April 19, 2014
Photos by Scott Voigt
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Trojan Softball team recognized their two seniors – Lori Harshbarger and Katie Slibowski (who are playing in their final home weekend games) – prior to the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Softball conference doubleheader versus Jamestown (N.D.) Saturday afternoon at Thue Softball Complex. The Jimmies posted scores of 3-1 and 5-0 to earn a doubleheader sweep over the Trojans.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 9-25 and 4-6 NSAA conference record. Jamestown lifted their overall record to 18-16 and 7-3 NSAA.
Game 1 – Jamestown (N.D.) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 – FINAL
The Jimmies quickly jumped to a 2-0 lead to open the game. Courtney Van den Bussche kicked off the game with a bunt single. She advanced to third base after a pair of ground outs from Sara Money and Hattie Fullmer. Emily Newman hit an RBI triple to score Van den Bussche for UJ's first run of the game. Newman scored caused by DSU's defensive error on the same play as Jimmies earned a two-run lead.
Both teams were unable to score for the next five innings. UJ had scoring chances when they left bases loaded in the top fifth inning.
Jamestown added a run in the top seventh frame. Van den Bussche was hit-by-pitch to start the inning. She swiped to second base. Money hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Van den Bussche to third base. Fullmer produced an RBI ground out to score Van den Bussche to expand UJ's lead to 3-0.
The Trojans attempted to rally back in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Brittany Hill ripped a double with one out. Rachel Hughes hit an RBI single to score Ellie Kristensen, pinch runner for Hill, as the Trojans snapped their scoring drought and cut their deficit to 3-1.
Kelli Heiser added a single and advanced Hughes to second base with two outs in the bottom seventh for DSU. The Jimmies ended the game with a strike out, earning a two-run victory over the Trojans.
Hughes and Hill each went 2-for-3 at the plate for Dakota State. Hughes had a triple, single and an RBI. Hill added a double and single. Heiser recorded a single.
Van den Bussche, Newman and Autumn Wang each were 2-for-3 at the plate for Jamestown. Van den Bussche had a double, single, swiped one base and scored two runs. Newman and Hanna Dunnigan each added a triple. Fullman and Newman each had an RBI.
Harshbarger (1-5) recorded the loss as she pitched four-plus innings for the Trojans. She allowed two runs (one unearned) on five hits. Harshbarger struck out three UJ's batters. Hughes worked for three innings in relief. She gave up one run on three hits.
Mandy Thiessen (5-0) tossed a complete game victory for the Jimmies. She gave up one run on five hits. She recorded nine strikeouts in the game.
UJ outhit DSU 8-5. The Jimmies left eight runners on base compared to the Trojans four runners left on base.
Game 2 – Jamestown (N.D.) 5, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL
The Trojans were unable to score in the final game of the NSAA four-game series as the Jimmies earned a five-run victory.
After recording the first two outs of the game, the Jimmies produced a run to grab a 1-0 lead. Fullmer reached on base by a walk. Newman hit a single and advanced Fullmer to third base. A wild pitch committed by DSU allowed Fullmer to score, giving UJ their first lead of the game.
Dakota State was unable to convert their scoring chances in the bottom second inning as they left runners on third and second bases, highlighted by Heiser's double.
Jamestown added a run in the top third frame to make it 2-0. Newman was reached on base by a fielder's choice. She advanced to second and third bases after a pair of wild pitches by the Trojans. Dunnigan recorded a walk and advanced to second base by a stolen base, allowing Newman to score caused by DSU's defensive miscue.
DSU could not complete their scoring opportunities as they left bases loaded situation with two outs in the bottom fourth inning. Mitchell had a single, followed by Hughes and Heiser to set up a bases loaded situation.
UJ added two runs in the sixth inning. Dunnigan and Tylynn McKeever hit back-to-back doubles to give Jimmies a 3-0 lead. Jamestown added a run caused by Trojans' defensive miscue for a 4-0 lead.
Jamestown made it 5-0 in the top seventh inning, thanks to Newman's triple. Emily Snow reached on base by DSU's defensive error, allowing Newman to score.
Snow retired the last six DSU's batters to secure the victory for the Jimmies.
Newman had a triple and single for UJ. McKeever added a double and single. Dunnigan had a double. Brook Rheault had two hits. Van den Bussche recorded a single. Snow and McKeever each produced an RBI.
Slibowski (3-2) took the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State. She tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs (two unearned) on six hits. Kristensen worked for 1 2/3 innings in relief and gave up an unearned run on two hits.
Dunnigan (6-8) earned the victory for Jamestown. She pitched five innings and allowed four hits. Snow worked the final two shutout innings in relief.
UJ tallied eight hits in the game compared to DSU four hits. The Jimmes left eight runners on base. The Trojans had seven runners left on base.
Defensively, DSU recorded two double plays in the game – twice by Mitchell and Hill.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column as they conclude their 17-game home stand on Monday afternoon. The Trojans welcome Dordt (Iowa) in a non-conference doubleheader at Thue Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. in Madison.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director