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Bulldogs report: UMD baseball gets offensive in sweep of Missouri-St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS — Minnesota Duluth rallied to win the opener 13-12 and then cruised to a 15-8 in the rematch as the Bulldogs swept a nonconference seven-inning baseball doubleheader Saturday against Missouri-St. Louis.

Alex Wattermann had a home run, double, two walks and four RBIs and UMD scored seven runs over the final two innings to take Game 1. Tyler Gustafson and Cloquet’s Tim Pokornowski each added two hits and two walks, with Gustafson having two runs and two RBIs and Pokornowski having three runs and an RBI.

Ben Reilley pitched a hitless sixth inning to get the win while Wattermann closed out the seventh to earn the save.

Wattermann turned in another strong performance in Game 2, with two hits, two runs, a walk and three RBIs while Tosten Mann added three hits, two runs, a walk and RBI for the Bulldogs (3-1). Clayton Stephens and Ben Beier hit home runs to lead the Tritons (1-6).

The same teams play again at noon Sunday, March 6.

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Pokornowski and Wattermann lead UMD in the early going, batting .500 and .462, respectively.

SOFTBALL

Bulldogs start Florida trip strong

Emma Frost hit a two-run home run and Mady Stariha of Superior earned the pitching win with five innings of hitless relief as Minnesota Duluth downed Northwood 6-2 Saturday, March 5, in Kissimmee, Florida.

UMD scored all six of its runs in the seventh inning on three hits, an error and a walk.

Kiana Bender of Cloquet added two hits for the Bulldogs (12-1) while Delanie Grundman and Madelin Skene hit doubles for the Timberwolves (5-3).

UMD defeated Central Missouri 9-6 in the nightcap, but further information for that game was not available as of Saturday night.

UMD began its Florida spring trip Friday with a 3-0 victory over Pittsburg State and a 3-2 victory over Assumption College as Lauren Dixon tossed a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts in the opener and Sam Pederson got the win and Christin Hartman the save in the second game.

Makenna Burslie had two hits and a run against Pittsburg State while Jordyn Thomas of Hermantown knocked in Dea Deleon of Esko with the winning run in the bottom of the fifth against Assumption.

UMD continues play in Florida Sunday, March 6, with a 1:30 p.m. matchup against Southern New Hampshire University followed by a 6 p.m. matchup against Lake Erie College.

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