KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Dakota State University softball team returned back to action Monday afternoon for the first time since April 7. The Trojans visit Avila (Mo.) in a doubleheader at Zarda Multisport Complex. The Eagles ended DSU's four-game winning streak with a doubleheader sweep by the scores of 5-0 and 3-1.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 12-14. Avila, a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference, improved their overall record to 7-23.
Game 1 - Avila (Mo.) 5, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 - BOX SCORE
The Eagles opened the game with a three-run lead in the bottom first. Darah Matheis reached on base by a walk. She advanced to second base after Maggie Carthen hit a sacrifice bunt. Jennifer Elliot recorded an RBI single to score Matheis to give the Eagles their first lead of the game at 1-0. Caityln Shireman hit a 2-run home run to extend AU's lead to 3-0.
Dakota State looked to bounce back in the top second inning. Brittany Hill opened with a single and advanced to second base after Katie Slibowski's sacrifice bunt. Bretton Lien reached on base by a walk with one out. Shai-Lee Hill recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Brittany Hill to third base and Lien to second base. The Trojans could not convert their scoring opportunity as the Eagles held on to a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles added two runs in the bottom fourth frame to extend their lead to 5-0. DSU committed two errors in the inning.
Brittany Hill had a double in the top sixth inning and advanced Elizabeth Rubalcava to third base with one out. Dakota State was unable to produce a run as the Eagles recorded two straight outs to keep their 5-0 lead.
Avila sealed the game in the final inning as the Trojans went three-and-out.
Brittany Hill was perfect at the plate for the Trojans. She was 3-for-3 with a double and two singles - her 15th multi-hit games this season and her 35th career multi-game. Renaye Gamson added a single. Chelsey John had two walks.
Elliot and Shireman each produced two RBIs for the Eagles. Elliot had two singles. Shireman had a home run. Misel recorded a double and a single. Kayla Grieshaber had a single and swiped one base.
DSU left six runners on base. Avila had five runners left on base.
The Eagles outhit the Trojans 6-4 in the game.
Brittany Hill (0-1) recorded the loss for Dakota State. She tossed 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on two hits. Slibowski pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief. She allowed two unearned runs on four hits. Slibowski struck out six Eagles' batters.
Jennifer Hammonds pitched a complete game victory for Avila. She limited the Trojans to four hits.
Game 2 - Avila (Mo.) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 - BOX SCORE
Both teams were scoreless through the first five innings of the game.
AU exploded for three runs in the bottom sixth inning to earn a three-run lead. Matheis and Carthen hit back-to-back singles to open the bottom sixth. Elliot reached on base caused by DSU's defensive error to set up a bases loaded situation for the Eagles. Shireman hit an RBI single to score Matheis to give AU a 1-0 lead. Hammonds hit an RBI single and Maddy Misel added an RBI fielder's choice as the Eagles' lead grew to 3-0.
Lien hit a single with one out in the top seventh inning. She advanced to second base caused by AU's defensive miscue. Shai-Lee Hill recorded an RBI single to score Lien as the Trojans trimmed their deficit to 3-1. The Eagles secured the game in a double play.
Brittany Hill had a double for the Trojans, extending her hitting streak to nine games. Shai-Lee Hill added a single and an RBI. Audrey Lorenz, Rubalcava and Lien each had a single. Lorenz swiped one base.
Matheis had a triple and a single for the Eagles. Shireman and Hammonds each produced a single and an RBI. Carthen and Elliot each had a single.
AU outhit DSU 6-5. The Trojans committed two defensive errors, while Avila had one defensive error.
Dakota State left five runners on base compared to Eagles four runners left on base.
Slibowski (7-6) recorded the loss for the Trojans. She worked for six innings and allowed three runs (one unearned) on six hits.
Hammonds (5-15) picked up a complete game win for the Eagles. She gave up one run on five hits.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column as they begin their four-game home stand on Thursday. The Trojans host Dordt (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in a doubleheader at Thue Softball Complex. First game of the doubleheader is set for 6 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director