OGDEN, Utah-Northern Colorado defeated the University of North Dakota 7-4 in the opening day of the Big Sky Conference Softball tournament.
The Bears jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, scoring three runs in the second inning and one in the third.
The Fighting Hawks tied it in the fifth with a four-run outburst that was headlined by a Taylor Nadler RBI triple.
Northern Colorado responded in the top of the sixth with three runs, bringing the game to its final score.
Madi Schmidt led the Bears, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs.