ridgewater stormed back in the second game. Henderson's three-run homer pulled the Lady Warriors within three after five innings of play. After scoring in the sixth, Ridgewater capped its comeback by getting an RBI single from Nicole Blizil and a walk-off three-run homer with two outs in the seventh.

The Lady Warriors pounded out 15 hits in the game to help Jodi Merritt shake off issuing six walks in a complete-game performance in the pitcher's circle. Bodin, who doubled to lead off the fifth, and Sara Beyer had three hits apiece while Blizil, Henderson and Emily Roelike all had two hits each.

Roelike supplied the only run in the first game by hitting a solo home run with two outs in the top half of the fifth inning.

The Lady Warriors squandered a chance to take an early lead as they failed to score after loading the bases without getting an out in the second. They also left a runner in scoring position in the third and fourth innings.

The Wildcats scored all nine of their runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Ridgewater hosts Anoka-Ramsey Friday at 3 p.m. in a MCAC Southern Division doubleheader.

Game One

NDSCS 9, Ridgewater 1

Ridgewater................000 01 -- 1 5 3

NDSCS......................004 23 -- 9 12 1

HITTING - Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 1-for-3, solo HR, rbi; Nicole Blizil 1-for-3; Brooke Henderson 1-for-2; Kristin Kahle 2-for-2, 2b ... North Dakota State College of Science: Libby Aughdahl 3-for-4, 2b, 2-run HR, 3 runs, 4 rbi; Kayla Schafer 3-for-4, 2 rbi; Toni Moffatt 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Kristin Kahle (L) 42/3-12-9-7-2-4 ... North Dakota State College of Science: Ally McCracken (W) 5-5-1-1-0-0

Game Two

Ridgewater 9, NDSCS 7

NDSCS (10-18)....220 300 0 -- 7 7 2

Ridgewater (18-8)..010 031 4 -- 9 15 2

HITTING - North Dakota State College of Science: Meg Claypool 2-for-4, 2-run HR, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Steph Lambrecht 1-for-2, 2 rbi; Toni Moffatt 1-for-2, rbi ... Ridgewater: Nicole Blizil 2-for-5, rbi; Brandi Bodin 3-for-5, 2b, 3-run HR, 2 runs, 3 rbi; Emily Roelike 2-for-4, 2 runs; Brooke Henderson 2-for-4, 2b, 3-run HR, 4 rbi; Kristin Kahle 1-for-4; Steph Rhea 1-for-3; Jodi Merritt 1-for-3; Sara Beyer 3-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- North Dakota State College of Science: Amber Denney 61/3-13-7-5-2-2, Ally McCracken (L) 1/3-2-2-2-0-0 ... Ridgewater: Jodi Merritt (W) 7-7-7-6-6-3