GRAND FORKS, N.D. — South Dakota State softball dropped a 7-1 affair Sunday in its series finale at North Dakota to move to 32-14 on the season and 9-6 in Summit League action.
Kendra Conard (13-3) took the loss in her 17th start of the year. Taylor Compton, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma Hardin made appearances in the circle for SDSU.
Julia Andersen, Megan Rushing (RBI) and Baily Janssen had hits for the Jackrabbits, while Peyton Daugherty drew two walks and scored State's lone run.
Daugherty walked, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch to give the Jacks a scoring threat in the top of the first, and with one out (and after a Herdliska walk) Rushing sent a ball to right for a sacrifice fly, giving the Jackrabbits a 1-0 lead.
UND tied in the bottom of the inning, however, and after adding three more runs in the second, went up 5-1 in the third on a solo shot. The Fighting Hawks hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth as well, pushing their advantage to six.
State looked for a rally with runners in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings, but were held off the board the rest of the afternoon as they dropped the series, 2-1.
South Dakota State returns home next weekend for a three-game slate against South Dakota. The Jackrabbits are two games back of the Coyotes for second in the Summit League standings.