Bison return to the Summit League Play Hosting Omaha Saturday & Sunday
IN THIS WEEK: The runner-up North Dakota state softball team (12-21, 7-5 Summit) returns to the Summit League this weekend, hosting a four-game series (10-23, 4-8 Summit) with Omaha. The Bison and Mavericks will play two doubleheaders in Tharaldson Park starting Saturday noon, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th, 11:00 a.m. Live statistics will be available on BisonStats.com. Live video is available to NDSU All Access subscribers on GoBison.com and the NDSU Athletics mobile app. Bison 1660 and 92.7 FM will broadcast the first game live on Sunday Keith Brake on the call.
TICKETS & PARKING: All seats are generally accessible and tickets can be bought at the gate on match day. Tickets are $ 8 for adults and $ 5 for teenagers ages 3-17. Parking is available in NDSU Parking Lot, NQ, north of Tharaldson Park on 17th Avenue. Participants are strongly advised to wear masks.
THE SERIES: North Dakota State is 39:27 ahead of the all-time series. Omaha dates back to 1978. NDSU won four straight wins, including three games, in Fargo on April 26-27, 2019. The bison won the series opener 8-1 ahead of a pair of five-inning shutouts, 11-0 and 15-0. Omaha hasn’t beaten NDSU at Fargo since a 5-0 win on May 11, 2001 in NCAA Division II North Central Regional, but the Mavs are 3-5 in Summit League tournament games played in Fargo.
ABOUT OMAHA: The Mavericks are 10-23 after Wednesday’s 3-2 home win over Creighton in 10 innings. Omaha is 4-8 in the Summit League after splitting a four-game home series against Western Illinois last weekend. Izzy Pot leads the Mavs with a batting average of 0.351, Emily Klosterman enters the series with nine hits and has six doubles and 14 runs at team level. Klosterman and Lynsey Tucker (.277) each have eight stolen bases and Tucker leads the Mavs with 16 runs. Kamryn Meyer leads the Omaha pitching team with 78.0 innings and 114 strikeouts in 20 appearances with a 4-8 record. Head coach Amanda Eberhart has a 26-78 record in her third year with Omaha. She was the head coach at IUPUI for four seasons with a record 95-108, including a Summit League appearance against NDSU in 2016, before serving as an assistant at Purdue for two years.
LAST WEEK: North Dakota State had two of its three scheduled home games outside of the conference, with Iowa State canceled last weekend during a farewell to the Summit League schedule. Friday’s game was canceled, the Cyclones defeated NDSU 10-4 on Saturday, and Sunday’s game was set 3-3 at the bottom of the second inning before snow and cold temperatures set in. Sam Koehn hit a double with two runs and Avery Wysong blew up a homer with two runs for the bison on Saturday.
SORIANO HITTING STREAK: OF Stephanie Soriano The weekend starts with a series of 13 goals and takes second place in the Summit League with a batting average of 0.398, 90 points more than her previous career best of 0.308 as a junior in 2019. Soriano has reached the base in 18 competitions in a row and hit 31 hits over that time to increase her batting average from 0.216 to 0.398 when she entered the Jayhawk Invitational on March 19. She played nine multi-hit games in the first three weekends of league play and had four career highs, twice against Kansas and western Illinois.
BISON BATS HEAT UP IN LEAGUE PLAY: North Dakota State is runner-up in the Summit League averaging 0.340 in league play in 12 games. NDSU has the two best players in the league game in OF Stephanie Soriano (.548) and OF Madyson Camacho (.481) during OF Emilee Buringa (.440) is sixth and INF Montana DeCamp (.439) is in eighth place in the batting average. Soriano has the best 23 hits in the league and DeCamp is at the top of the league with five double and four sack bunts.
STATISTICAL GUIDES: In the total statistics OF Stephanie Soriano leads the bison with a batting average of 0.398, 39 hits, eight doubles and is associated with INF Montana DeCamp for the team leadership with 15 runs achieved. OF Madyson Camacho hits team height with seven stolen bases .352. C. Avery Wysong (.275) has a team best .550 slugging percentage and five home runs. RHP Paige Vargas leads the bison pitching team with seven wins, nine full games in 13 starts, 70.1 innings and 48 strikeouts.