May 2, 2014
Submitted Photo by the University of Jamestown (N.D.)
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.
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