March 10, 2014
Photos by Scott Voigt
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Bridgewater (Va.) handed Dakota State (S.D.) its' first loss of the season Monday morning on the second day of the Snowbird Invitational at Grand Park. The Eagles put together total of six runs in the fifth and sixth innings to break up a 2-2 tie for an 8-2 victory. The Trojans bounced back in the winning column in the second game, defeating Delaware Valley. DSU blasted for four runs in the fifth inning to earn a 9-5 victory.
Dakota State improved their overall record to 3-1. Bridgewater is 3-2 record after the victory over the Trojans. Delaware Valley dropped to 0-2 record.
Bridgewater (Va.) 8, Dakota State (S.D.) 2 - FINAL
The Eagles scored its first run of the game in the bottom first inning caused by DSU's defensive error, earning a 1-0 lead.
The Trojans answered back in the top second frame to tie the game at 1-1. Samantha Mitchell started the inning with a walk for DSU. She swiped to second base. Morgan Jaime hit a ground out and advanced Mitchell to third base. Shai-Lee Hill recorded an RBI sacrifice bunt squeeze to score Mitchell to knot the game.
Dakota State earned their first lead of the game in the top third inning. Stephanie Sandoval hit a single with two outs. Elizabeth Rubalcava added a single and advanced Sandoval to third base. Brittany Hill recorded an RBI single to score Sandoval as the Trojans gain a 2-1 lead.
Bridgewater tied the game for the second time in the bottom third at 2-2, thanks to Brea Hinegardner's RBI triple with two outs.
The Eagles scored four times in the fifth inning to grab a 6-2 lead. Elizabeth Keech hit a 2-RBI double to make it 4-2 in favor of Bridgewater. BC added two more runs caused by DSU's defensive miscue for a 6-2 lead.
The Trojans were unable to score in the final inning as they left one runner on base.
Ellie Kristensen and Mitchell each swiped one base for the Trojans.
Hinegardner was 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple, two singles and produced 3 RBIs for the Eagles. Keech added a double and 2 RBIs. Jen Balcom had a hit and recorded 2 RBIs. Kasey Anderson, Lauren Jenkins, Samantha Fridley, Haley Harris, Brianna Cox and Karie Burgess each had a hit.
Anderson recorded two stolen bases for Bridgewater. Jenkins had a stolen base.
Shai-Lee Hill started the game on the pitching mound for DSU. She worked the first three innings and gave up two runs on six hits. Rachel Hughes (1-1) recorded the loss in relief. She allowed four runs (one unearned) on five hits.
Cox tossed four innings for the Eagles. She gave up two runs on five hits. Jenkins (1-1) picked up the victory in relief. She limited DSU to one hit in three scoreless innings.
BC left seven runners on base. Dakota State had six runners left on base.
The Eagles outhit the Trojans 11-6 in the game.
Dakota State (S.D.) 9, Delaware Valley 5 - FINAL
The Trojans bounced back in the winning column in the second game of the day after scoring four runs in the bottom fifth inning to break up a 5-5 tie for a 9-5 victory.
Delaware Valley jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening inning. Torue Stachura, Jackie Wear and Sydney Edwards hit three straight singles with one out to set up the bases loaded situation for the Rams. Loran Mihaliak hit a 2-RBI single to score Stachura and Wear to give DV a two-run lead.
Dakota State broke their scoring drought in the bottom third frame. Erica Belter hit a single with one out. She advanced to second base on a stolen base and swiped to third base. Heiser reached on base by a single. Sandoval hit an RBI double to score Belter to cut DV's lead to 2-1 (Heiser advanced to third base during the play). Rubalcava blasted a 2-RBI triple to score Heiser and Sandvoal as the Trojans earned their first lead of the game at 3-2.
The Trojans made it 4-2 in the bottom third inning after Brittany Hill recorded an RBI sacrifice fly to score Rubalcava.
DSU's lead grew to 5-2 in the bottom fourth. Lexy Miller hit a single with two outs. She swiped for second base. Belter hit a single to advance Miller to third base. Belter advanced to second base on a stolen base. Heiser hit an RBI single to score Miller to give a Trojans a three-run lead.
The Rams responded back with three runs in the top fifth inning to tie the game at 5-5. All three runs scored was caused by DSU's defensive error.
Dakota State's offense exploded for four runs in the bottom fifth inning to regain their lead. Brittany Hill opened the inning with a triple. Mitchell hit an RBI single to score Brittany Hill to earn a 6-5 lead. Mitchell swiped to second base. After Jaime reached on base by DV's defensive miscue, Belter hit an RBI single to score Mitchell to extend DSU's lead to 7-5.
Heiser added a 2-RBI triple to score Jaime and Belter as Dakota State's lead expanded to 9-5 in the bottom fifth frame.
The Trojans sealed the game as Delaware Valley went three-and-out in the top seventh inning.
Belter was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and recorded an RBI for Dakota State.
Heiser went 3-for-4 at the plate for DSU. She had a triple, two singles and produced three RBIs. Rubalcava and Brittany Hill each had a double. Rubalcava had two RBIs. Sandoval had a double and an RBI. Mitchell recorded two singles and an RBI.
Stachura and Wear each had two singles for the Rams. Mihaliak had a single and recorded two RBIs. Edwards had a hit.
Kristensen (1-0) tossed a complete game for the Trojans. She allowed three runs (two unearned) on five hits. She struck out five DV's batters.
Whitney Stacey (0-1) suffered the loss for Delaware Valley. She gave up nine runs (three unearned) on 12 hits. She recorded five strikeouts.
DSU outhit DV 12-6 in the game.
The Trojans had eight stolen bases, led by Belter with three stolen bases. Mitchell swiped two bases. Lynnie Angle, Sandoval and Miller each recorded one stolen base.
Dakota State will be taking the day off Tuesday in the week-long Snowbird Invitational. The Trojans return back to action on Wednesday morning versus Pennsylvania College of Technology at 9:30 a.m. and Gordon (Mass) at 11:30 a.m. The games will be held at the Grand Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director