The Minnesota Duluth softball team dropped a pair of one-run games on Friday in Emporia, Kansas.
The Bulldogs lost to Emporia State 7-6 on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning in their second game of the day. UMD dropped a 2-1 decision to Northwest Missouri State earlier Friday.
The Bulldogs (2-6) play Missouri Western at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, then take on Washburn at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Both games are in Topeka, Kansas.
In the second game, visiting UMD led 6-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but Emporia scored three runs to tie, then Cassidy Beem drove home Brittanie Shepherd, who started the extra inning on second base, with a sacrifice fly to right field.
UMD’s Lauren Oberle had a home run among her two hits and Lauren Greeder was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. Taylor Koehnen had three hits and an RBI.
In UMD’s first game, Northwest Missouri State hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning and winning pitcher Rachel Smith allowed just an unearned run on one hit and struck out 13.
NWMS’ Sydne Brashear hit a one-out solo home run to right field and Kaitlyn Weis followed and cracked a solo home run to center.
UMD got on the board in the sixth inning when Jessica Bren reached on an error, moved up on a wild pitch, took third on a ground out and scored on Jayme Langbehn’s single to center.
UMD pitcher Breanna Swint took the loss despite allowing the two runs on seven hits. She walked one and struck out three.