SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Dakota State bounced back in the winning column Thursday late afternoon at Loden Softball Complex. The Trojans held on to a pair of two-run victories over a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference foe, Dordt (Iowa). DSU posted a doubleheader sweep by the scores of 9-7 and 5-3, handing the Defenders their 13th and 14th straight defeat.
Dakota State moved back to .500 after the victories with an overall record of 14-14. Dordt (Iowa) dropped their overall record to 6-29.
Game 1 - Dakota State (S.D.) 9, Dordt (Iowa) 7 - BOX SCORE
After a scoreless first inning, the Trojans lit the scoreboard first in the top second frame with two runs scored. Brittany Hill hit a single to open the inning. Renaye Gamson reached on base by DC's defensive error and advanced Brittany Hill to second base. Bretton Lien recorded an RBI single to score Brittany Hill for the Trojans' first run and lead of the game (advanced Gamson to third base). Gamson scored by Dordt's passed ball to extend DSU's lead to 2-0.
Sidney Larson had an RBI single in the bottom second inning as Dordt cut the Trojans' lead to 2-1.
Trojan Lexy Miller made safely to first base by DC's defensive miscue to start the third frame. Elizabeth Rubalcava smashed an RBI triple to score Miller. Rubalcava scored by Defender's defensive error as the Trojans' lead grew to 4-1.
Brittany Kooiker blasted a 2-run home run in the bottom third as the Dordt trimmed their deficit to 4-3.
DSU added a run in the top fifth inning. Brittany Hill recorded a single with one out. She advanced to second base after Katie Slibowski's double to center field. Lien hit an RBI single to score Brittany Hill to give DSU a 5-3 lead.
Shantelle Gritters opened the bottom fifth inning with a walk. Kooiker hit a double to left-center and advanced Gritters to third base. The Defenders successfully converted their two scoring opportunities after Haley Hisman and Bethany Dykstra each hit an RBI ground out to tie the game at 5-5.
Dakota State exploded for four runs in the top sixth inning to break a 5-5 tie into a four-run lead. Chelsey John hit a single to open the inning. John scored after DC committed an error as Audrey Lorenz reach safely on second base, regaining DSU's lead to 6-5. Miller hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Lorenz to third base. Rubalcava recorded an RBI ground out to score Lorenz to add to the Trojans' lead to 7-5. Brittany Hill reached on base by a single. Gamson added a walk and advanced Brittany Hill to second base. Slibowski and Lien each hit back-to-back RBI singles (scored Brittany Hill and Gamson) to expand Trojans' lead to 9-5.
The Defenders put together a late rally in the final inning. Kookier hit a double to start the inning. She scored caused by DSU's defensive miscue to cut DSU's lead to 9-6. Larson added an RBI double as DC trimmed their deficit to 9-7. The Trojans prevented DC's comeback as the Defenders left two runners on base when the game ended.
Brittany Hill and Lien each went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Trojans. Brittany Hill scored three times. Lien produced three RBIs. Slibowski and Lorenz each had a double and a single. Rubalcava had a triple and two RBIs.
Kooker recorded two doubles, a home run and recorded two RBIs for the Defenders. Rinehart added three singles and a stolen base. Bethany Dykstra had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Larsen had a double, a single and two RBIs.
Both teams left eight runners on base.
DSU outhit Dordt 12-11 in the game. The Defenders committed four errors compared to DSU one error.
Lori Harshbarger started on the pitching mound for Dakota State. She tossed 2 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Samantha Deen (4-3) picked up the victory in relief. She pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs (two unearned) on six hits. Deen struck out five DC's batters.
Larsen (5-15) recorded the loss for Dordt. She pitched a complete game and gave up nine runs (seven unearned) on 12 hits. She recorded six strikeouts.
Game 2 - Dakota State (S.D.) 5, Dordt (Iowa) 3 - BOX SCORE
Dakota State and Dordt were unable to score in the first four innings of the game.
The Trojans recorded their first hits of the game in the top fourth inning as Gamson and Slibowski hit back-to-back singles, but was unable to convert their scoring opportunities.
DSU produced four runs in the top fifth frame to open up a four-run lead. Shai-Lee Hill reached on base by a walk to open the inning. Harshbarger, pinch runner for Shai-Lee Hill, advanced to second base after John's sacrifice bunt. Lorenz made to first base by a walk. Miller recorded a bunt single to set up a bases loaded and one-out situation for the Trojans. Rubalcava hit a 2-RBI single to score Harshbarger and Lorenz as DSU earned a 2-0 lead. Brittany Hill and Gamson hit back-to-back RBI singles to extend DSU's lead to 4-0.
Dykstra and Larsen hit back-to-back singles to start the bottom fifth inning for the Defenders. Jayden Smolders recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Dykstra to third base and Larsen to second base. Selena Rinehart produced an RBI ground out to score Dykstra for DC's first run of the game (4-1 DSU lead).
The Trojans added a run in the top sixth frame caused by Defender's defensive error. DSU's lead grew to four run by the score of 5-1.
Dordt scored two times in the bottom sixth inning to cut Trojans' lead to 5-3.
Dakota State sealed the game by producing a double play. DC left one runner on base when the game ended.
Miller and Gamson each had two singles for the Trojans. Rubalcava had a single and recorded two RBIs. Brittany Hill had a single and an RBI, extending her hitting streak to 11 straight games. Slibowski and Shai-Lee Hill each added a hit. Lorenz, Rubalcava and Lien each had two walks.
The Trojans swiped five bases in the game - two by Lexy Miller. Slibowski, Gamson and Brittany Hill each had a stolen base.
Dykstra recorded two singles for the Defenders. Ashley VanKooten, Kooiker, Larsen and Smolders each had a single. Dykstra and Rinehart each had an RBI.
Dakota State left 11 runners on base compared to DC's four runners left on base.
The Trojans recorded eight hits in the game, while the Defenders had six hits.
Slibowski (8-6) tossed a complete game victory for DSU. She allowed three runs on six hits. She recorded seven strikeouts.
Kooiker (1-10) pitched a complete game in losing effort for the Defenders. She gave up five runs (one unearned) on eight hits.
Dakota State looks to extend their winning streak on the road Friday. The Trojans travel to the Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D. for a doubleheader. DSU visits Presentation (S.D.) with the first game scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director