UMD softball sits 1st in NSIC, pitcher Lauren Dixon key piece to success

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The University of Minnesota Duluth softball team is just 10 games out from the end of the regular season. They are having solid success sitting 29-and-8 as a team and part of that winning recipe comes from the bullpen with Lauren Dixon, a three-peat NSIC pitcher of the week.

Dixon shares what it means to receive these accolades while playing in the NSIC conference. “In the last few years, I’ve always been competing with those other great pitchers in the conference who have gotten those great awards in the past like Liz Pautz and Mackenzie Ward. They’ve always been amazing, so it feels really rewarding to finally be that pitcher and be like, hey I grew up behind those pitchers and reaching that point to the people I looked up to the last couple of years.”

Boasting an impressive 15-and-3 conference record, UMD currently sits tied for first place in the NSIC with Augustana.

“We actually don’t take any game for granted, it really doesn’t matter who we’re playing. We know that we have a tough conference, so it doesn’t matter the name on the jersey of the opponent. We’ve talked about this probably last week, that every game from here on out is a playoff game. So, we’re going in hungry and playing our game,” said Head Coach Lynn Anderson.

The team will look to continue improving their record when they hit the diamond and mound in a doubleheader against the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota on Sunday. The first game is set for 2 p.m, followed by the second one at 4. p.m.