FARGO — North Dakota State Split a Summit League doubleheader with South Dakota on Sunday, April 11, winning the opener 3-1 before falling 6-5 in the series finale at Tharaldson Park.
Paige Vargas pitched a complete game for the Bison (12-20, 7-5 Summit), allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts. Dez Cardenas hit her first collegiate home run to give the Bison a 2-0 lead in the second inning and Montana DeCamp led off the third inning with her second homer of the season.
South Dakota (8-29, 2-6 Summit) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game with four first-inning singles and an infield error before NDSU starter Kara O'Byrne settled in to retire 12 of the next 14 batters.
NDSU got two runs in the third when Stephanie Soriano scored from first on a misplayed double by DeCamp and Cara Beatty squeezed in DeCamp with a bunt to make it 3-2. The Bison went ahead 5-3 in the fifth when Soriano led off with a single, Sam Koehn beat out an infield single to shortstop with two outs and Avery Wysong followed with a three-run homer.
But the Coyotes scored three in the sixth to take the lead and held on for the win.
With a bye week coming up in Summit League action this week, North Dakota State is scheduled to host a three-game series against Iowa State of the Big 12 Conference. The series opener between the Bison and Cyclones is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, April 16.