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UJ softball keeps pace

The Jimmies kept pace in the North Star Athletic Association softball standings in South Dakota on Saturday. After sweeping Presentation College 12-2 and 3-2 in Aberdeen, the University of Jamestown remains in the No. 2 position in the conference...

The Jimmies kept pace in the North Star Athletic Association softball standings in South Dakota on Saturday.

After sweeping Presentation College 12-2 and 3-2 in Aberdeen, the University of Jamestown remains in the No. 2 position in the conference with league-leading Bellevue (Neb.) up next. The Jimmies are 13-2 in the their last 15 games.

"It was a good weekend for us. We were able to exploit their weaknesses and use it to our advantage," UJ coach Kevin Gall said. "The last game they kind of figured out what we were trying to do, but we pitched well enough to finish it off."

Hanna Dunnigan turned in another banner performance in the circle. The senior lefty got the win in the opener and the save in the finale. In 6 1/3 innings, she allowed just one run. Brittany Rheault worked into the fifth inning in the circle in game 2 to earn the victory.

"We came out and got six runs in the first inning and with Dunnigan pitching you'd pretty much assume it was over with," Gall said. "You can't ever really assume anything but she pitched very well."

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Speedster Kylie Macaig led the charge offensively with five hits on the day, including three in game 2. Rheault, Emma Keller and Dunnigan each had multi-hit games on Saturday.

"We've probably played more kids in varsity games than anybody," Gall said. "I don't know if that's good or not, but we're trying to give a lot of girls an opportunity. Maybe some of them aren't ready yet, but we're throwing them out there."

The Jimmies (28-14, 13-3) host Bellevue (31-8, 10-2) on Friday and Saturday in their first home games of the season. The Bruins are receiving votes in the NAIA top 25 poll.

University of Jamestown 12, Presentation College 2

UJ 603 03 -- 12 14 2

PC 000 02 -- 2 3 1

Dunnigan and Schorzman. Mendonca and Cerezo. W--Dunnigan. L--Mendonca.

Highlights: UJ, Mikayla Frost 1-3 R, RBI; Kyle Macaig 2-3 R, RBI; Meghan Ramage 1-1 R, RBI; Emma Keller 2-4 R, RBI; Dunnigan 1-2 R, 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO; Miriah Yoder 1-2 R; Brittany Rheault 2-2 2 R, 3 RBI; Samm Hamilton 2-3 2 R.

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Jamestown 3, Presentation 2

UJ 100 110 0 -- 3 7 1

PC 001 010 0 -- 2 7 5

Rheault, Dunnigan (5) and Schorzman. Ewert and Cerezo. W--Rheault. L--Dunnigan. Save--Dunnigan.

Highlights: Frost 1-4 R; Macaig 3-4; Dunnigan 2-3 R, RBI; Rheault 1-3 RBI.

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