YORK, Neb. - Dakota State jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first softball game with York (Neb.) Saturday at Miller Park. The Trojans held on to a 6-4 victory to end their six-game losing skid. York defeated DSU 2-0 in the second game of the doubleheader to earn a split.
Dakota State's overall record currently stands at 13-22. York is 17-22.
Game 1 - Dakota State 6, York (Neb.) 4
Dakota State exploded for three runs in the top of the second inning to gain their first lead of the game. Lexy Miller hit an RBI single to score Emily Kulp. Jessica McLane scored the second run of the game caused by York's defensive error. Alisa Balesteri hit an RBI sacrifice bunt to score Miller to give Trojans a 3-0 lead.
DSU opened the top third inning with three straight hits. Taylor Mackey reached on base by a single to center field. Brittany Hill hit a double and advanced Mackey to third base. Kulp recorded an RBI single to score Mackey to make it 4-0 in favor of the Trojans. Miller added an RBI fielder's choice and scored Hill. Chelsea Kruse hit an RBI single to score Miller for a 6-0 DSU lead.
York broke their scoring drought in the bottom third frame as they produced four runs and five hits, including two doubles by Christina Hubl and Britney Curry. The Trojans committed three errors in the bottom third inning.
Both teams were unable to score in the last four innings of the game. DSU secured the win as York went three-and-out in the final inning.
Miller hit a single, scored twice and produced two RBIs for the Trojans. She swiped one base. Hill and Gamson each had a double. Mackey, Kulp, and Kruse each recorded a single.
Arica Reeves was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs for the Panthers. Lexi Paspalof, Curry, Hubl and Corrine Pearl each had a double. Brittanie Shaw and Katelyn Graeser each recorded a single.
Both teams committed three errors in the game.
Brittany Tebbe started the game for DSU. She pitched two-plus innings and allowed three runs (one unearned) on six hits. Mackey recorded the victory as she worked five innings in relief. She limited York to one unearned run on two hits.
Taby Cramer (5-8) suffered the loss for York. She tossed two innings and gave up five runs (two unearned) on four hits. Jessie Griffith pitched five innings in relief and allowed one unearned run on two hits.
Game 2 - York (Neb.) 2, Dakota State 0
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, York hit back-to-back doubles by Maicey Madden and Tiffany Cole to earn a 2-0 lead.
DSU was unable to score in the final inning. The Trojans left two runners on base when the game ended.
Leslie Neiman and Hill each had two singles for Dakota State. Gamson and Miller each added a single.
Cole and Madden each had a double and an RBI for the Panthers. Curry, Pearl and Riannon Romero each added a single.
The Trojans left 11 runners on base. York had six runners left on base.
Mackey (7-14) took the loss for DSU as she pitched a complete game. She allowed two runs on five hits.
Cole (7-12) worked six plus innings in victory for the Panthers. She gave up six hits and six walks. Jessie Griffith came in the seventh inning in relief. She worked one shutout inning to record her second save of the season.
Dakota State concludes their regular-season action on Tuesday evening. The Trojans visit their in-state rival University of Sioux Falls in a doubleheader. First game of the doubleheader is set for 5 p.m. at Harmodon Park.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director