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Softball - Sun, Mar. 23, 2014

March 23, 2014

LYONS & STERLING, Kan. – Dakota State (S.D.) went 2-3 record against members of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) in the Sterling (Kan.) Tournament Friday and Saturday.  The Trojans dropped their first three games of the tournament, but ended their seven-game losing skid with a doubleheader sweep over host-team Sterling (Kan.).

Dakota State lost to No. 24 Friends (Kan.) 8-0 and Bethany (Kan.) 10-2 on the first day of the tournament on Friday in Lyons.  The Trojans fell short to McPherson (Kan.) 10-9 in the first game on Saturday, but swept Sterling 10-5 and 7-2 to earn a two-game winning streak in Sterling.

The Trojans are 9-10 overall record this season.

#24 Friends (Kan.) 8, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL/5 innings

The Falcons (18-6 overall record) outhit the Trojans 14-3 in the game to earn an 8-0 victory in five innings.

Friends recorded four singles in the opening inning and scored three times to earn a 3-0 lead.

FU added two runs each in the second and fourth inning to extend their lead to 7-0.

Friends ended the game with two outs in the bottom fifth inning after an RBI single by Savana King.

Stephanie Sandoval, Elizabeth Rubalcava and Kelli Heiser each had a single for DSU.

King had three hits for the Falcons.  Courtney Kifer, Khadijah Bland, Rachel Shockley and Ashley Kirkes each added two singles.  Bland and Brooke Keeter each had two RBIs.

Ellie Kristensen recorded the loss for the Trojans.  She tossed 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on thre hits.  Lori Harshbarger pitched 2/3 innings in relief and gave up two runs on six hits.  Shai-Lee Hill worked for 3 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits.

Blaire Taylor (10-3) picked up the victory as she pitched a complete game for Friends.  She limited DSU to three hits and recorded eight strikeouts.

Friends left nine runners on base compared to DSU four runners left on base.

Bethany (Kan.) 10, Dakota State (S.D.) 2 – FINAL/5 innings

Dakota State was unable to bounce back in the winning column in the second game of the Sterling Tournament Friday afternoon. The Swedes earned 13 hits compared to the Trojans four hits in BC's 10-2 victory in five innings.  DSU committed seven defensive errors in the game.

Bethany (14-16 overall record) scored once in each of the first three innings of the game for a 3-0 lead.

The Swedes exploded for five runs in the top fourth frame as their lead grew to 8-0.  BC recorded seven hits in the innings as the Trojans committed four defensive miscues.

Dakota State ended their scoring drought in the bottom fourth inning with two runs scored, thanks to Lynnie Angle and Brittany Hill's back-to-back solo home runs to cut BC's lead to 8-2. 

Bethany hit back-to-back RBI doubles by Mariana Cerenio-Jordan and Ashley Montoya to extend their lead to 10-2 in the top fifth inning.

DSU went three-and-out in the bottom fifth as the Swedes secured the game.

Angle and Brittany Hill each had a home run and an RBI for the Trojans.  Sandoval added two singles.

Emily Causey was 3-for-3 at the plate for BC.  Kelli Traffas added two hits and two RBIs.  Cerenio-Jordan had a double and a single.  Montoya, Jasmine Zaker and Ashley Nicolich each had a hit and an RBI.

Rachel Hughes recorded the loss on the pitching mound for DSU.  She pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed eight runs (six unearned) on 10 hits.  Kristensen worked for 1 1/3 innings in relief, giving up two runs on three hits.

Stephanie Minder (7-4) was the winning pitcher for Bethany.  She tossed three innings and allowed two runs on three hits.  Kierstin Stolley pitched two scoreless innings in relief, giving up a hit.

The Swedes left seven runners on base.  DSU had five runners left on base.

McPherson (Kan.) 10, Dakota State (S.D.) 9 – FINAL

The Trojans fell short in the first game on Saturday in the Sterling.  DSU jumped to a 6-3 lead in the opening inning, but the Bulldogs regained their lead to 10-7 after the fourth inning.  Dakota State scored twice in the final inning, but could not complete their comeback as McPherson recorded a 10-9 victory.

Amanda Darrow hit a 3-run home run in the opening inning as the Bulldogs gained a 3-0 lead.

