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DWU softball splits with NWU at home

The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team’s five-game win streak came to a halt Friday as it dropped a 3-0 decision to Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Nebraska Wesleyan in the first game of a doubleheader at McWhirter field in Mitchell. The Tigers bounced back by taking game two 4-3.

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“All around, I think we played as well as we had been playing. We just couldn’t get enough hits in the first game,” DWU softball coach Ed Kieff said. “But I am really happy with where we are at right now and it is nice to be above .500.”

The Tigers (15-11) were held scoreless in the first game by Chaley Hamilton, who went the distance, scattering six hits across seven innings. Wesleyan got three hits in the first inning, but could not push a run across. NWU broke the scoring drought in the top of the third with a two-run triple from Kayal Randel.

Katie Anderus and Lindy Snook led the way for DWU with two hits apiece. Hailey Unger and Vanessa Mendez each had one hit, while Jill Dickson pitched all seven innings for the Tigers. Dickson gave up three runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two.

DWU got a complete-game performance from Lorissa Loeppky in the second game. Loeppky came away with the win and gave up three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out four and walking four.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and DWU clinging to a one-run lead, Loeppky struck out Hamilton.

Kieff said his squad improved offensively in the second game. The Tigers came away with eight hits led by Unger, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Danielle Klassen, who went 3-for-4.

DWU is two games shy of tying a school record for wins at 17.

The Tigers get their first chance at tying the record in a GPAC doubleheader against Morningside College at 3 p.m. Monday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell.