March 11, 2017
Photo credits by Scott Voigt
TUCSON, Ariz. – Robert Morris (Ill.) jumped to a 6-0 lead after the first two innings over Dakota State (S.D.) Saturday afternoon in the last game of the Tucson (Ariz.) Softball Invitational Games at Lincoln Park North. The Trojans were unable to score in the game as the Eagles shut down DSU by the score of 7-0.
Dakota State is 10-13 overall record. Robert Morris was playing their season opener Saturday.
Joey Crokett hit a 2-run home run in the bottom first inning to give Eagles a 2-0 lead. RMU added four runs in the bottom second inning to make it 6-0, highlighted by Marissa Vazquez's 2-RBI double.
The Eagles scored a run in the bottom fourth inning to make it 7-0. Crockett led off with a triple and scored after Chrissy Polka's RBI single.
Dakota State left two runners on base in the final inning as Robert Morris secured the victory.
Crockett was 2-of-3 at the plate with a triple, single and recorded two RBIs for the Eagles. Polka added two hits and two RBIs. Vazquez registered a double and two RBIs.
Both teams had five hits in the game. DSU committed four defensive errors compared to RMU two defensive miscues. The Trojans left eight runners on base compared to the Eagles six runners left on base.
Kaysea Luna (L, 5-3) recorded the loss in the pitching circle for the Trojans. She worked for two innings and gave up six runs (three unearned) on three hits. Kelly Drake tossed four innings in relief, giving up a run on two hits. She struck out five RMU's batters.
Kelly McCasland (W, 1-0) earned the victory for the Eagles. She pitched five innings and limited the Trojans to three hits. Alyssa Galasso worked two scoreless innings and gave up two hits.
Dakota State won't return back to action until March 25-26 as they return back to North Star Athletic Association conference action. The Trojans visit Viterbo (Wis.) in a four-game series, with a doubleheader on each day (2 p.m. on March 25 and 12 p.m. on March 26). The four-game series will be held at V-Hawks Softball Field in La Crosse, Wis.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director