Dakota State answered back by exploding for six runs in the bottom first inning.  After Erica Belter and Katie Slibowski led off the inning with back-to-back walks, a passed ball committed by McPherson advanced Belter to third base and Slibowski to second base.

With two outs, Brittany Hill recorded a walk to set up a bases loaded situation for the Trojans.  Hughes hit a 2-RBI single to score Belter and Slibowski (and advanced Brittany Hill to second base) as DSU reduced their deficit to 3-2.  Heiser added an RBI single to score Brittany Hill to tie the game at 3-3 (Hughes advanced to third base).

The Trojans continued their scoring run in the bottom first frame as Sandoval hit a 2-RBI double to score Hughes and Heiser for their first lead of the game at 5-3.  Belter added an RBI single to score Sandoval as DSU's lead grew to 6-3.

McPherson scored once in the top second inning after Whitney Miller's RBI double.  DSU's lead was reduced to 6-4.

The Bulldogs regained their lead in the top fourth inning as they scored six runs.  McPherson recorded three hits in the inning, while DSU committed three defensive errors to allow the Bulldogs to regain their lead for the second time in the game at 10-6.

Samantha Mitchell and Brittany Hill hit back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom fourth for Dakota State.  Hughes recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Mitchell to third base and Brittany Hill to second base.  Heiser produced an RBI ground out to score Mitchell to cut McPherson's lead to 10-7.

The Trojans mounted a late comeback in the bottom seventh inning.  Sandoval and Lexy Miller started the inning with back-to-back singles.  Both Sandoval and Miller each swiped one base.  Bretton Lien, pinch hitter for Belter, hit an RBI single to score Sandoval as DSU cut MC's lead to 10-8 (advanced Miller to third base).

Belter, who returned back in the game to run for Lien, swiped to second base with no outs in the bottom seventh inning for the Trojans.  Slibowski reached on base caused by Bulldogs' defensive error to set up a bases loaded situation for DSU. 

Rubalcava hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Miller as DSU's deficit is within one run.  On the same play, Belter was called out for leaving bases early on second base.  The Trojans could not complete their comeback as McPherson ended the game with a strikeout.

Sandoval and Miller each went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Trojans.  Sandoval had a double and two singles.  Brittany Hill added two hits.  Hughes, Belter, Lien, Mitchell and Heiser each had a hit.  Hughes, Heiser and Sandvoal each produced two RBIs.

Belter, Sandoval and Miller each swiped two bases for Dakota State.

Whitney Miller had three hits and recorded two RBIs for the Bulldogs.  Darrow added a home run and three RBIs.  Mariah Wedel, Emily Davis and Cassandra Mereno each had a hit.

Harshbarger started the game for DSU as she worked for 1 2/3 innings, giving up four runs (one unearned) on five hits.  Hughes (2-4) recorded the loss in 3 1/3 innings of work.  She gave up six runs (five unearned) on four hits.  Kristensen tossed two shutout innings in relief and recorded three strikeouts.

Jenna Kaiser tossed the first 2/3 innings of the game for McPherson.  She gave up six runs on three hits.  Ciara Archer (4-7) held on to the victory in relief as she pitched 6 1/3 innings.  She allowed three runs (one unearned) on 10 hits.  She struck out six DSU's batters.

The Trojans outhit the Bulldogs 13-9 in the game.  DSU committed four defensive miscues compared to MC one defensive error.

Dakota State left 10 runners on base, while McPherson left five runners on base.

Dakota State (S.D.) 10, Sterling (Kan.) 5 – FINAL/Game 1

The Trojans pound out 18 hits to end their seven-game losing skid with a 10-5 victory over the host-team in the first-game of the doubleheader with Sterling Saturday afternoon.

DSU jumped to a 4-0 quick lead in the opening inning.  Belter led off the game with a walk and swiped to second base.  Slibowski hit a double to advance Belter to third base.  Rubalcava hit an RBI single to score Belter for the first run of the game at 1-0 in favor of DSU.

Mitchell added an RBI single to score Rubalcava to extend DSU's lead to 2-0 in the top first.  Sandoval and Heiser each hit an RBI single as the Trojans' lead grew to 4-0.

Stefanie Quintero recorded an RBI single as the Warriors cut DSU's lead to 4-1 in the bottom first frame.

After recording the first two outs of the top second inning, Dakota State produced three consecutive singles by Slibowski, Rubalcava and Brittany HillBrittany Hill hit an RBI to score Slibowski to extend DSU's lead to 5-1.

