SOFT: NDSU Bests Dons, Forces Winner-Take-All Final

FARGO, N.D. – The IPFW softball team fell 3-1 to the North Dakota State Bison in a game that would have clinched the Summit League Tournament title for the Mastodons, setting up a winner-take-all tournament finale on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET against the same Bison squad.

Larissa Franklin was 3-for-4 at the plate, as the Mastodons totaled 10 hits in 31 at-bats, while draing a walk and two hit batters; however, the team left a dozen on base in the two-run loss.

Miranda Kramer gave up one earned run over her seven innings, scattering six hits while striking out eight.

The teams engaged in a pitcher’s duel through the first five innings of the game, before the Bison pushed two runs across the plate, aided by an error in the outfield. A walk, sacrifice bunt, and single scored the third and final North Dakota State run an inning later, putting the Bison ahead 3-0.

Franklin opened the bottom of the seventh inning with an infield single, before advancing to second on the play when the Bison left the base unattended. A batter later, Ashleigh Bousquet singled through the right side, scoring Franklin, and cutting the gap to two. A double play followed, clearing the bases, before Hillary Kartman and Beka Ferguson hit back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners. The inning ended, however, with a strikeout – NDSU starting pitcher Krista Menke’s 10th of the game.

The loss drops IPFW to 40-14 on the year, while Kramer falls to 20-9 in the pitcher’s circle. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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