FARGO, N.D. – The IPFW softball closed the door on its 2014 season with a 12-5 loss against Summit League Tournament top seed North Dakota State in a winner-take-all final game of the Summit League Championships.
IPFW, which falls to 40-15 on the season, had seven hits in the game, one each from Larissa Franklin, Ashleigh Bousquet, Alex Bousquet, Hillary Kartman, Kayti Hanson, Dani Pugh, and Audrey Mintari. Pugh drove in four on a fifth-inning grand slam, giving her 60 RBIs for the season, a new IPFW and Summit League record. Franklin also drove in a run, as Alex Bousquet, Franklin, Pugh, Mintari, and Hanson each scored once.
Miranda Kramer picks up the loss, striking out two while allowing five runs in two and a third inning of work, while Megan Flenniken went an inning, striking out two and giving up three earned runs, as Kaitlyn Biere pitched two and two-thirds of an inning, striking out a pair while giving up three earned runs.
North Dakota State struck first in the bottom of the second inning when Jackie Stifter hit a two-run home run, giving the hosts a 2-0 advantage. The hosts scored four times in the third inning, including a three-run home run from Jenina Ortega, pushing NDSU to a 6-0 advantage.
Five more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Bison put NDSU ahead 11-0 through four innings.
IPFW rallied in the top of the fifth inning, as Mintari drew a walk, before Hanson singled and Alex Bousquet reached when she was hit by a pitch. Franklin drew a bases-loaded, full-count walk to push home Mintari, ending the shutout bid for the Bison. After a strikeout put the second out on the board in the inning, Pugh took a two-strike pitch and put it over the wall in right field for her 12th home run of the season, and cutting the NDSU gap to 11-5.
NDSU added a run in the bottom of the fifth, taking the Bison lead to its final score of 12-5.