College softball: Dragons lose opener but rebound with win at NSIC tournament

MSU Moorhead fell to Winona State in Wednesday's first round but stayed alive in the championship with a victory over Sioux Falls.

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Winona State got the best of the Minnesota State Moorhead softball team in the opening round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships but the Dragons kept their season alive with a victory over Sioux Falls in Wednesday's second game.

The Warriors defeated the Dragons 12-9 in the opener but MSUM rebounded with a 7-6 win over the Cougars.

The Dragons resume tournament play against Minot State at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Against Sioux Falls, the Dragons scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome a three-run deficit and knock off the Cougars.

Trailing 6-3, MSUM's Lizzy Davis led off with a single but was out at second on Mack Gallagher's fielder's choice. Eliya Johnson followed with a double to right and Gallagher scored on Azalya Lopez' single to center.


Annika Norman drove in Gallagher with an infield single and Kiley Washnieski came through with a walk-off, two-run single to right.

Lopez was 3 for 4 and drove in three runs and Johnson was 3 for 4 with an RBI.

Against Winona State, the Dragons fell behind 8-2 after four innings but rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth. The Warriors held off a comeback with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth. MSUM scored two runs in the top of the seventh but couldn't sustain the rally.

MSUM's Avery Steffen was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Johnson was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Gallagher hit a solo home run, Washnieski doubled and drove in three runs, and Jordey Smith singled and drove in a pair of runs. Norman had two hits.

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