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Blue Hawks finish sweep of Comets

MAYVILLE -- There is no indication the Dickinson State softball team is slowing down any time soon.

After a weekend sweep of Mayville State, the Blue Hawks have collected 11 straight wins.

DSU blanked Mayville State 8-0 in the opening game and followed up with a 16-3 win on Sunday.

The Blue Hawks (22-13) haven't been shy at the plate. The team has supplied double-digit runs in five of the last six games.

In the opening game, Janel LaRont threw five innings, allowed no runs on four hits and struck out three. Rebecca Lopez and Justeena Gutierrez, who are both freshmen, each collected two hits, drove in at least one run and scored one run.

For the Comets (3-22), Alexxa Sanabria and Katrina Newman, who took the loss in the circle, each had a double in the game.

During the nightcap, the Blue Hawks scored five runs in the first and fourth innings and closed the door with a six-run fifth.

Regan Lawrence picked up the win and went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while LaRont went a perfect 5-for-5 with a double, four RBIs and scored three runs. Freshman Alex Vargas added three hits including a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Taysia Kaufman and Lopez supplied two hits, drove in a combined three RBIs and scored four runs.

The Blue Hawks return back to Gress Softball Complex to host the Association of Independent Institutions National Qualifying Softball Tournament beginning 10 a.m. Friday and concluding Sunday. DSU will have the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

DSU 022 13 -- 8 7 0

Mayville 000 00 -- 0 4 2

Janell LaRont and Aubrey Ayala. Katrina Newman and Jamie Scott. W-LaRont. L-Newman. HR-None.

Highlights: DSU, Rebecca Lopez 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, run; Justeena Gutierrez 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBIs, run; Nicole Lobato 2-for-3; Monique Yslas 1-for-3, RBI; Daniel Benito RBI, run; Taysia Kaufman RBI; Regan Lawrence 2 runs; Alex Vargas run. M, Alexxa Sanabria 1-for-2, 2B; Newman 1-for-2, 2B; Krista Brustad 1-for-2; Abby Niemann 1-for-1.

DSU 500 56 -- 16 18 1

Mayville 120 00 -- 3 6 3

Lawrence, Lobato (2) and Ayala. Rachel Koopman, Katie Rieu (4) and Scott. W-Lawrence. L-Koopman. HR-Name.

Highlights: DSU, LaRont 5-for-5, 2B, 4 RBIs, 3 runs; Vargas 3-for-5, 3B, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; Kaufman 2-for-3, RBI, 3 runs; Lopez 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Lawrence 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Kristy Ortiz 1-for-1, 2B, RBI; Gutierrez 1-for-3, RBI; Lobato 1-for-3, run; Megan Glowa run; Morgan Wandler run; Yslas run. M, Sanabria 1-for-3, RBI; Samantha Dvorak 2 RBIs; Rieu 1-for-1, 2B, run; Amanda Schultz 1-for-2, run; Scott 1-for-2, run; Samantha Swimley 1-for-3; Courtney Pridde 1-for-3, 2B.

Records: M 3-22, DSU 20-13