MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State cruised past Presentation (S.D.) in a doubleheader sweep Sunday afternoon at Thue Softball Complex. The Trojans scored in double digits in both games - 20-3 and 11-1 - to complete a four-game series sweep over the Saints. Head coach Ken Prorok earned his 100th victory at DSU after the second game, which he extended the most wins in Trojan softball program history.
Dakota State won their fourth straight game to move back to .500 with an overall record of 12-12. Presentation, a member of NCAA Division III independent school, dropped their overall record to 7-19.
The Trojans scored in double digits in each of the four-game series with the Saints. DSU outscored PC 57-13 in the four-game series.
Game 1 - Dakota State (S.D.) 20, Presentation (S.D.) 3 (5 innings) - BOX SCORE
Presentation earned its first lead of the game in the opening inning with two runs scored. Shelby Anderson reached on base by DSU's defensive error to open the game. Sarah Hendricks recorded a walk with one out and advanced Anderson to second base. Kelli Boekelheide hit a fielder's choice as Anderson was out at third base. Danielle Naumann hit an RBI single to score Hendricks for Saints' first run of the game. Steph Mastel added an RBI single to score Boekelheide as PC extended their lead to 2-0.
The Trojans answered back with two runs score in the bottom first frame. Audrey Lorenz started with a single. After Renaye Gamson hit a fly out, Lorenz advanced to second base on a stolen base. Elizabeth Rubalcava was hit-by-pitch. Brittany Hill produced an RBI single to score Lorenz for DSU's first run of the game. Rubalcava scored with two outs caused by PC's defensive error as DSU tied the game at 1-1.
After two quick outs in the bottom second, Lorenz reached safely on base by PC's defensive miscue. Gamson hit an RBI double to score Lorenz as DSU gained their first lead of the game at 3-2. The Trojans made it 4-2 after Rubalcava recorded an RBI single to score Gamson.
DSU scored six times in the bottom third inning to expand their lead by eight runs. Lorenz had a 2-RBI single. Rubalcava and Brittany Hill each added an RBI double in the inning. Katie Slibowski hit an RBI single as DSU's lead grew to 10-2.
The Trojans recorded six singles and two doubles (eight hits) to produce 10 runs along with PC's three defensive errors in the bottom fourth frame. DSU's lead had expanded to the largest lead of the game at 20-2.
Presentation ended their scoring drought in the top fifth inning by Mastel's RBI single. The Trojans ended the game due to mercy run rule.
Gamson had two doubles, a single and two RBIs for the Trojans. Brittany Hill was 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, three singles and recorded three RBIs. Lorenz added a double, two singles and produced five RBIs. She swiped one base. Rubalcava, Slibowski and Lexy Miller each had two hits. Samantha Deen and Chelsey John each added a single.
Lorenz, Rubalcava and John each scored three times for Dakota State. Gamson, Brittany Hill, Bretton Lien and Miller each had two runs scored. Slibowski, Deen and Lori Harshbarger each scored once.
Anderson and Mastel each had two singles for Presentation. Mastel recorded two RBIs. Naumann had a single and an RBI. Hannah Phillips added a single. Hendricks scored twice.
The Trojans outhit the Saints 18-6 in the game. PC committed six defensive errors while DSU had two defensive errors.
Both teams left seven runners on base.
Deen (3-3) tossed a complete game victory for DSU. She allowed three unearned runs on six hits. Deen struck out six PC's batters.
Naumann (3-12) recorded the loss for the Saints. She gave up 20 runs (nine unearned) on 18 hits.
Game 2 - Dakota State (S.D.) 11, Presentation (S.D.) 1 (5 innings) - BOX SCORE
Lorenz hit a single to open the bottom first frame. She advanced to second base after Gamson recorded a sacrifice bunt. Rubalcava grounded out to second and advanced Lorenz to third base. Brittany Hill hit an RBI single to score Lorenz to give DSU a 1-0 lead.
Presentation tied the game at 1-1 in the top second frame. Hendricks recorded a walk to start the inning. She advanced to second when Naumann hit a sacrifice bunt. Mastel produced an RBI double to score Hendricks.
Lien hit a single in the bottom second inning. Shai-Lee Hill recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Lien to second base. Miller reached on base after PC's defensive error while Lien advanced to third base (Miller advanced to second base on a stolen base). Lien scored caused by Saints' defensive miscue as the Trojans regain their lead at 2-1. Lorenez hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Miller as DSU extended their lead to 3-1.
DSU's offense exploded for eight runs scored in the bottom third frame as their lead grew to 11-1. The Trojans had three doubles from Brittany Hill, Lien and Gamson along with five walks issued by PC. Dakota State added two singles from Miller and Brittany Hill.
The Saints went three-and-out in the top fifth inning as DSU secured the victory, giving their head coach Prorok their 100th coaching victory milestone at Dakota State.
DSU's Brittany Hill was perfect at the plate for the second straight game (7-for-7 overall for the day). She had a double, two singles in three at-bats appearances and produced four RBIs. Lien and Lorenz each had two hits. Gamson had a double. Miller added a single.
Lorenz, Rubalcava, Lien and Miller each scored twice in the game for Dakota State.
Lorenz and Gamson each had two RBIs for the Trojans. Lien and John each had an RBI.
Miller swiped two bases for DSU. John recorded a stolen base.
PC was held to two hits in the game. Mastel had a double and an RBI. Anderson added a single.
The Trojans outhit the Saints 9-2 in the game. Presentation committed three defensive errors.
Slibowski (7-5) notched the victory on the pitching mound for DSU. She pitched four innings and allowed one run on two hits. She recorded four strikeouts. Lien tossed a shutout fifth inning as she struck out three consecutive PC's batters.
Anderson (4-5) suffered the loss for Presentation. She worked the first 2 2/3 innings and gave up 11 runs (three unearned) on eight hits. Naumann pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief. She gave up a hit.
Dakota State continues their home stand on Wednesday. The Trojans are scheduled to host their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan in a doubleheader. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Thue Softball Complex in Madison.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director