SOFTBALL SEASON ENDS WITH 6-0 LOSS TO NORTH DAKOTA STATE
May 10, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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FARGO, N.D. – A great run in the 2014 Summit League Tournament came to an end for the IUPUI softball team on Saturday as North Dakota State avenged an earlier loss to the Jags in the tournament by claiming a 6-0 win over IUPUI Saturday at the Ellig Sports Complex on the campus of North Dakota State.
The Jags finished the season with a 24-24 record, but they had nothing to be disappointed about this week as they won more postseason games than the program has won in the last 15 years with victories over Western Illinois and North Dakota State to begin tournament action.
"I'm so proud of this team. We played with tremendous heart and fight all the way to the end," head coach Amanda Rivera said. "Out seniors have been amazing. They have played such a big role in changing the culture of the program and I'm so thankful for their commitment, leadership and pride for IUPUI softball."
IUPUI's defense, which has been strong for most of the year, had a tough day committing four errors that led to all six of NDSU's runs. Offensively, after Ali Mosier recorded a single in the team's first at-bat of the game, IUPUI managed to register one more hit the rest of the way.
The game was scoreless through two innings, but two errors and two wild pitches from the Jaguars helped the Bison score four runs to take a 4-0 lead.
After IUPUI failed to score with two on and two out in the fourth, NDSU added to its lead in the fifth on a two-run home run to up its lead to 6-0.
From that point, the Jags only were able to get one runner on base the rest of the way, and that was by a hit by pitch in the seventh, giving the Bison the 6-0 win.
Mosier and Chitwood were the two Jags to pick up hits on the day, while Oppenhuis went 4.2 innings giving up five hits and six unearned runs in her final game in an IUPUI uniform.
As a team, the Jags set a D-I era program record for batting average in a season (.298), slugging percentage (.474) and doubles (66), while setting a new program record regardless of division for home runs with 48.
Individually, Mosier set a new D-I era school record for runs in a season (38), RBI in a season (39) and total bases (104), while Roni Patterson set a new single-season D-I era record for slugging percentage at .687. Mosier and Patterson also moved into the Top 5 on the single-season charts in several other statistical categories.