Jamestown and Dakota State even the 4-games series with a split at Madison's Thue Softball Complex on Monday. On Sunday both teams went 1-1.
The Jimmies won the first game on Monday, 12-7. Dakota State would use a fast start to defeat Jamestown in the second game, 11-3 in the six-inning via a mercy rule. The Trojans remain second in the DAC conference standing with a higher winning percentage, while the Jimmies are third after the second game loss. Dakota State improved to 17-19 overall, 7-5 in the DAC. Jamestown is 21-16 overall and 9-7 in the DAC.
Both teams scored once in the second and three times in the third inning.
The Jimmies broke up the 4-4 tie in the fifth inning with a seven-run tally. The Trojans scored twice in fifth and once in the sixth inning, but could not get any closer. Jamestown added a run in the seventh inning to complete the game's final score, 12-7.
The Jimmies outhit the Trojans, 14-9.
Three Trojans players hit a double in the game. Laura Shanafelt, Sylvia Leon and Amanda Stevenson each nailed a 2-bagger. Leigh Gramke went 2-for-3 with in the game. She also had two RBIs and scored twice. Leon was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Ashley Souphimdara, Leon, Ashley Stevenson, and Jayna Ackerman each added a single for the Trojans.
Jamestown Jessica Dupont, Heather Haegele and Kimberly Smith each had a triple. Kayla Price, Sarah Heinemann and Dupont went 2-for-3 behind the plate and scored two runs. Smith was 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Heinemann homered for the Jimmies.
Kendra Roth (10-10) took the loss for the Trojans. She tossed a complete game and allowed 12 runs on 14 hits.
Heinemann (2-2) recorded the win for Jamestown. She pitched four innings. She gave up four runs on five hits. Jessica Lees came in relief in the last three innings of the ball game. Lees gave up three runs (one unearned) on four hits. She struck out three batters.
The Trojans opened the game with a fast 6-0 lead in the first inning highlighted by Ackerman's 3-run home run.
Dakota State would extend their lead to 7-0 in the bottom fourth inning caused by Jimmie's short stop Amy Shadigner's error.
Trojan Dakota Novotny held the Jimmies scoreless until the sixth inning. Jamestown was able to scored three runs off Novotny in her last inning she pitched.
The Trojans would answer Jamestown's run in the bottom of the inning with four runs to end the game in an 8-run mercy rule.
Dakota State outhit Jamestown 11-6 in the game. The Trojans took advantage of Jimmies' four errors.
Becker and Ackerman each went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored each. Leon and Becker each had a double. Souphimdara had three singles and swiped two bases.
Ashley Stevenson, Gramke and Amanda Stevenson each had a single for the Trojans.
For Jamestown, Smith had a triple and a RBI. Heinemann had two singles, a run scored and a RBI. Haegele, Kayla Price, Smith and Shadinger each had a single for the Jimmies.
Novotny (7-9) notched the win for the Trojans. She pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits. Roth came in relief and shut the Jimmies.
Cassie Hite (5-4) took the loss. She started in 2/3 innings and allowed six runs (one unearned) on three hits. Jessica Lees came in and pitched 4 1/3 innings. Lees gave up five runs (two unearned) on seven hits. She struck out two batters. Heinemann finished the game in 1/3 inning and allowed a hit.
Dakota State will conclude their 15-game home stand on Thursday night. The Trojans will host Dordt College in a non-conference doubleheader at the Thue Softball Complex. The first pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
Edited by Ariy-El Boynton, Madison Daily Leader Sports Editor