Tigers split softball doubleheaders in Aberdeen
ABERDEEN—Dakota Wesleyan University was originally slated to host Great Plains Athletic Conference softball doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at Drake Field, but snow moved those games to the Presentation Dome.
On Saturday, DWU started strong by sweeping Hastings 6-3 and 12-2, before falling to Doane, 10-1 and 3-2 on Sunday.
DWU racks up 20 hits on Hastings
In Game 1 on Saturday against Hastings (10-18, 2-8 GPAC), the Tigers faced a 2-0 hole in the fifth inning, but they managed to score three runs with two outs. Adriana Thomason recorded an RBI single, before Amber Budmark gave DWU the lead on a two-run home run.
Thomason—who went 3-for-4—would plate two more runs on a single in the fourth, while Andriana Sprakel scored on an errant throw to send the Tigers to the 6-3 victory.
Mitchell native Alyson VanderPol picked up the win in the circle, surrendering three runs on five hits and four strikeouts in six innings.
In the second game, Budmark launched another two-run blast to give DWU a quick 2-0 lead, while Chaydon Metzger added a solo homer in the second. The Tigers score four runs on five hits in the third on RBI singles from VanderPol, Karly Severance, Sierra Haage and Stephanie Gabel in a 12-2 rout.
Haage got the win, allowing two runs on seven hits and six strikeouts in five innings of work.
Budmark finished the series 4-for-8 with seven RBIs, while Thomason went 5-for-6 with three RBIs.
Bats go cold as Doane sweeps DWU
DWU couldn't carry the momentum into Sunday's twin billing against Doane, as the Tigers were limited to a total of six hits.
Doane scored seven runs in the first inning and three more in the second to take a 10-0 lead in Game 1 and DWU could not recover in the 10-1 loss.
Metzger drove in the lone Tiger run in the fourth inning on an RBI single.
In the second game, DWU (11-25, 6-10) had just two hits, but managed to tie the game in the tie the game on a two-run single by Thomason in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
Doane (15-17, 7-5) scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to regain the lead and the Tigers were shut down in order to drop a 3-2 game.
Haage pitched all eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.
DWU faces Northwestern College in a doubleheader, beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Orange City, Iowa.