DICKINSON, N.D. -- The Blue Hawks split their games on Saturday (Mar. 15) against Olivet Nazarene and the University of British Columbia. Dickinson State dropped game one to Olivet, 8-2, but took game two from British Columbia, 8-7. The Blue Hawks are now 3-5.
Regan Lawrence got the start for the Blue Hawks and Olivet countered with Caitlin Santefort.
Olivet Nazarene opened the scoring in the first inning on a passed ball that scored Justine Phillips. Cheryl Sendzik hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Jordyn Truelock and a 2-0 Olivet advantage.
Dickinson State got one back in the bottom half of the inning. Janell LaRont led off with a double and was moved over on a sacrifice bunt. Alex Vargas hit a chopper and LaRont beat the throw to the plate to cut the deficit to one.
In the top of the third Olivet struck again. Phillips singled and stole second, before moving to third on a ground out. She would score on a wild pitch, giving Olivet a 3-1 lead.
Olivet struck thrice in the top of the fifth inning and twice in the top of the seventh to push an 8-1 lead.
The Blue Hawks pushed one run across in the bottom of the seventh on a single from Vargas that plated LaRont.
LaRont finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Monique Yslas went 2-for-3. Vargas,Rebecca Lopez, Lindsey Sullivan, and Shelby Ries each picked up a hit. Vargas drove in two runs. Lawrence scattered six runs, three runs, over five innings of work. She struck out six hitters and allowed five hits.
In game two the Blue Hawks held off the University of British Columbia, 8-7.
LaRont got the call and three innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits. Lawrence came on in relief and recorded the win. She went two innings and struck out three hitters.
In the top of the first inning Yslas led things off with a single to right field and then stole second. After a sacrifice by Justeena Gutierrez, LaRont squeezed Yslas home and reached first.
British Columbia pushed a run home in the second on an error that allowed Yasmin Bains to score and cut the deficit to 2-1.
In the bottom of the third British Columbia's bats got hot. Carlyn Shimizu started the inning off with a single. Shyla Kaplen flew out for the first out of the inning. Cassandra Dypchey singled to center, putting runners on first and second. Alana Westerhof walked to load the bases. With the bases loaded and one down, Bains singled driving home Shimizu and Dypchey. Westerhof would score on an error to give British Columbia a 4-2 lead.
Grayson doubled and Olcott drove her in with a single in the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-3.
British Columbia exploded for another big inning. Leanne Jung led off with a single. Dickinson State skipper Kristen Fleury lifted LaRont for Tiffany Morgan. Shimizu greeted her with a single. After Kaplen sacrificed the runners over and Dypchey popped out, Westerhof loaded the bases on a walk. Bains doubled to center driving in all three runners. British Columbia took a 7-3 lead into the top of the fifth.
The Blue Hawks' bats came alive in the fifth. A leadoff walk by Yslas, gave way to a double by Gutierrez. With runners on second and third LaRont singled to score Yslas. LaRont then stole second to put ducks on the pond for Lopez. Lopez singled to score Gutierrez; LaRont was held at third. Lopez stole second, placing runners on second and third. A squeeze play by Vargas scored LaRont. Lopez then scored on a Grayson pop out to even the score at 7-7.
In the top of the sixth Yslas singled with two outs. Gutierrez then singled to put two runners aboard. LaRont singled to drive in Yslas and give Dickinson State an 8-7 lead, which the Blue Hawks would preserve for victory.
Yslas went 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Gutierrez was 3-for-3 with a run scored. LaRont had a 3-for-4 tab, with three RBIs. Lopez had a hit and a RBI. Grayson went 2-for-4 with RBI. Claudia Torres went 1-for-4. Olcott was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.
The Blue Hawks will be back on the field Sunday (Mar. 16) when they play Doane College and Tabor College.