TUCSON, Ariz. — Rebecca Lopez’s three-run double to left field in the sixth inning broke a tie and lifted the Dickinson State softball team to a victory over Siena Heights (Mich.) on Saturday at the Tucson Invitational.
Lopez put the Blue Hawks in the lead and they held on for an 8-5 victory. DSU lost its second game of the day to Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 9-0 in five innings.
DSU tied the game against Sienna Heights when Kristy Ortiz belted a one-out double to right that scored Taysia Kaufman to make it 5-5.
Alex Vargas drove in two runs on a double to left-center to give DSU a three-run lead in the third.
Nicole Labato took over at pitcher for the Blue Hawks in the third inning and scattered three hits over the next 3 1/3 innings to keep the Saints (7-7) off balance and give DSU a chance for a comeback.
The Blue Hawks (4-4) didn’t have the same magic against Olivet Nazarene. They had just five hits and gave up 10.
Hannah Gardner went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the 12th-ranked Tigers (13-1). Justin Phillips had a triple and a RBI double.
Kaufman, Vargas, Lopez, Monique Yslas and Justeena Gutierrez all went 1-for-2 for DSU. Kaufman started in the circle and took the loss.
Dickinson State 8, Siena Heights (Mich.) 5
DSU 103 004 0 — 8 8 3
SHU 100 400 0 — 5 9 6
Regan Lawrence, Nicole Lobato (4) and Aubrey Ayala. Taylor Hayes and Bitty Trecce. W–Lobato. L–Hayes.
Highlights: DSU, Taysia Kaufman 2-for-4, 3 R; Janel LaRont 0-for-3, RBI, 2 R; Kristy Ortiz 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R; Alex Vargas 2-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R; Rebecca Lopez 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Lobato 1-for-3, RBI, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 K, 0 BB; Lawrence 3.2 IP, 4 K, 7 BB, 5 ER. SH, Tonya Berta 2-for-5, R; Hayes 1-for-3, 2 RBI; Anna Alcorta 3-for-3, RBI, R; Tiffany Jones 1-for-2, 2 RBI.
Records: SHU 7-7.
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 9, Dickinson State 0
ONU 103 50 — 9 10 2
DSU 000 00 — 0 5 4
LindsayStotler, Virginia McAndrews (5) and Megan Butler. Taysia Kaufman, Regan Lawrence (4), Tiffany Morgan (5) and Claudia Torres. W–Stotler. L–Lawrence.
Highlights: ONU, Justine Phillips 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R; Bethany Holloway 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, R; Hannah Gardner 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R; Jordyn Truelock 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Stotler 4 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 K, 3 BB. DSU, Kaufman 1-for-2; Alex Vargas 1-for-2, 2B; Rebecca Lopez 1-for-2; Justeena Gutierrez 1-for-2; Monique Yslas 1-for-2.
Records: DSU 4-4, ONU 13-1.