FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- The top-seeded Bison of North Dakota State advanced to the Summit League softball tournament semifinals with a 6-3 victory over No. 4 South Dakota State on Thursday before 311 fans at Tharaldson Park.
NDSU (39-13) took control of the contest in the first inning behind the bat of sophomore Cara Beatty. With a 1-0 lead and runners on second and third, Beatty connected on a pitch that she sent deep to left center to give NDSU a quick 4-0 lead. The Bison would tack on another run in the fourth. It was Beatty's 10th home run on the season.
After South Dakota State's Mallory McQuistan and North Dakota State's Vanessa Anderson traded home runs in the fifth, SDSU (36-16) was poised to make it a game in the final frame. The Jackrabbits got a leadoff triple from senior Julia Andersen who swung at the first pitch she saw. On the very next pitch, SDSU's Ali Herdliska saw her pitch and launched the ball to dead center to cut the Bison lead in half. Those two runs would prove to be the Jackrabbits final of the game, as Leddy retired the next three batters she faced to close out the game.
South Dakota (32-24) advanced with a 5-1 win over Purdue Fort Wayne. SDSU bounced back to eliminate the Mastodons by the score of 7-6.
Pitchers of Record
Win – KK Leddy (22-7): 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 8 strikeouts, 0 walks
Loss – Kendra Conard (16-4): 4 IP, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks
• NDSU's Cara Beatty hit the first home run of the 2019 Summit League softball tournament. Cara joins her sister Bre Beatty (2015-18), with a home run in the tournament for NDSU. Bre was the 2017 tournament MVP
• NDSU's Vanessa Anderson hit her 11th home run of the season in the fifth to move into fourth all-time on the NDSU career charts
• NDSU's KK Leddy threw 4.2 perfect innings before giving up a home run to Mallory McQuistan
• The Bison stole three bases in the contest
• SDSU's Taylor Compton entered the game in the sixth, allowing just one hit and giving up just one run
• All three of South Dakota State's hits were for extra bases.