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Softball - Sat, May 3, 2014

May 2, 2014


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JAMESTOWN, N.D. – After being shut out by tournament's top-seed Dickinson State (N.D.) 9-0 in the first game of the NAIA Softball Unaffiliated North Star Athletic Association/Frontier Conference Tournament Opening Round at Lyle Lawrence Field, sixth-seeded Dakota State (S.D.) remained alive by eliminating fifth-seeded Presentation (S.D.) 7-2 in the loser's out game Friday afternoon.

Dakota State is 11-31 overall record after the victory over the Saints. 

Opening Round:  (1) Dickinson State (N.D.) 9, (6) Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL/5 innings

Dickinson State, who had won 18 straight games before entering the postseason tournament, jumped to a 2-0 opening lead after Brianna Grayson's 2-RBI single with two outs.

The Blue Hawks exploded for seven runs in the bottom second frame, extending their lead to 9-0.  DiSU led off with three straight hits, including a pair of doubles from Kailey Olcott and Rebecca Lopez.  Dickinson State produced six hits (with three doubles) in the inning, while the Trojans committed two defensive errors.

Dakota State was limited to one hit in the game by Kelli Heiser's single in the top fifth inning.  Brittany Hill added a walk.

Grayson was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, single and produced three RBIs for the Blue Hawks.  Lopez added a double and two RBIs.  Janell LaRont had two hits and an RBI.  Alex Vargas, Lindsey Sullivan, Olcott and Justeena Gutierrez each added a hit.

Katie Slibowski (3-5) took the loss in the circle for the Trojans.  She tossed 1 1/3 innings and allowed nine runs (two unearned) on seven hits.  Rachel Hughes shut down the Blue Hawks in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  She gave up two hits and struck out three DiSU's batters.

Regan Lawrence (19-4) earned threw a complete game victory for Dickinson State.  She allowed one hit and recorded four strikeouts.

Loser's Out Game:  (6) Dakota State (S.D.) 7, (5) Presentation (S.D.) 2 – FINAL

Dakota State smashed a pair of 2-run home runs in the first two innings to earn a four-run lead and never look back in the first elimination game of the tournament.

After Erica Belter's lead-off single in the bottom first frame, Hill ripped a 2-run home run with two outs to give DSU a 2-0 early lead.

The Trojans added two runs in the second inning.  Heiser was hit-by-pitch to start the bottom half of the second frame.  Slibowski blast a 2-run home run with two outs as DSU's lead grew to 4-0.

With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom fifth, Samantha Mitchell produced an RBI single to score Belter to give DSU a 5-0 lead.

Presentation, who fell short to No. 2 seed Valley City State (N.D.) 13-9 in the opening round, ended their scoring drought in the top sixth inning as Jessie Ihly earned an RBI ground out.  The Saints cut Trojans' lead to 5-1.

Dakota State answered back with two runs scored in the bottom sixth frame.  Ellie Kristensen reached on base by a walk.  Stephanie Sandoval hit a double and advanced Kristensen to third base.  Belter earned a bunt single to set up a bases loaded with two outs.  A defensive error committed by the Saints allowed Kristensen and Sandoval to score to make it 7-1 in favor of the Trojans.

Sydney Larson hit an RBI single to as Presentation trimmed their deficit to 7-2 in the seventh inning.  The Saints left one runner on base when the game ended, ending their season with an overall record of 19-26.  The Trojans move on to the next round in the double-elimination tournament format.

Belter was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored for the DSU.  She recorded a stolen base.  Hill and Slibowski each had a home run and produced two RBIs.  Elizabeth Rubalcava added a hit and two RBIs.  Mitchell had a single and an RBI.  Sandoval recorded a double and scored twice.

Shelby Anderson had two singles for the Saints.  Larson added a single and an RBI.  Ihly recorded an RBI.  Karyssa Marbet had a double. 

DSU outhit PC 9-5 in the game.  Both teams left six runners on base.

Hughes (6-7) earned the victory on the pitching mound for the Trojans.  She pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits.  She struck out five PC's batters.  Kristensen tossed 1 2/3 innings in relief, giving up one run on two hits.

Marbet (9-14) recorded the loss for the Saints.  She worked for sixth innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits.  She recorded six strikeouts.

Four teams remain in the NAIA Unaffiliated NSAA/Frontier Softball Conference Tournament.  A pair of Frontier members went undefeated (2-0) on the opening day as both Dickinson State and No. 4 seed Great Falls (Mont.) playing each other at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

A pair of NSAA schools will face in the loser's out game Saturday afternoon as the Trojans take on No. 2 seed Valley City State (N.D.).  First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Lyle Lawrence Field in Jamestown.  The winner of this game will play another loser's out game at 3 p.m. against the loser of DiSU-GF game.

2014 NAIA North Star Athletic Association/Frontier Softball Championship – hosted by University of Jamestown – Lyle Lawrence Field – Jamestown, N.D. (Times are Central Time)

Friday, May 2, 2014
Game 1:  No. 1 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) 9, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 - FINAL/5 innings - BOX SCORE
Game 2:  No. 2 seed Valley City State (N.D.) 13, No. 5 seed Presentation (S.D) 9 - FINAL - BOX SCORE
Game 3:  No. 4 seed Great Falls (Mont.) 3, No. 3 seed Jamestown (N.D.) 0 - FINAL - BOX SCORE
Game 4 (Loser's Out Game):  No. 6 seed Dakota State (S.D.) 7, No. 5 seed Presentation (S.D.) 2 - FINAL - BOX SCORE Presentation (S.D.) eliminated from postseason
Game 5:  No. 1 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) 6, No. 3 seed Jamestown (N.D.) 2 - FINAL - BOX SCORE Jamestown (N.D.) eliminated from postseason
Game 6 (Winner's Bracket):  No. 4 seed Great Falls (Mont.) 3, No. 2 seed Valley City State (N.D.) 0 - FINAL - BOX SCORE

Saturday, May 3, 2014 (All games will be on Field 11
Game 7 (Winner's Bracket):  No. 1 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (37-13) vs. No. 4 seed Great Falls (Mont.) (16-15) – 11 a.m.
Game 8 (Loser's Out Game):  No. 6 seed Dakota State (S.D.) (11-31) vs. No. 2 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (22-20) – 1 p.m.
Game 9 (Loser's Out Game):  Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7 – 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 (All games will be on Field 11)
Game 10:  Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner – 1 p.m. (Championship Game)
Game 11:  Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 winner – 3 p.m. (If necessary if Game 7 winner suffer first loss in Game 10) Winner advances to 2014 NAIA Softball National Tournament Opening Round on May 12-14

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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