College softball: Dragons sweep Sioux Falls, remain near top of NSIC standings

MSU Moorhead is a half-game out of first in the conference regular-season race after running its winning streak to four on Saturday.

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Minnesota State Moorhead swept Sioux Falls on Saturday to run its winning streak to four games and remain one-half game out of first in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings.

The Dragons' won 4-3 and 5-4 in 10 innings to run their NSIC mark to 9-1, just back of NSIC leader Winona State (10-1).

In the second game, Eliya Johnson won it with a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th. The Dragons and Sioux Falls were tied 4-4 through five innings but neither team dented the scoreboard over the next 4-1/2 innings. With one out in the home half of the 10th, Johnson connected on the game-winner to center field.

Johnson and Mack Gallagher both had two hits and two RBI, Azalya Lopez had two hits and an RBI, Lizzy Davis was 3 for 4 and Annika Norman had two hits.

Reliever Evey Evans pitched 5-1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, to get the win.


In the first game, MSUM took a 4-0 lead scoring all four runs in the third inning. Gallagher and Jordey Smith both doubled in runs and Johnson singled in two runs.

Sioux Falls rallied with three runs in the sixth but Evans, on again in relief, got the final four outs, allowing just one hit, to get the save. Johnson started and worked four scoreless innings, allowing three hits, to get the win.

Johnson had two hits and the RBI and Smith was 3 for 3 with the RBI.

The Dragons improved to 21-7 overall and are scheduled to play an NSIC doubleheader at UMary at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in Bismarck.

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