DICKINSON, N.D. – Blue Hawk softball had their first opportunity to play in front of the home crowd. DSU hosted the Dakota State University Trojans in a four-game series. The Blue Hawks took three of the four North Star Athletic Association matchups.
In the first game, Carrie Nagle, got the start pitching for the Blue Hawks. The Blue Hawks jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first three innings. The run was highlighted by a three-run homerun from third basemen Kayla Stephens.
The Trojans began to answer back down the stretch. Scoring seven runs in the final four innings, Dakota State took a 7-6 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Blue Hawks were able to push two runs across the plate in the bottom of the inning, taking the first game 8-7.
In the second game, the Trojans jumped out quickly on Blue Hawk starting pitcher Jalen Creech. Dakota State posted three runs in their first at-bats, they put up another run in the third. The Blue Hawks were able to stabilize, scoring four runs in the first three innings, tying the game heading into the fourth.
The Trojans put together another three-run inning in the fourth against Creech. Head Coach Kristen Fleury turned to Abigail Brooks for the final innings. Brooks posted three scoreless for the Blue Hawks. The bats came alive for the Blue Hawks, putting up two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth. The games offense was highlighted by Sonja Lawrence's 2-for-3 2 RBI performance and Claire Shoffit's 3-for-4 3 RBI showing. The Blue Hawks would take game two 10-7.
In the third game of the series, the Blue Hawk struggled early. After giving up two big innings to the Trojans, DSU found themselves down 6-2 heading into the third inning. Another offensive outburst from the Trojans pushed the lead to 10-3 after the fifth. The Blue Hawks attempted to fight back, posting two runs in the seventh inning. But, it would be too little, too late, the Trojans took the third game 10-5.
The Blue Hawks would bounce back in the final game of the series. DSU played steady for the first few innings, grabbing a 5-1 lead through four innings. Creech, in the pitcher's circle, controlled for the game. Despite giving up three runs in the sixth inning, Creech held off the Trojans. The Blue Hawks with the 5-4 victory took the series.
The weekend series for the Blue Hawks moves them to 13-9 in NSAA conference play. Their next action will come in Aberdeen, S.D. against Presentation College April 28-29. The four-game series will be the final regular season action for the Blue Hawks before the NSAA tournament.