MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University softball team concluded their six-game home stand on Sunday at the Thue Softball Complex. The Trojans were swept by Mayville State by identical scores of 15-4 in Dakota Athletic Conference doubleheader action.
Dakota State suffered their fourth straight loss. The Trojans fell to 11-12 overall record and 0-8 in DAC conference. Mayville State raised their record to 8-12 and remained the undefeated team in the conference in four games.
Game 1 - Mayville State 15, Dakota State 4 (5 innings)
Candyce Dallas opened the game with a double for the Comets. Cara Delgado hit an RBI single to score Dallas to give Mayville State a 1-0 lead.
MaSU produced a total of 10 runs in the top of the third and fourth innings to extend their lead to 10-0.
Dakota State scored their first run of the game in the bottom fourth frame. Amanda Stevenson hit a single with one out. She swiped two bases. Emily Kulp recorded an RBI ground out to score Amanda Stevenson to trim Comets' lead to 10-1.
In the top of the fifth inning, Mayville State exploded for five runs to make it 15-1.
The Trojans recorded three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jesica Alcala hit a 2-RBI single to score Jayna Ackerman and Alisa Balesteri. Jessica McLane added an RBI ground out to score Alcala. The Comets secured the victory by mercy rule.
Alcala went 1-for-3 with a single, a run scored and recorded two RBIs for DSU. Amanda Stevenson, Kulp and Balesteri each added a single. McLane and Kulp each recorded an RBI.
Mayville State had two triples and six doubles in the game. Elizabeth Best-Still and Delgado each had three RBIs. Dallas, Best-Still and Delgado each had three hits.
The Comets outhit the Trojans 17-4.
Balesteri (4-5) took the loss for DSU. She tossed 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs (two unearned) on nine hits. Brittany Tebbe pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief. She allowed nine runs (one unearned) on eight hits.
Valea Crowder recorded the victory for Mayville State. She pitched three innings and limited DSU to one hit. Ashley VandeVeen worked the final two innings of the game. She gave up four runs on three hits.
Game 2 - Mayville State 15, Dakota State 4 (6 innings)
The Comets scored the first run of the game in the opening inning caused by DSU's defensive error.
DSU scored twice in the bottom of the first frame to grab a 2-1 lead. Natasha Fritz and Ashley Stevenson hit back-to-back singles with one out. Amanda Stevenson hit a 2-RBI triple to score Fritz and Ashley Stevenson.
Katie Corbin hit a trip to open the second inning. A wild pitch by DSU allowed Corbin to score with two out and tied the game at 2-2.
McLane recorded an RBI single to score Sarah Jones as the Trojans regain their lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the second inning.
MaSU used a five-run third inning to grab a 7-3 lead.
Amanda Stevenson hit an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the third inning to cut the Comets' lead to 7-4.
Jessica Flores added an RBI single to score Julie Jackson to extend MaSU's lead to 8-4 in the top of the fifth inning.
Mayville State produced seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to make it 15-4.
Dakota State was unable to score in the bottom sixth frame to extend the game.
Amanda Stevenson was 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple and recorded three RBIs for DSU. Fritz added two singles. McLane, Ashley Stevenson and Ackerman each added a single.
Dallas was 2-for-4 with a triple, a single and recorded four RBIs for the Comets. Best-Still added a double and two singles. Corbin went 3-for-4 with a triple, two singles and three runs scored.
Mayville State recorded 16 hits in the game compared to DSU 7. The Trojans committed five errors in the game.
Jessica Shaw (5-7) was the losing pitcher for the Trojans. She worked the first 5 1/3 innings and allowed 15 runs (four unearned) on 16 hits. Tebbe tossed 2/3 innings in relief.
Crowder pitched a complete game win for MaSU. She gave up four runs on seven hits. Crowder recorded four strikeouts.
Dakota State will step out of the conference play on Tuesday. The Trojans will travel to Vermillion, S.D. to take on University of South Dakota in a non-conference doubleheader. First game is slated to start at 4 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director