Jimmies show their toughness in DH split at Dakota Wesleyan
The game was moved up a day because of the blizzard hitting Jamestown.
The University of Jamestown managed to take advantage of Dakota Wesleyan miscues and get a 9-5 win in the first game of a double header on Tuesday, April 12. The Jimmies defensive struggles continued having three errors in the game.
The Jimmies opened the scoring with a two-spot in the first inning, on a single from Megan Neiles to score LaLa Romero. The next batter was Gracie Fisher who doubled home Neiles to make it 2-0.
The Jimmies picked up right where they left off in the top of the second, as Steph Cota led off with a single. Two batters later Ally Battistoni hit a single to set up first and second with nobody out. The next batter was Romero who continued her big first game, with a run-scoring single to bring home Cota and make it 3-0.
The Tigers would have a big inning in the fifth, starting with an Aubrey Garabek single to score Reagan Grossi and cut the deficit to 3-1. The next batter was Alyssa Burke who came up with the bases loaded and hit a slow roller to shortstop Gentrey Turin who fired home to the catcher Neiles who dropped the ball allowing Ella Peterson to score and made it 3-2. The flood gates continued to open as the next hitter, Adriana Thomason hit a single through the left side to tie the game up at 3. The Tigers’ Mckinley Mull doubled off the wall in left-center field to make it 5-3.
The Jimmies managed to tie the game up in the top of the sixth as Neiles hit a single just out of the reach of the shortstop, Mull, scoring Turin. Neiles was also able to move all the way to third as Battistoni got stuck in a rundown and scored to make it a 5-5 game. Next up was Fisher who gave the Jimmies the 7-5 lead on a two run shot over the left-center field fence.
The Jimmies added on to the lead in the seventh, as Cota led off with a double and moved to third on the throw. Turin walked and set up a double steal as Cota stole home to make it 8-5. Turin also moved to third on a Tigers throw and scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-5.
Nelson’s grand slam powers Tigers past Jimmies
The Tigers’ Nora Nelson took Jimmies ace Kat Miska deep with the bases loaded and that was enough to see the Tigers get past the Jimmies 8-2 in the second game of the double header.
The Jimmies (18-18, 5-7) picked up right where they left off in the second game, as Battistoni led the game off with a double before she was brought home on an RBI single by Maddy Zander to put the Jimmies up 1-0.
The Tigers (11-25, 3-11) responded in the bottom of the first as they loaded the bases for Nora Nelson to hit a double to score Mull and Thomason and put the Tigers up 2-1. The Tigers added on in the second inning, as Mull came up and hit a grand slam to left-center to push the Tigers lead out to 6-1 with only one out in the inning.
The Tigers put the second game away in the bottom of the fifth as Peyton Bagley hit a two run shot to stretch the lead out to 8-1. The Jimmies cut into the lead in the sixth inning as Cota hit a double all the way to the wall in left to score Skylar Thorpe and make it 8-2.
The Jimmies hit the diamond again at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 15, when they are scheduled to host Mount Marty. The Tigers are back in action at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22, when they host Hastings.
UJ 9, DWU 5
UJ: 2 1 0 0 0 4 2—9 14 3
DWU: 0 0 0 0 5 0 0—5 6 1
UJ: Megan Neiles RBI single, LaLa Romero scores
UJ: Gracie Fisher RBI double, Neiles scores
UJ: Romero RBI single, Steph Cota scores
DWU: Aubrey Garabek RBI single, Reagan Grossi scores
DWU: Alyssa Burke reaches on a fielder’s choice, Ella Peterson scores, unearned
DWU: Adriana Thomason RBI single, Garabek scores
DWU: Mckinley Mull RBI double, Alyssa Burke scores
UJ: Neiles RBI single, Turin scores, Battistoni scores on the throw
UJ: Gracie Fisher 2 run HR, Neiles scores
UJ: Turin scores on a wild pitch
WP: Hailey Schafer (1-0) LP: Megan Daffern (6-9)
UJ 2, DWU 8
UJ: 1 0 0 0 0 1 0–2 7 1
DWU: 2 4 0 0 2 0 X–8 12 0
UJ: Maddy Zander RBI single, Battistoni scores
DWU: Nora Nelson 2 RBI double, Mull, Thomason score
DWU: Mull grand slam, Thomason, Burke, Garabek score
DWU: Peyton Bagley 2 run home run, Reagan Grossi scores
UJ: Cota RBI double, Skylar Thorpe scores
WP: Tava Boone (2-11) LP: Kat Miska (9-6)