April 21, 2014
PHOTO GALLERY - Photos by Cody Welu
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University softball team concluded their 17-game home stand in a span of more than two weeks at Thue Softball Complex Monday afternoon. The Trojans welcomed Dordt (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in a non-conference doubleheader. The Defenders scored a pair of 10-runs to sweep DSU by the scores of 10-7 and 10-2.
Dakota State slipped their overall record to 9-27. Dordt raised their overall record to 11-25.
Game 1 – Dordt (Iowa) 10, Dakota State (S.D.) 7 – FINAL
The Defenders opened the game with a 1-0 lead. Kassidy VanVoorst reached on base by a walk. She swiped to second base. After the first out of the game was recorded, VanVoorst advanced to third base by DSU's wild pitch. Erica White hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score VanVoorst to give DC a one-run lead.
Dordt added a run in the top second inning, highlighted by Jayden Smolders' two-out double. Andrea Pierce recorded an RBI single to score Smolders to extend the Defenders' lead to 2-0.
The Trojans got on board in the bottom second, thanks to Lynnie Angle's solo home run to center field (her second home run this season). DSU cut DC's lead to 2-1.
White and Ashton Beaird led off the third inning with back-to-back singles for Dordt. Samantha Dunn hit a 3-run home run with one out as their lead grew to 5-1.
Dakota State answered back with two runs scored in the bottom half of the third inning. Erica Belter led off the Trojans with a walk. She stole for second base. She advanced to third base on a stolen base. Elizabeth Rubalcava drilled an RBI single to score Belter to reduce DSU's deficit to 5-2. Mitchell ripped an RBI triple to score Rubalcava to trim Defenders' lead to 5-3.
Dordt added a run to make it 6-3 in the top fourth inning after White hit a double, followed by Beaird's single and DSU's defensive error (to allow White to score).
With Angle on second base with two outs in the bottom fourth, Belter produced an RBI single to score Angle to cut DC's lead to 6-4.
The Trojans trailed by one run at 6-5 after Mitchell blast a solo home run with one out in the bottom fifth inning. DSU could not convert their scoring chances after leaving bases loaded when fifth inning ended.
DC exploded for four runs in the top sixth frame. Beaird hit a solo home run with one out to make it 7-5 in favor of the Defenders. Dordt's next two batters reached safely caused by DSU's defensive miscue and a walk. Sidney Larsen hit a 2-RBI triple, followed by Smolders' RBI single to expand Dordt's lead to 10-5.
With runners on third and second bases for the Trojans in the bottom sixth, Rachel Hughes drilled a 2-RBI double to trim DC's lead to 10-7.
Dordt secured the victory in the bottom seventh after DSU went three-and-out.
Mitchell had a home run and a triple with two RBIs for the Trojans. Angle added a home run and a single with an RBI. Hughes added a double and two RBIs. Rubalcava recorded two singles and an RBI. Belter had a single and an RBI. Kelli Heiser had a hit.
Belter swiped two bases for Dakota State. Mitchell added a stolen base.
Beaird was perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with a home run, double and three singles with an RBI for the Defenders. Dunn added a home run and recorded three RBIs. Larsen had a triple, double and two RBIs. Smoders recorded a double, two singles and an RBI. White had two hits. VanVoorst had a single.
VanVoorst recorded two stolen bases for Dordt.
Katie Slibowski (3-3) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for the Trojans. She tossed 2 1/3 innings and allowed five runs (two unearned) on seven hits. Ellie Kristensen worked for 4 2/3 innings in relief, giving up five runs (two unearned) on eight hits. She recorded seven strikeouts.
Dunn (6-3) pitched five innings in victory for the Defenders. She gave up five runs on seven hits. Haley Fligge pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on two hits. She struck out five DSU batters.
DC outhit DSU 15-9 in the game. Both teams had two home runs and a triple in the game. The Defenders produced four doubles compared to the Trojan one double.
Dakota State committed four defensive errors in the game compared to Dordt three defensive errors.
The Defenders left 10 runners on base. The Trojans had nine runners left on base.
Game 2 – Dordt (Iowa) 10, Dakota State (S.D.) 2 – FINAL
Dordt tallied a total of five triples and three doubles in the night cap, completing a doubleheader sweep over the Trojans.
Beaird hit an RBI single to give DC a 1-0 early lead to open the game.
The Defenders added three runs in the top third fame to extend their lead to 4-0. DC got a pair of triples from Beaird and Dunn in the inning.
DC's VanVoorst hit an RBI triple to score Selena Rinehart (pinch runner for Smolders who opened with a single) in the top fourth inning. During VanVoorst's triple, she scored caused by DSU's defensive miscue to expand Dordt's lead to 6-0.
Michal Hoogland led the fifth inning with a double for Dordt. Dunn produced an RBI triple to score Hoogland to make it 7-0. Larsen added an RBI ground out to score Dunn as the Defenders' lead went up to 8-0.
The Trojans ended their scoring drought in the bottom fifth frame. Rubalcava kicked off with a walk for DSU. Mitchell blasted a 2-run home run to cut DSU's deficit to 8-2. It was Mitchell's tenth home run this season.
Dordt added two runs in the seventh inning by Larsen's RBI triple and Smolders' RBI double for 10-2 DC lead.
DSU went three-and-out as the Defenders secured the victory.
Mitchell was 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run, double and registered two RBIs for the Trojans. Belter, Heiser, Hughes and Slibowski each added a hit.
Dunn had two triples and two singles with two runs for Dordt. Beaird added a triple, two singles and two RBIs. Larsen and VanVoorst each added a triple. Smolders, Hoogland and White each had a double and single.
Shai-Lee Hill (2-1) recorded the loss for the Trojans. She pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up six runs (two unearned) on eight hits. Bretton Lien worked for one inning in relief, allowing two runs on five hits. Lori Harshbarger pitched the last 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits. Hill and Harshbarger each recorded three strikeouts.
Fligge (1-9) recorded her first victory of the season on the pitching mound for DC. She pitched five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Larsen pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit.
Dordt outhit Dakota State 16-6 in the game. Both teams left seven runners on base.
Dakota State returns back to North Star Athletic Association conference play on Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans look to end their losing skid as they visit Presentation (S.D.) in a doubleheader at Manor Park. The first game of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m. in Aberdeen, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director