Red Storm softball sweeps second consecutive non-conference opponent

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Dixie State softball team swept its second consecutive non-conference foe in a doubleheader this Wednesday afternoon. After sweeping Fort Lewis Tuesday, the Red Storm traveled west to Grand Junction to take on the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks and came away with a twin killing, 3-1 and 6-2.

dsulogoIn the opener, Red Storm pitcher Aryn Feickert pitched her second complete game in as many days, scattering six hits over seven innings while allowing just one run.

The Maverick defense was stingy as it never allowed more than one run in each inning. But Dixie would put up runs in the first, second and fifth innings. Nicole Chavez started out the scoring on a Mallory Paulson single to left field. Bailee Freeland scored next when Courtney Sherwin reached on a fielder’s error. Kristie Johnson scored the final run, stealing home in the fifth.

The Mavericks finally got on the board in the sixth when Jessica Seve singled in Makayla Kova.

Feickert duplicated her nine strikeouts from yesterday and improved to 17-7 on the year. The Mavericks’ Jessica Severinsen fell to 8-8 with the loss.

In the second game, the Mavericks struck first when Tawnee Woolsey batted in Lindsay Drayer with a single to right field in the bottom of the second. Dixie scored three runs in the fifth. Josey Hartman took first after being hit by the pitcher. Brooke Budge singled to the shortstop. Sherwin then singled in Hartman. Budge would score on a sacrifice fly from Paulson. Marla Reiter would round out the scoring by singling in Sherwin with a hit that escaped to right field.

CMU added a run in the bottom of the inning as Severinsen singled in Rachel Boothe pulling the score to 3-2.

Dixie put the game away in the top of the 7th with three insurance runs. Budge and Sherwin began the inning with singles. Paulson then scored Budge on a third single. Reiter sacrificed with a pop-up to left field, scoring Sherwin. Autumn Woodfall followed with a sacrifice of her own to center field, scoring Paulson.

Pitcher Michelle Duncan allowed two runs on eight hits. She improved to 10-1 on the season. Severinsen got her second loss of the day and fell to 8-9.

Colorado Mesa fell to 17-17 with the two losses. The Red Storm move to 35-8 on the year and will travel home next week for a four-game series against Pac-West opponent BYU-Hawaii.

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