SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Dakota State snapped their three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory in eight innings versus in-state rival Mount Marty in the final day of the Morningside Softball Invitational at SYA Complex Sunday afternoon. The Trojans lost their final game of the invitational to host-team Morningside 6-4.
Dakota State currently stands at 11-14.
The Trojans jumped to a 1-0 lead in the opening inning versus the Lancers. DSU added three more runs to extend their lead to 3-0 in the top of the second inning.
MMC scored twice in the bottom fourth frame to cut DSU's lead to 3-2. The Lancers tied the game at 3-3 with one run scored in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Both teams were unable to score in the sixth and seventh innings as the game went into extra innings.
The Trojans scored twice in the top of the eighth inning for a 5-3 lead. The Lancers scored once, but DSU held on for the victory.
Taylor Mackey was tabbed the winning pitcher for the Trojans. Jenna Peters recorded the loss for the Lancers.
In the final game of the tournament, Morningside scored three times in the bottom of the first inning for a 3-0 lead. The Mustangs added two runs in the bottom second frame to extend their lead to 5-0.
MC scored once in the bottom fourth inning for a 6-0 lead.
Dakota State broke their scoring drought with two runs scored in the top of the sixth inning to cut Mustangs' lead to 6-2.
The Trojans scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to trim their deficit to 6-4. DSU was unable to complete the comeback as they left two runners on base.
Leslie Neiman and Brittany Hill each had two hits for DSU. Renaye Gamson and Jessica McLane each added a hit.
Alyssa Louison, Michelle Brockamp, Courtney Vaughn and Jordan Johnson each had two hits for the Mustangs. Emily Wassom and Brandi Burke each added a hit.
Mackey recorded the loss for the Trojans. She tossed six innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits.
Johnson pitched a complete game victory for Morningside. She allowed four unearned runs on six hits. Johnson struck out seven DSU's batters.
Dakota State returns home on Tuesday night. The Trojans host their in-state rival University of Sioux Falls in a doubleheader. First game is slated to start at 5 p.m. at Thue Softball Complex.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director