March 13, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Dakota State (S.D.) was unable to come up with a victory in the Snowbird Softball Invitational Thursday at the Grand Park. The Trojans lost to Ursinus (Pa.) 4-1 and McKendree (Ill.) 8-3.
Dakota State dipped their overall record to 5-3. Ursinus is 4-5 overall record and McKendree is 6-7 record.
Ursinus (Pa.) 4, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 - FINAL
Both Ursinus and DSU were unable to score in the first three innings of the game.
The Trojans grabbed the first lead of the game in the bottom fourth frame. Samantha Mitchell smashed a double with one out. Rachel Hughes reached on base caused by the Bears' defensive error. A wild pitch by Ursinus advanced Mitchell to third base and Hughes to second base. Morgan Jaime hit an RBI ground out to score Mitchell to give DSU a 1-0 lead.
The Bears overtook the lead from Dakota State in the top fifth inning with two runs scored. Deanna Madison reached on base with a single. Ellen Goldstein made it safely caused by DSU's defensive miscue and advanced Madison to second base. The Trojans committed a pair of wild pitches to allow Madison score and tie the game at 1-1.
Delia Mercurio added an RBI single to score Goldstein to earn Bears' first lead of the game at 2-1.
Ursinus added a pair of runs in the top seventh inning after the Trojans committed a defensive error. The Bears held a 4-1 lead before heading in the bottom seventh.
The Trojans were unable to score in the bottom seventh inning as they left one runner on base as the Bears recorded the victory.
Zoe Heinke had a double and a single for the Bears. Mercurio recorded a single and an RBI.
Ellie Kristensen (1-1) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State. She allowed four runs (three unearned) on four hits. Kristensen struck out six Bears' batters.
Whelan tossed a complete game victory for Ursinus. She gave up an unearned run on five hits.
DSU outhit the Bears 5-4 in the game. The Trojans committed six defensive errors in the game compared to Ursinus one defensive error. Both teams left seven runners on base.
McKendree (Ill.) 8, Dakota State (S.D.) 3 - FINAL
In the second game, DSU jumped to a 1-0 lead in the opening inning. Rubalcava hit a two-out single. Hill reached safely caused by McKendree's defensive error and advanced Rubalcava to second base. Mitchell hit an RBI single to score Rubalcava as the Trojans earned its first lead of the game.
The Bearcats scored twice in the top second inning as they produced an RBI double and an RBI single for a 2-1 lead.
McKendree added two more runs in the top third frame to extend their lead to 4-1.
Katie Nauman produced an RBI single in the fifth inning as MK's lead grew to 5-1.
In the top sixth inning, Kate Mayes hit an RBI single to extend Bearcats' lead to 6-1.
The Trojans broke their scoring drought in the bottom sixth frame. Kelli Heiser reached on base by a walk with one out. Jaime recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Heiser to second base. Hughes hit an RBI double to score Kristensen – pinch runner for Heiser – to cut McKendree's lead to 6-2.
The Bearcats scored two more runs in the top seventh inning, capped by Caitline Stredde's RBI triple and Maria Schutte's RBI single. McKendree's lead now read 8-2 before heading in the bottom seventh inning.
Erica Belter opened the bottom seventh with a triple for DSU. Rubalcava hit an RBI double to score Belter as DSU trimmed their deficit to 8-3. The Trojans could not score more runs as the Bearcats sealed the victory.
Belter had a triple, a single and a run scored for Dakota State. Rubalcava added a double, a single and recorded an RBI. Hughes and Mitchell each had a hit and an RBI. Lexy Miller recorded a single.
All nine Bearcats had at least a hit in the game for McKendree. Jamie Doggendorf, Mayes and Stredde each had two hits. Nauman and Stredde each recorded two RBIs.
Lori Harshbarger (1-1) pitched 2 2/3 innings in losing effort for the Trojans. She gave up two runs on six hits. Huges worked for 4 1/3 innings in relief and gave up six runs (three unearned) on six hits.
The Bearcats outhit the Trojans 12-7 in the game. DSU had four defensive errors compared to McKendree one defensive error.
McKendree left nine runners on base compared to the Trojans' eight runners left on base.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Friday at the Grand Park. The Trojans continue their action in the Snowbird Invitational versus St. Joseph's-Long Island (N.Y.) at 9:30 a.m. and Bemidji State (Minn.) at 1:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director