Sioux take two from JimmiesThe Jimmies ran into a buzzsaw at the Apollo Softball Complex in Grand Forks on Wednesday night. The aforementioned power tool was in the form of NCAA Division I University of North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux swept Jamestown College 10-0 and 9-2, dropping the Jimmies’ record to 9-10 on the season.
By: Michael Savaloja, The Jamestown Sun
The Jimmies ran into a buzzsaw at the Apollo Softball Complex in Grand Forks on Wednesday night.
The aforementioned power tool was in the form of NCAA Division I University of North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux swept Jamestown College 10-0 and 9-2, dropping the Jimmies’ record to 9-10 on the season.
Jamestown College will be looking to get back into the winning column this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Sioux City, Iowa. The Jimmies will be playing in the Morningside Tournament, where they’re scheduled to play two games each day.
UND 10, JC 0
UND’s junior hurler Emma Gronseth 1-hit the Jimmies to get the day rolling, as the game was halted after the top of the fifth via the mercy rule.
Jamestown College’s lone hit — and lone base runner — of the ballgame came off the bat of junior right-fielder Kelsie DeBroeck. Gronseth was lights out. Facing 16 total batters, she struck out six and gave up zero walks to improve to 5-5 in the circle.
Leading 4-0 after two innings, UND blew it open with a 6-run bottom of the third. Lead-off batter Caralyn Chewing went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs at the dish for the Sioux, while Brittany Baker and D Jantzer both smacked homeruns.
Jamestown College senior pitcher Jessica Lees shouldered the loss (5-6). Lees was relieved by D.J. Johnson with one out in the third, allowing four earned runs on six hits. Johnson gave up all six earned runs to UND in the third on five hits.
Jamestown College was also a little shaky in the field, committing three errors in four innings.
UND 9, JC 2
Jamestown College juniors Kelsie Jensen and Kate Johnson were able to knock UND starter Lexa Twist off the mound in the top of the first inning, having each clubbed a solo homerun in the frame to hand the Jimmies an early 2-0 lead in game No. 2.
But into the game for the Sioux entered junior pitcher Michelle Frank, who went on to strike out 13 Jimmie batters and hold the orange and black scoreless the rest of the way.
Jamestown College senior pitcher Steph Bolt allowed just two runs to the Sioux over the first three innings, tying the score at 2-all. But Bolt struggled with UND’s lineup in the fourth and fifth inning, as the Sioux tacked on six more runs.
Bolt (0-3) finished the game allowing eight earned runs on 11 hits, while striking out two and walking three. Again, Jamestown College made three errors in the outfield to zero by the Sioux.
Chewing had another solid batting performance, going 4-for-5 with 3 runs and 2 RBIs. Erica Younan hit a homer for UND and finished 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
UND 11, Jamestown College 0
Jimmies 000 00 — 0 1 3
Sioux 226 0x — 10 11 0
Jessica Lees, D.J. Johnson (3) and Megan Heriot. Emma Gronseth and Jessie St. Marie. W—Gronseth (5-5). L—Lees (5-6). 2B—UND, Erica Younan, Taylor Donnelly. HR—UND, Brittany Baker, D Jantzer.
UND 9, Jamestown College 2
Jimmies 200 000 0 — 2 5 3
Sioux 110 241 x — 9 11 0
Steph Bolt, D.J. Johnson (6) and Kristi Michaud. Lexa Twist, Michelle Frank (1) and Jessie St. Marie. W—Frank (4-11). L—Bolt (0-3). 2B—UND, Caralyn Chewing. 3B—UND, Cami Bennett. HR—JC, Kelsie Jensen, Kate Johnson; UND, Erica Younan.
Records: UND 12-23; Jamestown College (9-10).
Sun sports writer Michael Savaloja can be reached at (701) 952-8461 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org