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Girls soccer

Jamestown 3,

GF Central 1

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Two goals from freshman forward Alexa Kudrna were the difference for Jamestown as the Blue Jays topped host Grand Forks Central on Saturday at Cushman Field.

Kudrna’s first goal came at the eight-minute mark in the first half, but Central got the equalizer from junior Haylee Novak early in the second. Jamestown responded quickly with Megan Gaffaney scoring just a minute later to take a 2-1 lead.

“Giving up that one really took the wind out of us,” Central coach George DuBois said. “The momentum had shifted a bit, but that second goal hurt.”

Central will play Red River on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Cushman Field.

Girls softball

Fargo South 6,

GF Central 5

Despite a strong spark at the top of the lineup from Stephanie McWilliams, Grand Forks Central fell to visiting Fargo South on Saturday.

McWilliams led off the bottom of the first with a triple, then stole home to give the Knights the early lead. She later hit a double and finished the game 2-for-3.

“The last couple of games, she been hitting the ball really well,” Central coach Darin Schumacher said.

The Bruins responded with two runs in the second frame and got a three-run triple from senior Faith Bye in the third to put the game out of reach.

Central plays host to Fargo Davies at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

College baseball

UTPA 8, UND 5

EDINBURG, Texas — Freshman Zach Muckenhirn flirted with a no-hitter but a three-run sixth and a five-run seventh helped host Texas-Pan American to a Western Athletic Conference win Saturday evening.

Muckenhirn set down the first 17 batters of the game until the first hit delivered a pair of runs and UND could not hold a late 5-3 lead.

“We pitched it pretty well tonight, we were just bad defensively,” UND coach Jeff Dodson said. “We didn’t take care of the baseball. We had 14 hits, so we swung it better, but we just didn’t have much to show for it. We’ve got to get behind (scheduled starter) Alex Twenge tomorrow to finish the series out strong.”

Muckenhirn was into the fifth with a no-hitter exactly two weeks ago and had a one-hitter in the ninth before eventually winning in extra frames at Chicago State. The fate would be different tonight.

A two-out walk in the sixth broke up the perfect game and a catcher’s interference and another free pass loaded the bases. The first UTPA hit plated a pair in a three-run inning to push the Broncs in front 3-2.

College softball

Idaho State 8, UND 3

UND’s season came to a close on Saturday afternoon with a home loss to Big Sky Conference regular-season champions Idaho State.

UND, which did not qualify for the Big Sky tournament, finished 5-39.

North Dakota took a 3-1 lead after the fourth inning, but a six-run inning by the Bengals put them back in the driver’s seat en route to the series win after the two sides split Friday’s doubleheader.

“Idaho State is a good team and they’re going to hit the ball well,” coach Eric Oakley said. “It would have been nice to get a couple more key hits in situations for us; we were definitely going to need more than three runs to beat a team like that. But I think it was a good sign that we competed and that they didn’t get anything easy.”

The game was the final for six UND seniors: Caralyn Chewning, Elizabeth Cudney, Courtney Gonzales, D Jantzer, Amanda Johnson and Toni Schutte.

Briefly

  •  Baseball: Red Lake Falls overcame a seven-run fourth by Grand Forks Central to grab a 9-8 win on Saturday afternoon. Zach Landman went 2-for-2 and Jake Magnell went 1-for-1 for Red Lake Falls. Zach Walx led Central with two doubles.
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