The Trojans made it 6-1 in the top third, thanks to Sandoval's lead-off triple.  Heiser produced an RBI single to score Sandoval.

Sterling scored three times in the bottom third frame to cut their deficit to 6-4.

The Warriors added a run in the bottom fourth.  Jessica Munoz started with a triple and scored from Theresa Yeaman as DSU's lead was reduced to 6-5.

Dakota State scored a run to extend their lead to 7-5 in the top fifth inning caused by Warriors' defensive miscue.

The Trojans added three more runs in the top sixth inning.  Slibowski led off with a single and advanced to second base after Rubalcava hit a sacrifice bunt.  Brittany Hill hit an RBI single to score Slibowski to make it 8-5 in favor of DSU.

Mitchell blast a 2-run home run (and scored Brittany Hill) in the top sixth inning to extend DSU's lead to 10-5. 

Dakota State's defense prevented the Warriors to score in the final inning to secure the victory, highlighted with a double play defense effort by Mitchell and Slibowski.

Belter and Slibowski each produced three hits for the Trojans.  Rubalcava, Brittany Hill, Mitchell, Sandoval, Heiser and Miller each added two hits.  Mitchell had three RBIs.

DSU recorded six stolen bases in the game with two from Sandoval.  Slibowski, Belter, Angle and Mitchell each swiped one base.

Yeaman was 4-for-4 at the plate for the Warriors.  Quintero and Abreanna Landeros each added two hits. 

Kristensen (2-4) picked up the victory for DSU.  She pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs (one unearned) on eight hits.  Shai-Lee Hill worked for 2/3 innings in relief.  Lien worked for three scoreless innings in relief.  Both Shai-Lee Hill and Lien gave up a hit.

The Trojans outhit Sterling 18-10 in the game. 

SC left 10 runners on bases compared to DSU eight runners left on base.

Dakota State (S.D.) 7, Sterling (Kan.) 2 – FINAL/Game 2

Dakota State earned their second straight victory, thanks to a five-run explosion in the third inning.

After two scoreless innings to start the game, DSU earned their first lead of the game in the top third frame.  Brittany Hill hit a double with one out.  Mitchell reached on base by a walk.  Sandoval recorded an RBI single to score Kristensen – pinch runner for Brittany Hill – to give DSU a 1-0 lead.

The Trojans extended their lead to 2-0 after Sterling committed a defensive error to score Mitchell.  Angle hit an RBI single to score Sandoval for a 3-0 DSU lead.  After Angle swiped to second base, Miller hit an RBI ground out to score Heiser as Trojans' lead grew to 4-0.  The Trojans added a run to make it 5-0 caused by SC's defensive error.

Brittany Hill hit a double with one out in the top fourth inning.  Mitchell smashed a 2-run home run – her second 2-run home run and her seventh home run of the season – to extend DSU's lead to 7-0.

Sterling (5-16 overall record) ended their scoring drought with a run scored in the bottom fourth inning to cut Trojans' lead to 7-1.  The Warriors added a run in the bottom fifth as DSU held a 7-2 advantage.

The game was called off after the completion of the fifth inning due to cold temperatures in the evening hours (below 30 degrees), sealing the victory for DSU.

Brittany Hill and Sandoval each went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Trojans.  Brittany Hill had two doubles.  Mitchell had a home run and two RBIs.  Angle had a hit.  Sandoval, Heiser, Angle and Miller each produced an RBI.

Angle and Sandvoal each swiped two bases for DSU.  Slibowski and Belter each had a stolen base.

Haydn Tabola had two doubles for the Warriors.  Yeaman, Quintero and Rebecca Dickerson each had a hit.

Slibowski (2-0) tossed a complete game victory for Dakota State.  She allowed two runs on five hits.  Slibowski struck out eight SC's batters.

Landeros (0-9) suffered the loss for Sterling.  She worked for five innings and gave up seven runs (two unearned) on six hits.  Landeros walked seven DSU's batters.

The Trojans had six hits compared to SC five hits.  DSU left seven runners on base.  Sterling had six runners left on base.

Dakota State continues their busy schedule Monday afternoon as they travel to Mitchell, S.D. to visit their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).  The non-conference doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. at McWhirter Field (Caldwell Park). 

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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