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Forum staff reports, Published May 10 2014

NDSU defeats IUPUI, advances to Summit League softball title game

FARGO – North Dakota State defeated Indiana University Purdue University 6-0 during an elimination game of the Summit League softball tournament on Saturday at Ellig Sports Complex.

With the win, NDSU advances to the championship game and plays Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne at 2:30 p.m. today.

The Bison have to defeat Fort Wayne twice to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Junior pitcher Krista Menke struck out nine batters in a complete-game, two-hit shutout.

Sophomore left fielder Martiza Lopez-Portillo connected for a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

NDSU defeated Western Illinois 9-1 in an elimination game earlier Saturday.

NDSU 004 020 0 – 6 6 0

IUPUI 000 000 0 – 0 2 0

Menke and Ortga. Oppenhuis, Escamilla (5), Thomas (7) and Dillon. W–Menke. L–Oppenhuis. HR–Lopez-Portillo.