Softball splits at Oakland
ROCHESTER, Mich. - South Dakota State took advantage of three Oakland errors to score three unearned runs in a 6-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday in Rochester, Mich. The Jackrabbits then squandered a three-run seventh inning lead to give Oakland a 6-5, walk-off win in the night cap.
The Jackrabbits go into tomorrow's rubber game of the series with a 10-21-1 overall record and a 4-10 mark in The Summit League, while the host Golden Grizzlies go into the game with a 4-31 overall record and a 2-15 mark in league play.
The Jacks opened the scoring with an unearned run in the first to take a 1-0 lead that would last until the fifth inning, when the Jacks score two more.
SDSU used an error and a wild pitch to put Marlee Petersen in scoring position, moved her to third on a Devon Reick single up the middle and then scored her on a Morgan McCabe sacrifice fly. Reick would come around to score the second run of the inning when Alex Landon reached on a fielding error to give SDSU a 3-0 lead.
Oakland would get those two runs back in the bottom of the frame, but the Jacks came right back with three runs in the sixth, scoring three runs on RBI singles from Petersen and Reick. The third run came when Reick stole second, which allowed Petersen to score from third base.
Reick accounted for two of the Jackrabbits five hits in the game. She also scored two runs and knocked in another one to lead the offense. Kori Seidlitz took care of the rest, tossing six innings of three hit ball, with a walk and eight strikeouts.
Trailing 1-0 entering the second inning of Game 2, the Jacks used a Bingham single and a Krista Honken double to even the game at 1-1 after two complete.
Oakland retook the lead with one run in the third, only to see the Jacks plate the equalizer in the fourth on a Tina Winter RBI double. SDSU then took its first lead of the game in the fifth, scoring two runs on a Landon double to go up 4-2.
SDSU added what looked like an insurance run in the seventh on a Landon RBI single, but Oakland came out swinging in its last at bat, plating four runs on three hits, with the benefit of one Jackrabbit error, and ended the game on a walk-off single.
McCabe and Honken both went 2-for-3 in the loss. Honken added an RBI and a run scored. Landon finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Pam Nicholson pitched into the seventh, giving up six runs, five earned, on nine hits with a walk and nine strikeouts to that point, but gave way to Mindy Lorimor after failing to record an out after facing five batters in the bottom of the seventh.
The Jackrabbits and Golden Grizzlies play the rubber game of the three game Summit League series on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. CT.