The Dakota State University softball team completed their competition in the Snowbird Tournament during their spring training trip last week. The tournament was held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Trojans competed against schools from the NCAA and came out back to South Dakota with an overall record of 9-2. DSU shattered individuals and team records during the tournament, including most home runs, doubles, RBIs, walks and runs in a game.
Dakota State only suffered two setbacks during the tournament, losing to King's (Penn.) and Eastern (Penn.). The Trojans defeated Eastern, Penn State-Harrisburg, Bluefield (Va.), Randolph (Va.), Southern Vermont, Penn College, SUNY-IT and North Carolina Wesleyan twice.
During the 11-game stretch in the tournament, Dakota State outscored their opponents 118-32. The Trojans batted an average of .450 during the tournament. As a team, DSU amassed 153 hits, 40 doubles and 13 home runs. The Trojans were 37-of-42 in stolen base attempts.
Dakota State recorded a 1.80 pitching ERA in 11 games. Jessica Shaw currently holds a 5-1 pitching record, while Alisa Balesteri holds a 3-1 record. Brittany Tebbe also recorded her first collegiate victory on the trip, defeating Southern Vermont.
Natasha Fritz tied a DSU school record for most at-bats in a single game with six versus Southern Vermont. In the same game, she broke a new school record for most hits in a single game with six.
In the second game with North Carolina Wesleyan on March 12, Emily Kulp set two new DSU school records for most home runs and RBIs in a single game. She recorded three home runs and eight RBIs in the game.
Dakota State broke five new team school records during the tournament. The Trojans recorded nine stolen bases in DSU's 10-0 season opener victory against Eastern. In Trojans' 27-3 win over Southern Vermont on March 9, Dakota State recorded 14 walks, 27 runs and 27 RBIs (which all are new DSU team records).
The Trojans had 11 doubles (new Dakota State team record) in an 18-0 win over Penn College on March 9.
DSU will return back to action on March 22, as the Trojans visit Dakota Wesleyan in a non-conference doubleheader in Mitchell, S.D. First game is slated to start at 5 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director