SIOUX CITY | The No. 25 Morningside softball team defeated Dakota Wesleyan 9-5 and 8-6 to complete the sweep in a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader here Thursday.
Hallie Misiaszek pitched a complete game and allowed nine hits, two earned runs, two walks and struck out eight to earn the win for the Mustangs. Abby Conner went 3-for-4 with a double, a solo homer and three total RBIs. Mackenzie Lose went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Jayci Hinker went 2-for-4 from the plate with a double, a three-run homer and four total RBIs for Morningside (15-8, 3-1) in the second game.
Dakota Wesleyan falls to 5-17 overall and 1-3 in the GPAC.
MIDLAND 2-3, DORDT 1-0: Jaylee Hinrichs struck out a career-high 14 batters in the first game of a Great Plains Athletic Conference softball doubleheader, leading Midland to a 2-1 win over Dordt. The Warriors won the second game 3-0 to complete a sweep.
Bailey Hartman hit a solo home run for Midland in the fifth inning of the opener and drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. That snapped a 1-1 tie after Dordt’s Rachel Evavold hit an RBI single in the top of the sixth.
Marissa VandenBerg had two of Dordt’s four hits, with Tianna Top suffering the pitching loss, allowing nine hits.
Madison Plummer pitched a five-hit shutout in the second game for Midland (15-8, 2-0). Losing pitcher Evavold and Carley DeRoin collected two hits each for Dordt (11-12, 0-4).
SDSU 5-0, USD 4-7: OMAHA -- South Dakota and South Dakota State split the first two games of a three-game set Thursday at Skutt Catholic High School. Abbey Murphy had three hits including a go-ahead RBI double in leading South Dakota State to a 5-4 victory in the opener. Dusty Durham tossed a four-hit shutout while going 3-for-4 at the plate in a 7-0 South Dakota win in the nightcap.
South Dakota got two game-tying, two-run home runs from shortstop Lauren Eamiguel, but competed without three of its top hitters and couldn’t score enough to get past the Jackrabbits in the opener.
Durham, the first pitcher to shut out the Jacks this season, faced 18 consecutive batters without surrendering a hit spanning the second and seventh innings. She didn’t have any strikeouts, but didn’t walk anyone either and didn’t give up anything greater than a single. She also drove in a run in the first and third innings in helping stake the Coyotes to a 4-0 lead. She finished 3-for-4 including her seventh double of the season.
Coyote catcher Jessica Rogers, who didn’t start game one but pinch hit late and drew a walk, was 3-for-3 with a walk in game two.
WINONA STATE 8-4, WAYNE STATE 0-0: Ninth-ranked (NCAA Division II) Winona State blanked Wayne State twice, 8-0 and 4-0, in a Northern Sun Conference softball doubleheader Thursday at Wayne, Nebraska.
Winona State is now 28-4 overall and 7-1 in the NSIC and Wayne State 7-20 and 1-7.
Jordyn Kleman pitched a no-hitter in the second game, striking out 15. Riley Vanderveen was tagged with the pitching loss.
Wayne State had four singles in the first game, with Maddie Moser taking the pitching loss.
NORTHWESTERN 6-9, BRIAR CLIFF 0-6: The Northwestern softball team won a pair of games against Briar Cliff in a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader on Thursday in Sioux City.
Northwestern won the first game 6-0 with Kayla Tindall earning the win. Tindall pitched a one-hit shutout with two walks and 10 strikeouts. Tindall also had a solo homer and drove in two runs overall from the batter’s box. Madison Beaver and Katie Elliott each drove in one run for the Defenders.
Codie Fineran had the lone hit for Briar Cliff.
Northwestern (18-5, 5-1) won the second game 9-6, led by Amanda Everhart’s three-run homer. Jessica Sandbulte went 3-for-4 from the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
Breanna Oliver went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple for Briar Cliff (4-17, 1-3). Brooke French drove in a pair of runs.