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February 24, 2014
By Todd VanderLoop of SPASH Softball

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Sophomore Cayli Sadler hurls a pitch towards home plate against Southern Nazarene. Sadler started both games today for the Bulldogs.

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It was a day of firsts for the University of Minnesota Duluth freshmen and none came at a better to start the 2014 season.

Down to their final out, freshman Heather Woyak capped off a five-run seventh inning with her two-run triple to surge the University of Minnesota Duluth past Henderson State University 7-6 for a split on the opening day of the University of Arkansas-Monticello 8-State Classic. The Bulldogs squandered the chance to start 2-0 for the first time since 2012 after falling 10-1 to Southern Nazarene University.

Freshman pitcher Sam Hartmann came in relief of starting pitcher sophomore Cayli Sadler in both outings and collected her first collegiate win. Hartmann went four innings, striking out three Reddies in the victory.

UMD (1-1) led briefly over Henderson State until the third inning. The Reddies scored twice in the third and added two more in the sixth but the three-run lead wouldn't hold the next half inning. Freshman infielder Kylie Pewe first collegiate hit, an RBI double, narrowed the lead to two. After a sac RBI by sophomore infielder Sami Schnyder, senior captain Megan Mullen tied the game at five with her RBI double off the right field wall.

In the season opener, the Crimson Storm put up a seven spot in the sixth to seal the game. Junior infielder Jordan Rice tallied the club's first home run of the season, a solo shot in the third. Southern Nazarene outhit UMD 16-2.

"Today we had good energy and were excited to hit the field for the 2014 season," said head coach Jen Banford. "Although we didn't grab two victories, we did a great job bouncing back to get our first win of the year. We look to improve and learn from our mistakes for tomorrow."

The Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow for another two-game set in day two of the four-day tournament when they square off against Pittsburg State University at 9:30 a.m. and then versus the University of Nebraska-Kearney at 1:30 p.m.

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