SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team ended its season with a pair of losses at the Great Plains Athletic Conference postseason tournament Thursday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Tigers – who earned the seventh seed at the league’s tournament – lost 13-1 in five innings to No. 2 Morningside College to start their tournament run, and ended the year with a 10-2 loss in six innings to sixth-seeded Nebraska Wesleyan University. DWU ends the season with a 10-26 overall record.
In the first game of the day, the Mustangs scored three runs in the first inning, including two off a two-run homer. Morningside added one run in the second before the Tigers got in the board in the top of the third on an RBI groundout by Lindy Snook to make it 4-1. Morningside answered with three more runs in the bottom of the inning, and ended the game early with six runs in the fourth inning.
Katie Anderus, Meghan Bovee and Laura Erickson all had a hit for the Tigers, who had three total hits. Jill Dickson threw the first two innings and took the loss after giving up four runs on five hits with one strikeout. Katie Uttecht threw the final two innings and gave up nine runs on 11 hits with one strikeout.
In its second game of the day, Dakota Wesleyan gave up two runs in the third inning to the Prairie Wolves, and NWU went up 6-0 with four more runs in the fifth. The Tigers scored twice in the sixth on RBI singles by Bovee and Chelsea Moody, but the Prairie Wolves scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to end the game early.
Bovee went 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Tigers and Moody went 2-for-2. DWU had six total hits, including a double by Bovee. Dickson threw all 5.2 innings and gave up 10 runs on 12 hits with eight strikeouts.
The Tigers don’t lose any seniors to graduation in May and return a core of key players, along with a handful of incoming freshmen for 2014.