MACOMB, Illinois — North Dakota State recovered for a game one loss to rip a season-high 14 hits and blitzed Western Illinois 16-0 in the second game of a Summit League doubleheader Saturday, March 27, at McKee Stadium.
The Bison dropped game one 6-2.
In game two, the 16 runs were the most by an NDSU team since 2016. The Bison (6-16) got a two-run home run from Avery Wysong in the second inning before erupting for nine runs in the third and five more in the fifth.
North Dakota State got four straight two-out hits in the nine-run inning with Sam Koehn extending the inning with an RBI single, Cameryn Maykut belting a three-run double, and Nicole Licea following with an RBI triple before scoring on Emilee Buringa's single.
Buringa was 3-for-3 and scored three runs, Stephanie Soriano was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, Montana DeCamp was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, and Ciara Jensen also had two hits.
NDSU's Paige Vargas pitched all five innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out eight for her 10th career shutout.
In the first game, Western Illinois (10-14) got a pair of home runs from Sydney Hollings, who hit a three-run shot in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third to make it 6-0.
NDSU got two runs back in the fifth when Wysong drove in Koehn, who led off with a triple and later scored to make it 6-2.
North Dakota State and Western Illinois are scheduled to close out the four-game series with an 11 a.m. doubleheader Sunday, March 28.