DICKINSON, N.D. – Dickinson State picked up two victories on Friday (Mar. 21) against Avila University and Oklahoma Baptist. The Blue Hawks took down Avila, 5-4, and then defeated Oklahoma Baptist 3-1.
Avila scored once in the second, third, fourth, and sixth.
The Blue Hawks tallied two in the first inning on a single by Alex Vargas and a single byBrianna Grayson. They brought home another run in the third when Grayson reached on an infield single and drove in Rebecca Lopez. In the sixth inning Dickinson State scored again.
Tiffany Morgan came in to pinch hit with a runner on third and one out. Morgan ripped a double to center and drove in Grayson, giving the Blue Hawks a 4-3 advantage.
After Avila tied the game the game at 4-4 in the sixth, Dickinson State struck one final time. Monique Yslas led off with a double and was moved over on a sacrifice by Janell LaRont. Lopez drove Yslas home to give Dickinson State a 5-4 lead.
Regan Lawrence earned the win in relief, going one shutout inning. Yslas, LaRont, Lopez, and Morgan each had one hit. Vargas and Grayson each had three knocks. Lopez, Vargas, and Morgan had one RBI; while Grayson added two.
In game two the Blue Hawks got the jump early. In the second inning Lindsey Sullivan singled home Lopez to give Dickinson State a 1-0 lead. The Blue Hawks added another run an inning later, when Vargas singled home Yslas.
After Oklahoma Baptist pushed across their lone run in the fourth, Dickinson State added some insurance in the seventh. LaRont singled and stole second. She was driven in on a single by Vargas, giving the Blue Hawks a 3-1 lead.
Lawrence went the distance for Dickinson State, allowing just one run on four hits. She struck out 10 hitters. Vargas notched three hits and had two runs batted in. LaRont scored a run and had a pair of hits. Sullivan was 2-for-2 with a run driven in.
Dickinson State will be back on the field Saturday (Mar. 22) when they take on Oklahoma Baptist University and Valley City State in their final two games in Tucson, Ariz.