Softball - Fri, Apr. 24, 2009

April 24, 2009

In Trojans final home doubleheader of the 2009 season, Dordt held to win both games despite a pair of Dakota State's rallies in both contests.  Both games ending up in one-run games, 5-4 and 9-8.  The losses dropped Dakota State to 17-21 overall, while Dordt raised their overall record to 19-21.

Game One

The Lady Defenders used their hot hitting in the first two innings as they grab a 4-0 early lead.  Dordt added a run in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 5-0.

The Trojans started their rally in the fourth inning.  Ashley Stevenson's RBI single, Leigh Gramke's RBI triple, and Jamie Becker RBI's single cut Dordt's lead to 5-3.

Dakota State added a run from Ashley Stevenson in the sixth inning caused by a wild pitch.  Dordt still held a precious one run lead.

The Trojans could not complete their comeback in the final inning of the game.  Dakota State left two runners on base and could not score.

Ashley Stevenson led the Trojans' offense, going 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI.  Sylvia Leon and Jamie Becker each had a single.  Ashley Souphimdara had two walks and a run scored.

Kristin Santana, Amber Soodsma and Sarah Seymour each went 2-for-4 for the Lady Defenders.  Seyour and Dorinda Hibma had a double.  Jaclyn Ver Mulm and Amanda Nikkel each hit a single for Dordt.

Dakota Novotny (7-10) took the loss for the Trojans.  She tossed a complete game.  Novotny allowed five runs (one unearned) on nine hits.  She struck out six.

Sarah Visser (7-12) pitched a complete game victory for Dordt.  She struck out 11 batters and gave up four runs (one unearned).

Dordt stole six bases, while DSU had none.

Game Two

In the third inning, Dordt scored after Seymour's RBI double to score Becca Hengeveld.

Dakota State would answer with two runs in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead.

The Lady Defenders used a huge six-run fourth inning to overtake a 7-2 lead.

As the Trojans scored two runs in the bottom sixth inning, Dordt would answer back with two runs in the top seventh inning and took a 9-4 lead.

Dakota State used a large rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh inning, but fell short.  The Trojans took advantage of their hot bats and Dordt's miscues to score four runs.  With runners on third and first base with two outs, the Lady Defenders pitcher Amber Soodsma finished the game with a ground out.

The Trojans outhit the Lady Defenders, 15-7.

Gramke and Leslie Neiman each went 3-for-4 to lead Trojans' offense attack.  Leon, Ashley Stevenson, Becker and Jayna Ackerman went 2-for-4.  Becker and Ackerman each had a double.  Ashley Stevenson hit a triple.  Neiman had three RBIs for the Trojans.

For Dordt, Megan Huizenga went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI.  Seymour was 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a walk.

Soodma swiped two bases for the Lady Defenders.  Kaitlyn Lockhorst and Hengeveld each stole base once.

Kendra Roth (10-11) suffered the loss for Dakota State.  She pitched a complete game and allowed nine runs (five unearned) on seven hits.  Roth struck out eight batters.

Nikkel (3-3) notched the victory for the Lady Defenders.  Nikkel tossed 5 2/3 innings.  She gave up four runs (two unearned) on 10 hits.  Visser came in relief for one inning.  She allowed four runs (one unearned) on five hits.  Soodsma would record her second save of the season as she prevented the Trojans' to score the tying/winning run.

Dakota State will return to DAC Conference play this weekend.  The Trojans will travel to Minot, N.D. to take on a four-game DAC weekend series with Minot State.  Dakota State will conclude their season Thursday as they visit NCAA Division I South Dakota State University in a single game at 4 p.m.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
Edited by Ariy-El Boynton, Madison Daily Leader Sports Editor

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