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Dickinson State softball team secures series sweep of Vikings

VALLEY CITY -- The Dickinson State softball team finished off a Dakota Athletic Conference series sweep of Valley City State in exciting fashion Friday.

Senior center fielder Vanessa Adame had five RBI in the doubleheader and hit a home run in the second game to help the Blue Hawks to 5-0 and 8-7 victories.

Adame drove in two runs and Regan Lawrence gave up just four hits in the first game as DSU made it three straight shutouts over the Vikings. The Blue Hawks (18-15, 4-0 DAC) won twice by shutout on Thursday.

VCSU (14-15, 0-4 DAC) finally made contact with runners in scoring position in the second game and led 2-0 after three innings before the Blue Hawks reclaimed the lead.

Adame went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the second game.

Kristy Ortiz was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI and Jessica Huseby went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Taysia Kaufman threw a complete game to claim the victory despite giving up nine hits and seven earned runs.

The Blue Hawks are scheduled to host Black Hills State at 2 p.m. Monday in a doubleheader.

DSU 001 030 1 -- 5 7 1

VCSU 000 000 0 -- 0 4 4

Regan Lawrence and Aubrey Ayala. Katie McBride and Emma Nelson. W-Lawrence (7-4). L-McBride (8-10).

Highlights: VCSU, Hayley Bevan 1-for-3; Cyndi Figol 1-for-3; Emma Nelson 1-for-3. DSU, Taysia Kaufman 1-for-3, run, RBI; Vanessa Adame 1-for-4, 2 RBI; Lindsey Sullivan 1-for-3, 2B; Lawrence 2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 run; Erika Nowack 2-for-2, 2B, RBI, run.

VCSU 101 021 2 -- 7 9 3

DSU 000 242 x -- 8 13 2

Jennifer Shadlock, Katie McBride and Emma Nelson. Taysia Kaufman and Aubrey Ayala. W-Kaufman (8-8). L-Shadlock (6-5). HR-Vanessa Adame.

Highlights: VCSU, Caitlin Giesbrecht, 1-for-1, RBI; Adrianna Boychuk, 1-for-3, 3B, 2 runs; Cyndi Figol, 1-for-3, run, RBI; Jane Pettit, 3-for-4, RBI; Emma Nelson 2-for-3. DSU, Kaufman 1-for-2, run; Adame, 2-for-3, 2 run, 3 RBI; Kristy Ortiz, 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, run; Lindsay Sullivan 1-for-2, 2B, run; Jessica Huseby, 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, Erika Nowack 2-for-3, run.

Records: DSU, 18-15. VCSU, 14-15.