MADISON, S.D. - The Trojan softball team played the final two games of the four-game series with Valley City State at the Thue Softball Complex Saturday. The Vikings won the first game 5-1. Dakota State exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second inning and held on to win 9-8 in the second game. The Trojans gained a split in the four-game series with Valley City State over the weekend.
The Trojans' overall record currently stands at 5-12 and 2-6 in the DAC. Valley City State is 16-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Adrianna Boychuk hit an RBI double to score Paige Smith for Valley City State's first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Amanda Carter added a two-RBI triple to score Cyndi Figol and Lacey Hauser to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead.
VCSU's Hilary Kulczewski and Boychuk hit a double in the top of the fourth inning. The Vikings added two more runs to extend their lead to 5-0.
Amanda Stevenson hit an RBI double to score Ashley Souphimdara in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the Trojans' scoring drought. It was not enough, as the Trojans fell to the Vikings.
Ashley Stevenson went 3-for-4 for Dakota State. Kelsie Peterson, Danielle Vitale and Brittany Haiar each added a single. Souphimdara and Haiar each recorded a stolen base.
Kulczewski had two doubles for Valley City State. Boychuk went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Ashton Lansink (2-7) suffered the loss for the Trojans. She tossed a complete game and allowed five runs on 11 hits.
Krystal Hathaway won her eighth straight decision for VCSU. She pitched a complete game and gave up an unearned run on seven hits. She struck out 11 batters.
DSU left 10 runners on base. Valley City State had five runners left on base.
After a scoreless first inning, VCSU scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning. Carter hit a solo home run to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.
Dakota State's offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Trojans had six hits, highlighted by Ashley Stevenson's 2-RBI double for the Trojans' 6-1 lead.
Boychuk and Figol hit back-to-back doubles for VCSU in the top of the third inning to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Peterson hit a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the third inning to extend the Trojans' lead to 8-4.
The Vikings added two runs caused by Trojans' defensive error in the top of the fourth inning. The Vikings reduced their deficit to 8-6.
Jane Pettit hit an RBI single to score Smith to bring the deficit to one run for VCSU in the top of the sixth inning.
Trojan Ashley Stevenson opened with a double in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jessica McLane hit a RBI single to score Ashley Stevenson for the Trojans' 9-7 lead.
With bases loaded with no outs situation for the Vikings in the top of the seventh inning, pinch hitter Liz Hall hit a RBI sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 9-8. Dakota State's defense held on and recorded the final two outs of the game to secure the victory.
Ashley Stevenson went perfect behind the plate for the Trojans. She went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. McLane went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Souphimdara and Peterson each had two singles. Vitale had a double. Peterson, Vitale and Amanda Stevenson each had two RBIs.
For Valley City State, Boychuk went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Figol had a double, a single and recorded three RBIs.
Maddie Willers (3-5) recorded the victory for the Trojans. She tossed 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs (two unearned) on eight hits. Lansink notched her second save of the season. She tossed 3 1/3 innings in relief. Lansink allowed two runs on six hits.
The Trojans handed Hathaway her first pitching loss of the season in nine appearances. She pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed six runs on six hits. Stephanie O'Dell tossed 2 2/3 innings in relief and allowed two runs on five hits. Smith closed the game for VCSU in 1 2/3 innings. SHe allowed one run on three hits.
Dakota State will return to action on Thursday against Dakota Wesleyan. The doubleheader will be held at the Caldwell Park, starting at 4 p.m. in Mitchell, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director