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Dickinson State sweeps Saints, Eagles

TUSCON, Ariz. -- After being swept in its opening weekend, the Dickinson State softball team shook off the losses and did damage in Arizona. The Blue Hawks topped Aquinas College (Mich.) 7-5 and Robert Morris University (Ill.) 9-1 in a doublehead...

TUSCON, Ariz. - After being swept in its opening weekend, the Dickinson State softball team shook off the losses and did damage in Arizona.
The Blue Hawks topped Aquinas College (Mich.) 7-5 and Robert Morris University (Ill.) 9-1 in a doubleheader on Friday.
DSU scored six runs in six innings, starting off in the second as Shelby Ries singled to right field to bring in first baseman Rebecca Lopez. The Blue Hawks went on to score five more runs for a 6-0 lead over the Saints.
Junior pitcher Janell LaRont helped secure the lead, lasting 5 1/3 innings with seven hits, one earned run and struck out one batter. LaRont also was strong at the plate, going 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBI.
Aquinas attempted to rally, but only scored five runs in the last two innings. Torie Lowe reached third on a fielding error by DSU rightfielder Kailey Olcott for two RBI and scored two at bats later in the sixth.
In the bottom of the seventh, Jenn Woolard singled to center to drive in two runs, but the Saints ran out of gas and couldn’t get any closer.
Junior pitcher Regan Lawrence said a short term goal for the Blue Hawks would be to not split its series while in Arizona. Lawrence made sure of it during the team’s second game against Robert Morris.
Lawrence was lights out in the circle, pitching a complete game, allowed four hits, one run and struck out one. Robert Morris’ only run came in the top of the third as shortstop Angela Roeback singled to right and second baseman Katie Bourg scored to tie the game.
In the bottom of the third, DSU unleashed its power and scored eight runs to silence its opponent for the remainder of the game. Eight different batters scored at least one run in the game, with LaRont leading the way going 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI. Shortstop Alex Vargas also went 2 for 3 and added a run and 2 RBI.
The Blue Hawks continue their play in Arizona with another doubleheader starting at 9 a.m. today. The first game will be against Oliviet College (Ill.) followed by the University of British Columbia at 11 a.m.

Dickinson State 7, Aquinas 5
DSU 010 023 1 - 7 11 3
AQUINAS 000 003 2 - 5 12 1
DSU Janell LaRont, McKenna Kostelecky (6) and Shelby Ries. A Caitlyn Hensel, Becca Shineldecker (6), Anna Kenny (7) and Isabella Labadie.
W–LaRont. L–Hensel. HR–none.
Highlights: DSU LaRont 2 for 5, 2 runs, RBI. Monique Yslas 2 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBI. McKenzie Kenobbie 2 for 3, run, RBI. A Sadie Stowell 1 for 2, 2 runs. Emily Corning, 2 for 4, 2 runs. Torie Lowe, 1 for 4, 2 RBI, run. Jenn Woolard 2 for 4, 2 RBI.

Dickinson State 9, Robert Morris 1
RMU 001 00 - 1 4 1
DSU 018 00 - 9 11 0
RMU Jori Boren and Leah Challenger. DSU Regan Lawrence Brianna Grayson.
W–Lawrence. L–Boren. HR–none.
Highlights: RMU Katie Bourg 1 for 2, run. DSU LaRont, 2 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Alex Vargas 2 for 3, 2 RBI, run. Lindsey Sullivan, 2 for 2, run. Justeena Gutierrez 1 for 2, 2 RBI, run.

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