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Blue Hawks go 2-1 on first day of Region 3 tournament

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- With its season on the line, the Dickinson State softball team showed its resilience. The Blue Hawks bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Dana College to beat Doane College 6-2 and Midland Lutheran 6-0 in first day's action of the ...

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- With its season on the line, the Dickinson State softball team showed its resilience.

The Blue Hawks bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Dana College to beat Doane College 6-2 and Midland Lutheran 6-0 in first day's action of the NAIA Region 3 softball tournament on Wednesday.

In the first game, Dana College pushed the game's only run across the plate in the first inning, which Dana rode to an opening-round victory. Dana pitcher Christina Lager held the Blue Hawks to just two hits -- a double by Ashley Neufeld and a single by Nicole Marcoux. The loss was a disappointment considering the outstanding pitching performance from DSU starter Mehgan Shaw. Shaw gave up just one run on three hits in seven innings of work.

"I'm excited about how she came out and threw," Shaw said. "Mehgan threw an excellent game. It's hard to lose when you only give up three hits."

The Blue Hawks got back on the winning track with a victory over Doane College. Dakota Athletic Conference pitcher and freshman of the year Sara Jane Webster got the win in the circle, going seven innings and giving up two runs on four hits while striking out 10. She did not walk a batter.

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DSU got two runs in the first inning and ran away with it thanks to a pair of runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings. Marcoux went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and Kelly Jahn was 2-for-3.

"We got the bats going," Fridley said. "We hit hard shots."

In their win over Midland Lutheran, the Blue Hawks rode Webster while scoring a combined five runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Webster was even more brilliant, firing a two-hitter in the complete-game shutout. Jody Lantz was 2-for-3 at the plate and Amandy Mickey had a 3-for-4 performance including two RBI.

"We executed extremely well," Fridley said. "We had some timely hits."

Fridley said even though the Blue Hawks lost the first game, solid pitching helped keep the Blue Hawks alive. In three games, Webster and Shaw gave up just three runs on nine hits.

"That's been the cornerstone of our team," Fridley said. "They both pitched extremely well today. We'll need both of them to throw (today)."

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