MSU-M sweeps Jimmies
Hits came easy for the University of Jamestown softball team on Monday.
The opening game was tied at one until Moorhead struck for four in the top of the third with help from Taylor Huss, who belted the first of her two home runs. Pitcher Morgan Nybo helped her own cause by also going yard in the game.
“We fought hard, but they definitely have a good hitting lineup,” Jamestown coach Kevin Gall said. “They gave us lots of problems. They hit a lot more balls over the left-field (fence) than we did. With the wind blowing out hard, I was hoping we’d be able to sneak one out.”
The four-run third put the Jimmies in a hole that proved too tough to climb out of, though they did get within three with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
“I thought we put good swings on them the whole game,” Gall said. “We didn’t start the game the way we wanted to. One thing with our team that we’ve been good at is swinging at pitches that we’re supposed to be swinging at. All in all, we hit the ball pretty well. I was happy with that.”
Autumn Wang led Jamestown in the opener with a three-hit day including a double and a run batted in. Hattie Fullmer, Emily Newman and Hanna Dunnigan each had two hits.
Emily Snow took the loss, surrendering seven runs on eight hits, while walking one and striking out two in 4 1/3 innings. Mandy Thiessen was used in relief, allowing one run on three hits in 2 2/3 innings.
In the second game, Brittany York’s two-run shot was part of a four-run sixth that saw the Dragons rally from a one-run deficit. The home run was Moorhead’s fourth of the doubleheader.
“We came up with some power — we came to swing today,” Moorhead coach Kelsey Fehl said. “We were able to string some hits together, which was good to see.”
Trailing 4-1, Jamestown’s bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth.
Wang led off with a walk, which was followed by a Tylynn McKeever single. Courtney Van den Bussche moved both runners over on a sacrifice that she nearly beat out, and Rachel Fowler drilled a two-run double. A Newman triple and Dunnigan single both drove in a run, with the latter giving Jamestown a 5-4 advantage until Moorhead answered in the next frame.
“It was nice for us to be able to answer back right away and not wait,” said Fehl, whose team improved to 15-28 with the sweep. “They did a good job of coming out and scoring.”
Fowler and Newman both had a team-high three hits.
Kristen Nordby pitched a complete-game for the win, while Dunnigan suffered the loss in the circle for the Jimmies. She allowed eight runs — five earned — on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Thiessen finished out the game with a scoreless seventh.
The Jimmies (18-18) continue today, when they visit Mayville State. They’re back at home Thursday against Dickinson State.
Minnesota State-Moorhead 8,
University of Jamestown 4
Moorhead 014 020 1 — 8 11 1
Jamestown 010 020 1 — 4 13 1
Morgan Nybo and Brittany York. Emily Snow, Mandy Thiessen (5) and Megan Heriot. W—Nybo. L—Snow.
HR — MSU, Huss 2, Nybo.
Highlights: MSU, Huss 2-3, 4 RBIs, 2 runs scored. J, Autumn Wang 3-4, double, RBI, Hattie Fullmer 2-3, Emily Newman 2-4, Hanna Dunnigan 2-4.
MSU-M 8, Jamestown 5
Moorhead 030 104 0 — 8 8 0
Jamestown 001 040 0 — 5 11 4
Kristen Nordby and Brittany York. Hanna Dunnigan and Mandy Thiessen. W—Nordby. L—Dunnigan.
HR —MSU, York.
Highlights: Moorhead, Kristy Bruni 2-3, 3 RBIs, Mollie Annen 1-4, 3 RBIs. J, Rachel Fowler 3-3, 3 RBIs, double, Emily Newman 3-4, triple, Courtney Van den Bussche 2-3.
Records: MSU-M 15-28, UJ 18-18.
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