DURANGO, Colo. – The Dixie State softball team improved to 33-8, sweeping non-conference foe Fort Lewis College in a doubleheader on the road Tuesday afternoon, 11-2 and 7-2.
In the opening game, Lady Storm pitcher Aryn Feickert went the distance, scattering seven hits over seven innings, allowing just two runs. The Dixie offense put 11 on the board, with 15 hits. Feickert also benefited from a tenacious, error-free defense.
The Lady Skyhawks were the first to score with a solo shot to right field from catcher Jeovanna Rios in the second inning. The Lady Storm came alive in the fourth. Right fielder Courtney Sherwin reached on a throwing error and later scored on a double from Mallory Paulson. After left fielder Bailee Freeland singled, Paulson would score on a squeeze play on a bunt laid down by designated hitter Autumn Woodfall. Freeland and Kristie Johnson, who pinch ran for Woodfall, would cap the scoring on a fielding error by FLC’s Kiley Raica. At the end of four, Dixie had a 4-1 advantage.
Center fielder Courtney Hine added a solo shot in the fifth to give the Red Storm their fifth run. The Skyhawks got their second run when shortstop Adriana Rosthenhausler singled in center fielder Missy Fundora.
Dixie’s Nicole Chavez added another solo shot in the sixth inning and the Red Storm put the game out of reach, scoring five more in the seventh, highlighted by homers from Woodfall and Brooke Budge. The final tally ended 11-2.
Feickert had nine strikeouts and improved to 16-6 on the year. Raica fell to 7-10 with the loss.
In the second game, the Lady Skyhawks again struck first when Myndee Thompson tripled in Fundora. The Lady Storm would even up the score in the next inning. Designated hitter Brooklyn Beardshear scored on a fielding error. In the third inning, Dixie got three more runs off two homers from Hine and Sherwin. Chavez added a two-run shot in the fourth. Hine rounded out the scoring in the same inning when she was batted in on Sherwin’s triple.
Fort Lewis would add a run on Mariah Stuart’s double in the fourth, scoring catcher Hayley Bolyard.
Pitcher Michelle Duncan allowed two runs on nine hits, getting three strikeouts. She improved to 9-1 on the season. Skyhawk Olivia Goldberg took the loss, falling to 2-2.
The Lady Storm will travel to Grand Junction Wednesday for another doubleheader against a non-conference opponent, Colorado Mesa University, before traveling back home next week for a four-game series against Pac-West opponent BYU-Hawaii.
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