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Blue Hawks softball falls to Oregon Tech in NAIA opening round

REDDING, Calif. -- The Dickinson State softball team didn't start as well as it would've liked.After exchanging three scoreless innings, the No. 16-ranked Blue Hawks gave up eight runs in the fourth inning of their first game of the NAIA national...

REDDING, Calif. - The Dickinson State softball team didn’t start as well as it would’ve liked.
After exchanging three scoreless innings, the No. 16-ranked Blue Hawks gave up eight runs in the fourth inning of their first game of the NAIA national tournament opening round in a 12-3 five-inning loss to Oregon Tech on Monday at Simpson University.
Neither DSU, the No. 2 seed of the bracket, nor Oregon Tech, the No. 3 seed, could muster much offense in the first three frames.
Then Oregon Tech (28-20) wound up with eight runs in the fourth inning - which led to starting pitching Alex Watson being pulled - on six hits and three errors. The Owls added four more scores in the fifth inning on five hits. Oregon Tech totaled 13 hits in the game.
Oregon Tech’s Sydnie Scott was 3 for 3 from the plate with two runs scored while Karly LeVeque, McKenzie Shrum and Katie Virture each recorded two hits. Shrum had two runs on two doubles with an RBI, LeVeque scored twice and drove in a pair of runs, and Virtue scored a run and had an RBI as well. Tara Moates drove in four runs including a three-run home run to cap Oregon Tech’s scoring in the fourth frame after she struck out to start the inning.
Alex Vargas and McKenzie Kenobbie both drove in runs in the fifth inning in DSU’s last attempt to prevent the eight-run rule enforcement. Kenobbie was 1 for 2 and Vargas was 1 for 3 with a double at the plate for the game. Samantha Hardwick was 1 for 1, Shannen Donnelly was 1 for 2 with a run and Monique Yslas also scored a run.
Watson was handed the loss after pitching 3 2/3 innings and giving up seven runs - but none of them were earned - while striking out four batters. Abi Brooks and Amanda Flores came in and gave up a combined five earned runs on six hits. Brooks struck out one batter and Flores walked one.
The Blue Hawks will take on No. 4-seeded Eastern Oregon, which lost to No. 1 seeded and No. 7-ranked Simpson in a 10-0 decision, at noon today in a loser-out contest. Oregon Tech and Simpson will face off at 11:30 a.m. today, with the loser playing the winner of the DSU-Eastern Oregon game.

Oregon Tech 12, Dickinson State 3
OT 000 84 - 12 13 1
DSU 000 03 - 3 4 3
Ann-Marie Guischer and Sydni Scott. Alex Watson, Abi Brooks (4), Amanda Flores and Brianna Grayson.
W–Guischer. L–Watson. HR–OT: Tara Moates.
Highlights: OT: McKenzie Shrum 2 for 4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 doubles; Katie Virtue 2 for 4, run, RBI; Moates 1 for 3, run, 4 RBI, HR; Kelly Scott 3 for 3, 2 runs; Tre Sullivan 1 for 3, run; Cassidy Hoglund run; Birch 1 for 1, run; Alyssa Davis 1 for 3, run, 2 RBI; Karly LeVeque 2 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBI. DSU: McKenzie Kenobbie 1 for 2, run, RBI; Monique Yslas run; Alex Vargas 1 for 3, RBI; Shannen Donnelly 1 for 2, run; Samantha Hardwick 1 for 1.

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