ABERDEEN, S.D. - Dakota State's Samantha Deen and Katie Slibowski recorded a combined 24 strikeouts from the pitching mound in a road doubleheader sweep versus Presentation (S.D.) Friday at Swisher Field. The Trojans earned 4-1 and 8-2 victories and outhit the Saints 26-8 in the doubleheader.
Dakota State won their fourth straight game to raise their overall record to 16-14. Presentation, a member of NCAA Division III independent, dropped their overall record to 7-25.
Game 1 - Dakota State (S.D.) 4, Presentation (S.D.) 1 - BOX SCORE
The Trojans earned the first lead of the game in the opening inning. Lexy Miller reached on base caused by PC's defensive error. She advanced to second base on a stolen base. Elizabeth Rubalcava hit an RBI double to score Miller as DSU grabbed a 1-0 lead.
Dakota State added two runs in the top sixth frame. Deen hit a double with one out for the Trojans. Chelsey John recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Deen to third base. Audrey Lorenz recorded an RBI single to score Deen to give DSU a 2-0 lead. Miller hit a single to advance Lorenz to second base with two outs. The Trojans made it 3-0 when Rubalcava hit an RBI single to score Miller.
Renaye Gamson opened the top seventh with a single. She swiped to second base. Slibowski hit an RBI single to score Gamson as DSU's lead grew to 4-0.
Presentation broke their scoreless drought in the bottom seventh frame caused by DSU's defensive error. The Trojans secured the game as PC left one runner on base.
Rubalcava and Slibowski each had a double and a single for Dakota State. Rubalcava produced two RBIs. Lorenz had three singles. Gamson added two singles. Deen had a double. Miller, Brittany Hill and Bretton Lien each had a hit.
Miller and Gamson each had one stolen base for DSU.
Hannah Phillips, Kelli Boekelheide and Danielle Naumann each had a single for the Saints.
The Trojans outhit the Saints 13-3 in the game.
Deen (5-3) tossed a complete game victory for Dakota State. She limited PC to one unearned run on three hits. Deen broke a new DSU school record with 14 strikeouts (the previous old record mark was 12 strikeouts set by Jeny Garst versus Presentation on April 7, 2005).
Naumann (3-13) suffered the loss for Presentation. She pitched a complete game and allowed four runs (one unearned) on 13 hits.
Game 2 - Dakota State (S.D.) 8, Presentation (S.D.) 2 - BOX SCORE
Dakota State trailed by two runs and rallied back in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Saints opened up with a 2-0 lead in the bottom first inning, thanks to Boekelheide's 2-RBI double.
Rubalcava hit an RBI single to score John to give DSU their first run of the game in the top third frame. The Trojans trimmed PC's lead to 2-1.
The Trojans tied the game at 2-2 in the top fourth inning caused by Saints' defensive miscue.
Dakota State exploded for five runs in the top half of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie game into a five-run lead. John produced an RBI single to score Lori Harshbarger (pinch runner for Shai-Lee Hill after she opened the inning with a single) as DSU gained a 3-2 lead. Rubalcava added an RBI single to score John for a 4-2 lead in favor of the Trojans. Brittany Hill blasted a 2-run home run as the Trojans expanded their lead to 6-2. After Gamson hit a double to center field, Slibowski recorded an RBI single to score Gamson to extend Trojans' lead to 7-2.
DSU added a run in the top seventh inning to earn an 8-2 lead.
Presentation left one runner on base when the game ended as the Trojans sealed the victory.
Brittany Hill was 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run and two singles for Dakota State. She extended her hitting streak to 13 games. Rubalcava, Gamson and Slibowski each had two hits. Lorenz, Miller, Shai-Lee Hill and John each had a single.
Rubalcava and Brittany Hill each produced two singles for DSU. Slibowski and Miller each swiped one base.
Boekelheide had a double and two RBIs for the Saints. Jacque Trost added a double. Phillips, Kelsey Schmidt and Mariah Holman each had a single.
Slibowski (9-6) earned the pitching victory for the Trojans. She pitched a complete game and allowed two runs on five hits. Slibowski struck out 10 PC's batters.
Shelby Anderson (4-5) recorded the loss for Presentation. She tossed a complete game and gave up eight runs (two unearned) on 13 hits.
Dakota State returns home on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans welcome Jamestown (N.D.) in an Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference doubleheader. First game of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m. at Thue Softball Complex in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director