NDSU Softball prepares for first place battle

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- North Dakota State Softball hits the road this weekend in a battle of first place teams in The Summit League, and the Bison will do so for coming off a loss for the first time in 20 games. But, the loss might be a good thing.

Bison head coach Darren Mueller said during the team’s 20 game winning streak he was superstitious enough to not make changes to the lineup.

Now with the streak over, Mueller says there are things he’s not afraid to tinker with.

“We’re not panicking or anything like that, but maybe just a couple little things that maybe some individuals probably weren’t doing as well consistently through, even though we were winning games,” Mueller said.

Among those are fundamental work and maybe taking a new approach with a couple of individuals. Because after all when you don’t get the result you want, it’s easier to look at what needs to improve, as Senior pitcher KK Leddy explains.

"After a loss you can see and Darren tried to tell us, but like, you get to see what you need to work on," Leddy said. "There’s still things, yeah, we might have won all these games, but there are still things that we might struggle at or still things that we need to work on even, pitching, hitting, defense, everything."

As the Bison get set to take their final road trip of the season to South Dakota, it’ll be a match up of the top two teams in the Summit League.
But Mueller is stressing to his players that past success does not lead to future success and staying in the moment is crucial.

“We constantly talk about that and that’s really where the whole, one game at a time, one pitch at a time, in our program comes from because I don’t want our team to really get ahead of themselves,” Mueller said.

If they do that, they might start another lengthy winning streak.