The No. 9 Dixie State softball team cruised to a 10-1 victory in six innings over Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George.
The Trailblazers (5-0) jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs on three hits in the top of the first inning to build a 3-0 advantage. Bailey Gaffin brought the first run home with a single up the middle, while Jessica Gonzalez and Kenzie Sawyer also picked up RBI hits in the frame.
Dixie State plated another run with a pair of hits in the top of the third, including an RBI single to center field by Sawyer to push the lead to 4-0.
The Trailblazers added another trio of runs in the top of the fifth with three hits and a CSUP fielding error, pushing the lead to 7-0. Dani Bartholf highlighted the inning with a two-RBI, opposite-field double to right field.
The Thunderwolves pulled a run back in the bottom half of the fifth with an RBI single to trim the lead to 7-1.
Dixie State closed the scoring in the top of the sixth, pushing across three more runs to extend the lead to the final tally of 10-1. Brenna Hinck opened the scoring with a home run to left field before a CSUP fielding error allowed Riley Tyteca to score from third. Emma Sweet put the finishing touches on the win with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Hinck led the offensive attack with a 3-for-4 performance and a home run, while Gaffin added three hits with an RBI. Alexis Barkwell (1-0) shined in her first start of the season, pitching a complete-game win with six strikeouts and just three hits allowed.
Dixie State continues play at the Easton Classic on Saturday with games against MSU Billings (10 a.m.) and Chadron State (12:30 p.m.).
Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at [email protected].