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DWU softball team opens season 5-5

TUCSON, Ariz. — Ed Kieff was pleased with his team’s performance during spring break last week.

The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team began its season by going 5-5 in Tucson, Ariz., including an upset win over No. 22 Park University.

The Tigers are already ahead of last year’s start, which saw them go 0-16.

“There’s a lot of positives that came from this week, but as always there’s things you can improve on,” DWU softball coach Ed Kieff said. “We were happy with some things we saw.”

In the win over Park University Wednesday, DWU scored three runs in the sixth to pull away for the 3-2 win. Park led 2-0 after the top of the third inning, but couldn’t hold off the Tigers.

Danielle Klassen had two hits in the win for DWU, which had five total hits compared to Park’s 10.

Jill Dickson threw all seven innings, giving up two runs on 10 hits while striking out five. Kieff said he’s looking to Dickson to do big things on the mound this season.

“She did extremely well and I think she can carry us through conference,” he said. “But we definitely need our other pitchers to step up.”

Several years ago over spring break, the Tigers faced teams that were 20 games into their season. This year in Tucson, DWU faced teams that were just beginning their seasons, like the Tigers.

“Knowing we were playing a lot of northern teams, helped us,” Kieff said. “We were in the same part of our season.”

DWU averaged 2.6 runs over its first 10 games, which is something Kieff knows his team must improve on as the season progresses.

“We need to produce at the plate and score more runs,” he said. “We want to make a strong run for the conference title this year and that’s been our goal since day one. To do that, we need to get more hits and score more runs.”

The Tigers are back in action Saturday when they host Hastings College in their home opener and first Great Plains Athletic Conference action of the season. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. at Cadwell Park Sports Complex.

DWU baseball team ties school record for spring break wins

TUCSON, Ariz. — The DWU baseball team tied the school record for wins on its annual spring break trip for the second straight season.

Last week in Tucson, Ariz., the Tigers went 8-4. On the trip, DWU picked up wins against Kansas Wesleyan University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Missouri Valley College, University of Winnipeg, Olivet Nazarene and Valley City State University.

The Tigers (10-8) travel to play Dakota State University at 2 p.m. Thursday in Madison.