BROOKINGS, S.D. - On a windy day at the Jackrabbit Softball Stadium, the Dakota State softball team suffered a tough loss to South Dakota State, 4-3. It was the final regular season game for the Trojans before entering this weekend's DAC Postseason Tournament.
Dakota State's (17-26) offense got it going quickly in the first inning. The Trojans scored the first three runs of the game. Ashley Stevenson hit a RBI single to score the first run of the game. Jamie Becker added a 2-RBI single to give a Trojans 3-0 early lead.
South Dakota State, a member of NCAA Division I, would cut the deficit to 3-1 by Brooke Postma's RBI single to score her twin sister Brittany Postma in the first inning.
After three shutout innings, the Jackrabbits would rally and tie the game at three in the fifth inning.
In the bottom seventh inning with two outs, Ashley Durazo got on base and advanced to second caused by Trojan shortstop Sylvia Leon's wild throw error. The next batter, Kelsey Lunn, hit the game winning single to complete a comeback over the Trojans.
Laura Shanafelt went 2-for-4 with a double for the Trojans. Ashley Stevenson had a single and RBI. Leon, Ashley Stevenson, Leigh Gramke, Amanda Stevenson and Becker each had a single.
Ashley Souphimdara recorded her 27th stolen base of the season, which is a new Trojan Softball single season record. Ashley Stevenson and Gramke each swiped base once.
For South Dakota State (10-38), Brooke Postma went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Dani Broshar had a double. Brittany Postma, Lunn and Chelsey Lunn added a single for the Jackrabbits.
The Trojans left ten runners on bases to the Jackrabbits' seven.
Dakota Novotny pitched an impressive performance for Dakota State (17-26). She tossed 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs (one unearned) on five hits. Kendra Roth (10-15) took the loss in relief for the Trojans. She pitched two innings and gave up the unearned run on one hit.
Evans started for the Jackrabbits and went two innings. She gave up three runs on five hits. She allowed four bases on balls. Jenna Marston (5-21) shut down the Trojans in relief. She limited the Trojans to two hits in five innings. Marston struck out six batters.
Dakota State will open the DAC Softball Postseason Tournament on Saturday in Dickinson, N.D. The Trojans, fourth seed, will face fifth seed Black Hills State at 10 a.m. (Mountain Time). The tournament will conclude on Sunday.
Box Score vs. South Dakota State
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
Edited by Ariy-El Boynton, Madison Daily Leader Sports Editor