April 18, 2014
Photos by Scott Voigt
MADISON, S.D. – A pair of North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) teams – Dakota State (S.D.) and Jamestown (N.D.) – were seeking to end their four-game losing skid Friday afternoon at Thue Softball Complex. The Trojans stopped their losing streak and handed UJ their fifth straight defeat by shutting the Jimmies 2-0 in the first game of the doubleheader. Jamestown ended their losing streak as they earned a 4-1 victory in the night cap.
Dakota State is 9-23 overall record and 4-4 NSAA conference play. Jamestown is 16-16 overall record and 5-3 NSAA conference record.
Game 1 – Dakota State (S.D.) 2, Jamestown (N.D.) 0 – FINAL
The Trojans won the NSAA four-game series opener in a battle of pitcher's duel between DSU's Rachel Hughes and UJ's Emily Snow.
Dakota State scored the first run of the game in the bottom second inning. Brittany Hill led off the inning with a single. Hughes reached on base by UJ's defensive error and advanced Hill to second base. Lynnie Angle added a single to set up a bases loaded and two outs situation for DSU. Lexy Miller produced an RBI single to score Hill as the Trojans earned their first lead at 1-0.
The Trojans added a run in the bottom third to extend their lead by two runs. Elizabeth Rubalcava was hit-by-pitch with one out. Hill drilled a double to advance Rubalcava to third base. Hughes recorded an RBI sacrifice fly to score Rubalcava to make it 2-0 in favor of DSU.
Jamestown was unable to score in the top fourth inning as they stranded three runners on base.
UJ went three-and-out in the final inning, securing the shutout victory for the Trojans.
Hill was perfect at plate for the Trojans. She was 2-for-2 with a double, single and a run. Angle added two singles. Miller recorded a single and an RBI. Hughes had an RBI. Samantha Mitchell swiped one base.
Emily Newman had two hits for the Jimmies. Courtney Van den Bussche and Hattie Fullmer each added a single. UJ reached third base just one time in the game.
Hughes (4-6) pitched a complete game shutout victory for Dakota State. She limited UJ to four hits in the game. Hughes recorded five strikeouts.
Snow (7-9) suffered the loss on the pitching mound for Jamestown. She worked for six innings and gave up two runs (one unearned) on five hits. Snow struck out five DSU's batters.
The Trojans had five hits in the game compared to the Jimmies four hits. DSU left seven runners on base while UJ had six runners left on base.
Game 2 – Jamestown (N.D.) 4, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 – FINAL
Jamestown scored a pair of runs in the fourth and seventh innings and held off the Trojans 4-1 in the night cap to earn a doubleheader split.
Both teams were scoreless through the first three innings of the game.
The Jimmies kicked off the top fourth inning with back-to-back walks by Hanna Dunnigan and Cassie Simenson. Jessica Snow hit an RBI single to score Dunnigan to give UJ a 1-0 lead (Simenson advanced to third and Jessica Snow to second base on throw during the play). Brook Rheault, pinch hitter for Breezi Cuffe, added an RBI ground out to score Simenson to extend Jimmies' lead to 2-0.
Dakota State broke their scoring drought in the bottom fifth frame to trim their deficit to one run. Mitchell started the inning with a walk for the Trojans. Hughes recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Mitchell to second base. Kelli Heiser reached on base by a walk. After a passed ball committed by UJ to advance Mitchell to third, Angle hit an RBI double to score Mitchell as DSU cut Jimmies' lead to 2-1 (Marita Rasche – pinch runner for Heiser – advanced to third on the play).
The Trojans continued their action in the bottom fifth as Bretton Lien, pinch hitter for Miller, earned base-on-balls to set up a bases loaded and one out situation. UJ prevented DSU from scoring as the Trojans left three runners on base when the fifth inning ended.
After the first two outs were recorded in the top seventh inning, Jamestown scored two more runs as their lead grew to 4-1. Van den Bussche hit a bunt single. Rachel Fowler added a single and advanced Van den Bussche to second base. Fullmer smashed a 2-RBI triple to score Van den Bussche and Fowler to extend their lead by three runs.
DSU went three-and-out in the bottom seventh inning, ending UJ's five-game losing streak.
Angle had a double and an RBI for the Trojans. Mitchell added a single and a run scored. She recorded a stolen base.
Fullmer was 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple, single and two RBIs for the Jimmies. Van den Bussche added a double and single. Newman had a hit. Jessica Snow recorded a single and an RBI. Rheault produced an RBI. Van den Bussche, Fowler, Newman and Dunnigan each scored once. Olivia Knott swiped one base.
Ellie Kristensen (3-7) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State. She tossed 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. Kristensen struck out five UJ's batters. Hughes retired the last batter of the top seventh inning in relief.
Mandy Thiessen (4-0) pitched a complete game victory for Jamestown. She limited the Trojans to two hits and one run. Thieseen recorded eight strikeouts.
UJ outhit DSU 7-2 in the game. The Jimmies left six runners on base compared to the Trojans six runners left on base.
Both teams will meet again Saturday afternoon as they conclude their NSAA four-game series. The doubleheader is slated to start at 1 p.m. at Thue Softball Complex.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director