On day two of the 2017 season, the Northern State University softball team earned a sweep with a 10-2 win over Dakota State and a 1-0 extra innings victory against Valley City State. With the two wins, the Wolves improve to 3-1 overall on the year.
Game One – DSU
The Trojans opened play with a lead-off double to right center. After two infield groundouts, Dakota State scored their first run of the contest on a wild pitch.
The Wolves responded in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back homeruns from Katelynn Dilts and Jenna Helgeson. The solo homeruns would be the second of Dilts’ career and a first for Helgeson.
DSU tacked on their second and final run of the game in the top of the second inning off a single to center field and an error, but the Wolves bounced back from the one run deficit in the bottom of the inning as Dilts led off once again with an extra base hit. Helgeson and Rachel Albright tallied singles, followed by an RBI by Kennady Thompson.
Northern State added to their 6-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth with four singles, a homerun by Katie Dawson and two walks. The four runs would be enough to seal the 10-2 victory in five innings.
As a unit, the Wolves tallied ten hits in 25 at bats. Dilts, Helgeson and Dawson each added to NSU’s six homeruns early in the season. Dilts, Helgeson, Albright, and Madison Rutter collected two hits apiece, while Dawson notched three RBIs.
From the mound, Missy Elkins earned her first win of the season after holding the Trojans to just three hits in five innings pitched. Elkins forced 11 groundouts in 19 batters faced.
Game Two – VCSU
Both teams remained locked in at 0-0 through the first seven innings of action. Northern State left nine runners on base throughout regulation play and would continue to stay aggressive on the base paths heading into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Jamie Fisher led off with a single to center. Shayla Steinley pinch ran for Fisher and advanced to second on a stolen base.
With a runner on two and one out, Thompson stepped up to the plate and blasted a walk-off ground rule double to close out the game 1-0 in favor of NSU.
As a team, the Wolves tallied seven hits, led by Rutter with two. Rutter went 2-3 from the plate with six putouts and one assist defensively. Helgeson, Fisher, Thompson, Albright and Dawson each nabbed one hit through eight innings.
Fisher recorded her second victory of the year, holding the Vikings to just five hits in 26 at bats. Fisher picked up seven strikeouts, while forcing nine groundouts and five fly ball outs.
The Wolves will continue action from the National Training Center Games in Clermont, FL, March 3 against Kentucky Wesleyan.
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