Walk-off walk by Rogers State ends UMD softball’s season in NCAA Regional tournament

A walk-off walk by No. 3 Rogers State University in the seventh inning Friday would end the No. 7 University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) softball team’s season as they fell 4-3 in their second game of the NCAA Central Regional double elimination tournament in Joplin, Missouri.

UMD took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth thanks to a Kat Burkhardt single. Rogers State scored one in the bottom of the frame then took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

The Bulldogs tied it 3-3 in the top of the seventh off a fly ball allowing Julia Gronholz to score.

However in the bottom of the seventh, with two outs and bases loaded, Rogers State would be walked winning the game 4-3.

“To be one of the final 64 is pretty special and we earned this spot here as being one of the top dogs. At some point the sadness of losing is going to wear off and just that feeling of being proud of our team is always going to stay there,” said head coach Lynn Anderson

The Bulldogs finish their season 40-13 in their program’s 10th NCAA tournament.