CRETE, Neb. – The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team began Great Plains Athletic Conference play against Doane University as they dropped the first game, 11-1, and won the second game, 7-2 Saturday in Crete, Neb.
Defense was at the forefront of the contest as neither team scored through the first three and a half innings. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Tigers of Doane University (18-11, 2-1 GPAC) got their bats going as they added 11 runs. In the top of the fifth inning, the Tigers of Dakota Wesleyan (5-15, 1-1 GPAC) secured a run. However, that was not enough as DWU fell to Doane in the first game of the day.
In the second game, Doane put up the first run of the game in the second inning. DWU answered with a seven-run fourth inning. The scoring was led by a two-run double by Konz and two RBIs by Melysia Ortega (West Covina, Calif.) that helped push the Tigers to a victory in the second game of the day.
Ortega finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs, as Konz went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Sprakel also finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sierra Haage (Sioux Falls, S.D.) picked up the victory on the mound as she pitched seven innings, striking out a batter and allowing two earned runs.
DWU takes on Dordt College in a GPAC battle beginning at 5 p.m. on April 3 in Mitchell, S.D.