SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – The Dixie State softball team concluded its regular season Sunday against Dominican University of California, sweeping the Penguins 4-2 and 9-6, finishing the season with an impressive 44-8 record and ensuring at least a tie atop the PacWest Conference season standings.
California Baptist trails DSU by two games and was scheduled to play a doubleheader against Holy Names University Sunday, but the game was postponed due to bad weather.
In Dixie State’s first game, the Red Storm had to score two runs in the top of the seventh just to get the game into extra innings. After the Penguin’s Katelyn Harden batted in two earlier runs, one in the third and the second in the fifth, Dominican rode a 2-0 lead going into the last inning. Dominican pitcher Ashlyn Moriarity had stymied the Dixie bats, allowing only four hits in the first six innings.
In the top of the seventh, Autumn Woodfall led off with a walk. Bailee Freeland entered the game as a pinch runner. Nicole Chavez then hit an infield single to the shortstop. After Courtney Hine popped out, the runners advanced on a wild pitch. Courtney Sherwin then singled down the right field line, scoring the two runners. Dixie could not produce a third run, but the Storm held the Penguin bats in the bottom of the inning to force extras.
Dixie again threatened in the eighth, but Moriarity forced a pop up for the third out with two runners left on base.
Hine started the ninth with a double down the first-base line. Rochelle Jenkins then reached on an error by second baseman Catlyn Cavender’s throw to third base trying to catch Hine. Hine scored on the overthrow.
Jenkins later stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sheila Geiter then earned a walk. On her attempt to steal second the catcher’s throw was long, allowing Jenkins to cross home plate uncontested for a 4-2 advantage.
Dixie’s Aryn Feickert finished the complete game, striking out the last batter to preserve the victory. Feickert got her 20th win of the season against six losses. Moriarity fell to 15-11.
In the second game, the Red Storm again had to come from behind, trailing 4-1 going into the sixth inning. They were able to put up four runs apiece in the last two innings to secure the victory, 9-6.
In the sixth, Nicole Chavez and Hine drew walks to start the inning. Sherwin then singled to left field, scoring Chavez. Reiter laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Hine and Sherwin. Geiter then batted the runners in on a single to left field. Geiter later scored after Brooke Budge singled.
The seventh began with Josey Hartman getting hit by pitch. Freeland then drew a walk. Chavez advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt to third. Hartman and Freeland scored on consecutive hits by Hine and Sherwin. Reither then drew a walk, loading the bases. Sherwin would score on a Woodfall single to the left side. After two crazy innings, Dixie led 9-4. The Penguins would add two more in the bottom of the seventh for the final tally.
Michelle Duncan pitched the complete game for the win, advancing her record to 15-1. She allowed six runs on 10 hits. Karly Harris took the loss for the Penguins, dropping her to 6-10.
The sweep moves the nationally-ranked Red Storm to 27-5 in conference play. They will now await post-season invitations to determine when and who they will play next.
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