MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team picked up a Great Plains Athletic Conference split with Concordia University Saturday afternoon at McWhirter Field in Mitchell. The Tigers won the first game 5-2, but lost the second 4-3 in 10 innings.
The lost was the first home loss of the year for DWU, which is now 9-21 overall and 7-9 in the GPAC. Dakota Wesleyan is in seventh in the league with two conference doubleheaders left to play. The top eight teams make the postseason tournament, which starts Thursday in Sioux City, Iowa.
In the first game Saturday, the Tigers scored three runs in the first inning to grab an early lead. Vanessa Mendez walked to start, stole second, and came around to score on an RBI single by Katie Anderus. Hailey Unger hit a two-run homer to send in a pair of runs. The Tigers added two insurance runs in the fourth when Meghan Bovee and Chelsea Moody both reached on errors. Tiffany Sharp also reached on an error to score a run, and Laura Erickson sent in a run with an RBI single to put DWU up 5-0.
Concordia made it a two-run game with a two-run homer in the fifth, but that was the end of the scoring for the game. Anderus went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Unger had two RBIs to pace DWU, which had four total hits. Jill Dickson threw all seven innings and earned the win after giving up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts.
Concordia scored the first run of the game in the third inning on a solo home run, and made it 2-0 in the fourth when a run scored on a throw to catch a stealing base runner. Unger gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead with another home run – this one a three-run shot – but the Bulldogs tied the game in the sixth on an RBI double. The score stayed tied through regulation, and neither team scored until the top of the 10th when Concordia took advantage of the automatic runner and scored on an RBI double. DWU failed to score in the bottom of the inning.
Anderus went 2-for-4 to pace DWU, which had five hits, and Unger led the way with three RBIs. Katie Uttecht threw all 10 innings and took the loss. She gave up four runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts.
DWU is back in action Monday, April 29, when it hosts Midland University at 5 p.m. at McWhirter Field.