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SOFTBALL: 'Jackets split in Twin Ports tussle

The battle for Twin Ports college softball bragging rights ended in a draw Wednesday afternoon at Duluth's Kenwood Avenue Field as the three local schools -- the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the University of Minnesota Duluth and the College...

The battle for Twin Ports college softball bragging rights ended in a draw Wednesday afternoon at Duluth's Kenwood Avenue Field as the three local schools -- the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the University of Minnesota Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica -- all finished round-robin play with identical 1-1 records.

UWS defeated UMD 11-2 and lost to St. Scholastica 5-3, while in the third game of the day, UMD defeated St. Scholastica 13-8.

UWS sophomore Jen Reid (6-5) struck out 11 batters as she allowed two runs on five hits in the Yellowjackets' win over the Saints.

The Yellowjackets (12-12) broke a scoreless tie in the third as they scored on an error by the Bulldogs' left fielder that allowed two runs to score.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 2-2 on Ellen Colby's two-run home run over the center field fence. The first-inning blast was her ninth of the year (which is just one shy of the Bulldog single-season record) and eighth round tripper in the past 12 outings.

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Sophomore Jodi Redlich led off the fourth inning for the 'Jackets with a home run to center. UWS scored another run in the inning to take a 4-2 lead.

Senior Jamie Lovstad hit a two-run home run with two outs in the fifth inning to extend the UWS lead to 6-2.

The 'Jackets also scored five more runs on four hits and two errors in the sixth as they went on to win 11-2 in six innings.

Sophomore Becky Crane batted a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Parchem and Lovstad each batted 2-for-4 in the game as well.

St. Scholastica jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning after UWS committed a costly error with two outs that extended the inning.

The Saints added another run two innings later compliments of four walks.

The Yellowjackets finally got on the board in the fifth inning after a pair of back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning. Redlich scored the 'Jackets first run compliments of a wild pitch. They scored the second run of the game thanks to an RBI ground out by freshman Melissa Kunzelman.

CSS added another run in the fifth and the 'Jackets added one of their own in the sixth as the Saints took the game, 5-3.

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Nicole Tessier took the loss for UWS after giving up four runs on four hits and five walks over five innings.

UWS is back in action today, hosting UW-Stout in a doubleheader at Liebaert Field beginning at 3 p.m.

The Bulldogs, who have won eight of their last 11 games, will take their 18-15 overall record into Friday's North Central Conference doubleheader with Augustana College at Junction Avenue Field.

The opening pitch is scheduled for noon.

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