MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University softball team returned home Saturday to conclude their regular season home. The Trojans hosted Jamestown College in their final Dakota Athletic Conference four-game series at the windy Thue Softball Complex. DSU took the lead early in both games, but the Jimmies used late rally to sweep DSU 10-4 and 13-6.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 13-22 and 1-15 in the DAC. Jamestown snapped their eight-game losing record and improved their record to 16-30 and 8-12 in the conference.
Game 1 - Jamestown 10, Dakota State 4
Dakota State scored its first two runs of the game in the opening inning caused by JC's defensive error.
The Jimmies hit two home runs in the top of the second inning. Erica Rush opened the inning with a solo home run. Cassie Hite added a 2-run home run to give Jamestown a 3-2 lead.
The Trojans tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third frame caused by the Jimmies' defensive error.
DSU's Jesica Alcala hit a triple with one out in the fourth inning. Natasha Fritz recorded an RBI single to score Alcala as the Trojans regain their lead to 4-3.
Jamestown put together three runs in the top fifth frame to overtake the lead at 6-4.
JC added two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to secure the win.
Alcala went 2-for-4 behind the plate for Dakota State. She had a triple, a single and two runs scored. Fritz, Ashley Stevenson, Amanda Stevenson, Jayna Ackerman and Leslie Neiman each added a single. Amanda Stevenson had three walks.
For Jamestown, Hite was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, a single and recorded three RBIs. Rush was perfect behind the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run and two singles. Heather Haegele added a triple and a single. Amber Orizotti had a double.
JC outhit the Trojans 13-7. The Trojans left 10 runners on base compared to Jimmies' eight.
Alisa Balesteri (6-9) took the loss for DSU. She worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed six runs on 11 hits. Jessica Shaw pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief. She gave up four runs (three unearned) on two hits.
Steph Bolt (7-9) tossed a complete game win for the Jimmies. She gave up four runs (three unearned) on seven hits. She recorded nine strikeouts.
Game 2 - Jamestown 13, Dakota State 6
After two scoreless innings, Dakota State produced four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Ackerman hit an RBI single to score Balesteri to score its first run of the game. Alcala scored by a wild pitch by JC to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead. Jessica McLane added a 2-RBI single to score Ashley Stevenson and Ackerman to extend DSU's lead to 4-0.
Hite recorded a 2-RBI double to score Celene Eccles and Kelsie Jensen as JC trimmed the Trojans' lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth frame.
DSU added a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 5-2. Alcala hit an RBI single to score Sarah Jones (pinch runner for Emily Kulp).
Haegele hit a 2-run home run in the top fifth inning as JC cut their deficit to 5-4. The Jimmies tied the game at 5-5 by Jensen's RBI single to score Megan Stepro.
In the top of the sixth inning, Jamestown exploded for six runs to take a 11-5 lead. The Jimmies added two runs in the final inning to make it 13-5.
Ackerman hit an RBI single to score Ashley Stevenson in the bottom seventh inning for DSU, but could not complete a come back.
Ackerman was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Dakota State. Alcala added two singles and an RBI. McLane had a single and two RBIs. Fritz, Ashley Stevenson, Kendra Knudson and Kulp each had a single.
Haegele was 3-for-5 with a home run, two singles and two RBIs for JC. Eccles added a triple, a single and two RBIs. Jensen recorded three singles. Hite had two singles and swiped two bases.
Brittany Tebbe started the game for the Trojans. She pitched four innings and gave up five runs on four hits. Shaw (5-12) recorded the loss. She tossed the final three innings of the game and allowed eight runs (three unearned) on nine hits.
Jessica Lees (5-10) tossed a complete game victory for JC. She allowed six runs (four unearned) on 10 hits. She struck out seven batters.
Dakota State looks to conclude their regular season on a winning note. The Trojans host Jamestown in DAC doubleheader finale. First game is slated to start at 11 a.m. at Thue Softball Complex.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director