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Valley City State University
Softball - Sat, Apr. 26, 2014

April 26, 2014

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Heading in the final weekend of North Star Athletic Association softball conference action, the Dakota State University softball team visited the NSAA's conference leader Valley City State (N.D.) Saturday at VCSU Softball Complex.  The Vikings swept the Trojans by the scores of 5-1 and 10-6.

Dakota State slipped their overall record to 10-30 and 5-9 NSAA conference record.  Valley City State, who had won their 10th straight NSAA conference game, raised their overall record to 21-19 and 10-2 NSAA.

Game 1 – Valley City State (N.D.) 5, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 – FINAL

VCSU earned the first lead of the game after a scoreless first inning.  The Vikings got a pair of RBI singles from Brittany Lehner (Liz Hall Swell led off with a walk and advanced to second on DSU's passed ball) and MacKenzie Hamre (after Cejay Damge's double) for a 2-0 lead.

The Trojans broke up their scoreless drought with a run scored in the top fourth frame.  Lexy Miller kicked off with a single.  Elizabeth Rubalcava recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Miller to second base.  Rachel Hughes produced an RBI single with two outs to score Miller as DSU trimmed VCSU's lead to 2-1.

The Vikings answered back with one run in the bottom fourth.  Hilhorst led off with a single and advanced to second base on Damge's sacrifice bunt.  Hilhorst scored caused by DSU's defensive error to expand the Vikings' lead to 3-1.

Hall Sewell smashed a 2-run home run in the bottom fifth inning for a 5-1 VCSU lead.

Dakota State left one runner on base in the final inning, securing the victory for Valley City State.

Miller was 2-for-3 at the plate with two singles for the Trojans.  Hughes added a single and an RBI.  Brittany Hill, Lynnie Angle and Katie Slibowski each had a hit.

Hall Sewell had a home run, an RBI and scored twice for the Vikings.  Hilhorst added a double, single and scored two runs.  Lehner had two singles and an RBI.  Katie Cameron and Hamre each had a hit.  Savannah McMillin and Hamre each had an RBI.

Hamre, Cameron, Hilhorst and Hamade each swiped one base.

Slibowski (3-4) took the loss on the pitching mound as she tossed 4 1/3 innings for DSU.  She allowed five runs (two unearned) on seven hits.  Slibowski struck out six VCSU's batters.  Ellie Kristensen pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings in relief, recording three strikeouts.

Samantha Nalley (7-8) went to the distance as she earned the victory for VCSU.  She gave up one run on six hits.  Nalley recorded three strikeouts.

Valley City State had seven hits compared to Dakota State six hits.  The Trojans committed three defensive errors in the game.

DSU left six runners on base compared to VCSU five runners left on base.

Game 2 – Valley City State (N.D.) 10, Dakota State (S.D.) 6 – FINAL    

With the score tied at 4-4 in the sixth inning, Valley City State exploded for six runs and held off Trojans' late rally for a four-run victory to complete a doubleheader sweep.

The Vikings scored twice in the second inning to grab the first lead of the game.  Lehner reached on base by a single with one out.  Hilhorst recorded a walk and advanced Lehner to second base.  Damge produced an RBI single to score Lehner for 1-0 VCSU lead (Hilhorst advanced to third).  Hamre added an RBI ground out to score Hilhorst to stretch the Vikings' lead to 2-0.

Dakota State overtook the lead from the Vikings with three runs scored in the top third frame, thanks to four consecutive singles with two outs by Erica Belter, Miller, Rubalcava and Hill.  Miller, Rubalcava and Hill produced three consecutive singles to give Trojans a 3-2 lead.

VCSU knotted the game at 3-3 in the fourth inning from Lehern's RBI single, who score Hall Sewell with a lead-off double. 

Sandoval blast her first career collegiate home run in the top fifth inning as the Trojans regained their lead at 4-3.

The Vikings tied the game for the third time in the game with a run scored in the bottom half of the fifth inning at 4-4.  Lehner added an RBI single to score McMillin, who had a double with one out in the inning.

Valley City State's offense soared in the bottom sixth inning with six runs.  The Vikings led off with three straight singles by Damge, Hamre and Katarina Boychuk.  Boychuk recorded an RBI single as VCSU earned their lead back at 5-4.

McMillin added a 2-RBI single in the sixth inning for 7-4 VCSU lead.  Hall Sewell and Lehner hit back-to-back home runs to widen Vikings lead to 10-4.

The Trojans mounted a late comeback in the top seventh frame.  Angle hit a single to start the inning.  Sandoval drilled a double and advanced Angle to third base.  Miller recorded an RBI single to score Angle to cut VCSU's lead to 10-5. 

Sandoval scored caused by Vikings' defensive miscue in the seventh inning, reducing DSU's deficit to 10-6.  The Trojans were unable to complete their comeback, falling short to VCSU with two runners left on base.

Sandoval was 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run, double and scored three times for Dakota State.  Miller added two singles and two RBIs.  Rubalcava had a hit and registered two RBIs.  Hill had a single and an RBI.  Angle and Shai-Lee Hill each had a single. 

Lehner was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run, three singles, two runs scored, and three RBIs for Valley City State.  McMillin and Hall Sewell each added two hits, two RBIs and scored two times.  Damge had two singles and an RBI.  Hamre and Boychuk each had a hit and an RBI.

Hughes (5-7) recorded the loss for the Trojans.  She tossed five-plus innings and allowed six runs on eight hits.  Hughes struck out five VCSU's batters.  Kristensen worked in the sixth inning and gave up four runs on four hits.

Lindsey White started the game for the Vikings as she pitched 2 2/3 innings.  She allowed three runs on five hits and recorded four strikeouts.  Ashley Metcalf (6-3) earned the victory as she tossed 4 1/3 innings in relief.  She gave up three runs (one unearned) on four hits and struck out four DSU's batters.

VCSU outhit DSU 12-9 in the game. 

The Vikings left six runners on base, while the Trojans left four runners on base.

Dakota State and Valley City State meet again on Sunday afternoon for another NSAA conference doubleheader.  First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at VCSU Softball Complex in Valley City, N.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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