SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Dakota State University softball team returned back to action Friday in the two-day Morningside (Iowa) Softball Tournament at the SYA Sports Complex. The Trojans dropped a pair of games to Concordia (Neb.) 3-1 and Morningside (Iowa) 8-0 in six innings.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 8-8.
Concordia (Neb.) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 - BOX SCORE
After two scoreless innings, the Bulldogs scored twice in the top of the third inning. Natalie Svoboda and Shelby Morose started the inning with back-to-back singles. Angela Harstad hit an RBI single to give CUNE a 1-0 lead. Danielle Harstad added an RBI fielder's choice to extend their lead to 2-0.
Danielle Harstad hit a solo home run to expand Concordia's lead to 3-0 in the top sixth frame.
With one out in the bottom seventh inning, Dakota State hit two straight singles by Brittany Hill and Elizabeth Rubalcava. Bretton Lien hit an RBI two-out single to score Hill to trim their deficit to 3-1. The Trojans were unable to convert their scoring opportunity as they left two runners on base when game ended.
Rubalcava was 2-for-3 at the plate for DSU. She had a double and a single. Lien had a double and produced an RBI. Hill and Audrey Lorenz each added a single.
Danielle Harstad recorded a home run and two RBIs for the Bulldogs. Angela Harstad added a single and an RBI. Amber Topil, Svoboda and Morose each added a hit.
DSU left four runners on base. Concordia had three runners left on base.
Katie Silbowski (4-3) suffered the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State, despite tossing a complete game. She allowed three runs on five hits. Silbowski struck out six CUNE's batters.
Amanda Beeson (3-5) pitched a complete game win for the Bulldogs. She gave up one run on five hits. Beeson recorded 12 strikeouts.
Morningside (Iowa) 8, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 (6 innings)
The Mustangs earned the first lead of the game in the opening inning. Kirsten Dargy led off the inning with a single and advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt by Kendall Hendrix coupled with a throwing error by DSU. Dargy came home on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Johnson.
Morningside added two runs in the bottom third frame to extend their lead to 3-0. The Mustangs scored three times in the bottom fourth inning to make it 6-0.
MC used RBI singles by MacKenzie Neely and Kati Steffen to end the game by the eight-run rule in the bottom sixth inning.
Renaye Gamson, Silbowski, Rubalcava, Samantha Deen and Lexy Miller all produced a single for Dakota State. Miller swiped one base.
Johnson recorded a double and three RBIs for the Mustangs. Hendrix had two hits and two stolen bases. Neely added two hits and two RBIs. Taylor Daas recorded two singles.
DSU left five runners on base compared to MC six runners left on base.
Deen (2-3) took the pitching loss for the Trojans. She worked for five innings and allowed eight runs (four unearned) on 10 hits.
Johnson (4-3) recorded the victory for the Mustangs. She pitched six innings and limited the Trojans to five hits.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Saturday afternoon in the second day of the Morningside Softball Tournament. The Trojans face Valley City State (N.D.) at 3 p.m. and conclude the tournament versus Bellevue (Neb.) at 5 p.m. Both games will be at the SYA Sports Complex in Sioux City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director