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North Dakota State Athletics | April 18, 2015

Menke's day

North Dakota State 4-18 Menke became the third North Dakota State pitcher to register 300 career strikeouts.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Krista Menke recorded a perfect game in a pair of shutout performances and the offense rolled up 28 runs as North Dakota State defeated Fort Wayne 18-0 and 10-0 in a Summit League doubleheader on Saturday at the IPFW Softball Field.

Menke struck out 12 of 15 batters to notch her first career perfect game, her third no-hitter of the season and fourth-career no-hitter. She threw 49 strikes out of 65 pitches in the opener. Menke struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings. She recorded the eighth perfect game in program history and first since Amber Garrett turned in a seven-inning gem against Drake on February 26, 2006.

Menke (25-2) continued on the mound in Game 2 for NDSU and with the same results. She allowed just an Emily Olszewski leadoff double in the top of the fourth inning. Including the last inning against South Dakota State (4-12-15), Menke retired 20 consecutive batters and didn't allow a hit for 8.2 innings. She has allowed only three hits in the past 23 innings pitched.

With three shutouts in a row, Menke has 10 shutouts this season and 30 in her career. Game 2 was her fourth one-hitter this spring and the eighth of her career. Menke struck out 14 and issued no walks in the second game. She has 20 double-figure strikeout games this season and 27 in her career. Menke became the third NDSU pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts in a season, now with 301.

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