DICKINSON, N.D. – Dickinson State split a pair of games on Sunday (Mar. 16) against Doane College and the University of British Columbia. The Blue Hawks fell in game one to Doane, 1-0, before defeating British Columbia, 7-5. Dickinson State is now 5-5 on the season.
Janell LaRont got the call for the Blue Hawks and faced off against Ellie Doughty. LaRont went 3.2 innings and surrendered the lone run on five hits. Doughty tossed a shutout and allowed just four hits.
Both pitchers kept things quiet until the top of the fourth, when Doughty got into a jam. Doughty hit Rebecca Lopez with two outs and then allowed a single to Alex Vargas. Lopez then stole third to put runners on the corners. Lindsey Sullivan drew a free pass to load the bases. Doughty picked up a strike out to work her way out of the jam and preserve the 0-0 ball game.
Doane's offense struck in the bottom half of the fourth. Nichole Diaz doubled with one out and was quickly driven home on a single by Sam Valadez. That would the game's only offense.
In game two against the University of British Columbia, Dickinson State would come from behind. Regan Lawrence got the start for the Blue Hawks.
Dickinson State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. With one out Vargas singled and a two out single by Brianna Grayson put two runners aboard. Kailey Olcottreached on a wild throw and Vargas trotted home. Grayson scored on a stolen base.
British Columbia got one back in the bottom half of the inning, as the first three batters reached. Yasmin Bains drove in Carlyn Shimizu on a single.
The bottom of the third inning saw British Columbia post a crooked number. Shimizu reached on a walk to lead off. Kostelecky replaced Lawrence in the circle, but Shayla Kaplen greeted her with a single. Cassandra Dypchey then singled to drive home Shimizu. Alana Westerhof followed that with a single to load the bases with the game tied 2-2. Lindsey Ogilvie drew a free pass, which allowed Kaplen to score and give British Columbia a 3-2 lead. Bains drove in two more on a single. Lawrence came back to pitch for the Blue Hawks and struck out the next two hitters to end the inning, but British Columbia staked out a 5-2 lead.
Dickinson State would not wait long to even things back up. In the top of the fourth a one out walk by Sullivan gave way to single from Grayson. Olcott singled to load the bases. McKenzie Kenobbie drove home two with a base hit and making it a one run game. Following a fielder's choice, Justeena Gutierrez drove in Kenobbie with a single to even the score at 5-5.
The Blue Hawks would break the tie the next inning. Lopez doubled to lead off and was sacrificed over by Vargas. Sullivan grounded out, but drove in Lopez to give Dickinson State a 6-5 lead. The Blue Hawks would add one more run for good measure in the top of the sixth.
Lawrence recorded all 21 outs for Dickinson State, allowed just one run, and struck out four. Gutierrez was 3-for-4 with two runs driven in. Grayson went 4-for-4 and scored twice. Kenobbie drove in two runners.
The Blue Hawks will be back on the field on Wednesday (Mar. 19) when they play Southwestern and Huntington.