DENVER — Dixie State softball opened its four-game series at Colorado School of Mines with a Saturday doubleheader split at the Regis softball field.
The Trailblazers (19-6, 13-5 RMAC) dropped the opener, stranding nine runners on base in a 4-2 loss. Dixie State bounced back with a 4-1 win in game two to even the series at one win apiece.
Colorado School of Mines jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game one with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the first. After placing two runners on base without a hit, the Orediggers hit a two-out, three-run home run to build the early advantage.
Dixie State responded with two runs on two hits and one CSM error in the top of the third. Taylor Godfrey plated the first run with a sacrifice fly before Jessica Gonzalez cut the lead to 3-2 with an RBI single down the right field line.
The Orediggers tacked on an insurance run in the top of the fourth, turning a DSU error on the leadoff batter into a 4-2 lead.
The Trailblazers saw golden opportunities to even the score or pull ahead in the middle innings, placing runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the fourth and fifth. However, Mines was able to retire the next three batters in both frames to maintain its 4-2 lead and eventually clinch the victory.
Gonzalez led DSU at the plate in the opener with three hits and an RBI, while Cambrie Hazel allowed just three hits and matched a season high with 13 strikeouts in the loss.
Dixie State opened the scoring in the top of the first in game two, taking a 1-0 lead after a Gonzalez sacrifice fly. Kasey Crawford opened the frame with leadoff walk, then stole second. Godfrey set up the scoring play with a sacrifice bunt to move Crawford to third base.
The Trailblazers added three runs on three hits to push the lead to 4-0 in the top of the second. Kaitlyn Delange plated the first two runs with a two-RBI single up the middle, then scored the third run of the frame from third on a double-steal play.Comment on this story
The Dixie State defense then clamped down, allowing just one baserunner over the next five innings, while Carissa Burgess took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
The Orediggers broke up the no-hit bid in the sixth and scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, but DSU held on for the 4-1 victory.
Delange led DSU at the plate in game two with two hits and two RBIs. Burgess improved to 11-2 in the pitcher’s circle, allowing just three hits and one run with three strikeouts.
Dixie State will close its Denver trip with a second doubleheader against the Orediggers on Sunday at 11 a.m.