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DSU takes a pair from Great Falls

GLENDIVE, Mont. -- Sara Jane Webster put another solid game in the books for the Dickinson State softball team.

Webster fired a one-hitter and smashed a home run as the fifth-ranked Blue Hawks topped the University of Great Falls (Mont.) 11-0. DSU earned the sweep with a 13-5 win in the second game in which Webster came in and earned the save. Even more impressive is that she faced a total of 19 batters on the day and recorded 17 strikeouts, 14 of which came in the first game.

"She had everything going," DSU coach Guy Fridley said. "She had her rise ball going, the inside pitch on her screwball was going..."

The Blue Hawks drilled eight home runs in the doubleheader including two each from Kelly Jahn and Jody Lantz. DSU pounded out 29 hits in the doubleheader.

"I'm extremely happy with the way everyone's hitting the ball," Fridley said. "We're finally getting over that hump and getting timely hits."

DSU splits with Beavers

GLENDIVE, Mont. -- The Dickinson State baseball team got a mixed bag against Minot State on Tuesday.

Behind a stellar pitching performance from Jamil Acosta, the Blue Hawks downed the Beavers 6-2 in the first game, which was nine innings.

Acosta went 7Zc innings, allowing two runs -- one earned-- while striking out seven and walking none.

"He came out and threw real well," Dickinson State coach Duane Monlux said. "He kept them scoreless through most of the game."

Cody Holland belted a three-run homer in the third inning to give the Blue Hawks a 4-0 lead. They had a 6-0 lead before Minot managed to avoid the shutout late in the game.

In the second game, Dickinson State came back from a 3-1 sixth inning deficit to send it into extra innings where Minot State prevailed 5-4 in eight innings. Both games counted toward the conference standings.

Monlux said Dickinson State is still leaving too many runners on base.

"We need to do a better job of getting guys home," Monlux said. "We're coming up short in RBI situations."

Dickinson State moves to 13-10 overall and 4-2 in the conference while Minot moves to 3-8 and 1-1.

Dickinson softball gets swept in first-ever game

SIDNEY, Mont. -- The first game of the first North Dakota sanctioned softball season didn't go so well for Dickinson.

It's not always about winning and losing.

Minot High got out to a big lead in both games en route to 18-1 and 14-2 victories on Tuesday. The doubleheader had to be played in Montana because of snow on the ground in Dickinson.

"After being inside and practicing indoors, it was a new thing to be outdoors," Dickinson coach Bill Butterfield said. "We have a lot of new girls who had never played a softball game. When it was all said and done, the girls did great. They got some hits. It was a new experience for them."

Though this is the first year of sanctioned softball, many teams in the state have been organized for awhile, though Dickinson was not one of them.

"We're going to have these growing pains," Butterfield said. "Minot has been playing at this level for 4-5-6 years. We're young, but we have some good leadership.".