Orange City, Iowa — Samantha Ubben pitched a complete-game, six-hitter and both Erika McKenney and Emily Strasser hit home runs in leading Northwestern to a 4-2 win against Dordt in game one of a GPAC doubleheader played today in Orange City. Northwestern dropped the nightcap 2-0 and is now 5-3 in the GPAC, 18-8 overall.

Ubben struck out three and walked two and pitched her seventh complete game while improving her record to 6-5 this season. She held Dordt scoreless for the first five innings until the Defenders broke through with a pair of runs in the sixth, both scored with two outs. Ubben, however, struck out pinch hitter Sophia Caldwell with the tying run at third to end the sixth.

Erika McKenney put Northwestern in front 2-0 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning after Jennifer Boeve reached base on a walk. The Raiders made it 3-0 in the bottom of the second when Emily Strasser drove the first pitch over the left field fence, her fourth home run of the season.

Dordt scored its runs with a pair of two-out RBI singles from Hailey Heeringa and Erin Bredemus. Northwestern picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Taylor De Jong, scoring courtesy runner Lily Anderson from third.

Six Raiders registered one hit each; McKenney, Strasser, De Jong, Emily Bosch, Kameryn Etherington and Madysn Grotewold.

Dordt’s Abby Kraemer (7-6) picked up the loss, giving up three earned runs in six innings.

Dordt took game two with a 2-0 win over Northwestern.

Dordt scored both runs in the third inning when Chandler Schemper led off with a single and Brooklyn Van Oort followed with a two-run home run.

Rachel Evavold (6-4) earned the complete-game win for the Defenders, walking three, giving up 5 hits, and striking out five.

Etherington (12-3) limited the Defenders to four hits while striking out six in the full seven innings. The freshman retired the final 10 batters she faced.

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