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Bison knock off UND in Summit softball tournament

Emilee Buringa knocked in four runs to lead the Bison

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BROOKINGS, S.D. — North Dakota State took down No. 6 seed University of North Dakota 5-2 on Thursday in the opening round of the Summit League softball tournament at Jackrabbit Softball Stadium.

The No. 3 seed Bison took an early 1-0 lead when Cameryn Maykut brought home Molly Gates with an RBI groundout. NDSU pushed its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third when Emilee Buringa belted a three-run home run to left field.

UND got on the board with a run in the fourth and was in position to score more with runners on second and third. Paige Vargas came in to pitch for the Bison and recorded a strikeout and pop out to escape the jam.

Buringa tallied her fourth RBI of the game by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth to put the Bison up 5-1.

Vargas earned the win, improving to 15-9 this season. She tossed 3 2/3 relief innings with one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts. Lainey Lyle started on the mound for NDSU, tossing 3 1/3 innings and allowing one run on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts in a no decision.

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The Bison advanced to take on No. 2 seed Omaha on Friday. The game time against Omaha has not been announced, due to the postponement of Thursday night’s game in the tournament. A start time will be released by The Summit League at a later time.

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