Mar. 28—SIOUX CITY, Iowa. — The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team dropped a doubleheader to Morningside Sunday, extending its skid to nine games.
The Tigers are still looking for their first Great Plains Athletic Conference win over dropping 7-1 and 8-2 contests, respectively, to the Mustangs.
In Game 1, Morningside scored four runs in the opening frame after recording four hits, including posting three runs on three hits before DWU (8-14, 0-6 GPAC) made an out. Breanna Tjebben drove in a run with a bunt to start the scoring and later stole home on a double-steal.
Reagan Nebel grounded out to second in the second inning, but it plated Alyssa Garcia for DWU's lone run of the game.
The comeback was short-lived, however, as the Mustangs tacked on another run in the bottom half of the inning on a double to center by Ellie Cropley, who later scored on a wild pitch.
Tjebben went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Cropley was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Morningside, while Katherine Wurtz earned the win in the circle, allowing one unearned run on two hits in five innings.
Stephanie Gabel, Allison McElveny and Haley Linke had hits for the Tigers, while Alyssa Burke took the loss after surrendering seven earned runs on 10 hits in six innings, striking out three.
In Game 2, Morningside (25-3, 2-0) once again scored four first-inning runs, sparked by a lead-off home run by Cropley in an inning that featured five hits. The Mustangs added three more runs in the second inning to take a 7-0 lead.
DWU fought back in the fifth by scoring a pair of runs, with Nora Nelson singling to center to drive in McElveny, while Nebel also singled to center to bring in Destinee Nelson.
McElveny went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Tigers, who were able to compile seven hits in the game. Kyllie Ramirez allowed six earned runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings, while Meghan Daffern gave up one unearned run and fanned three in 3 1/3 innings of relief.
Lisa Bolton picked up the win for Morningside, giving up two earned runs on six hits in five innings. Cropley was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Mykel Gray was 3-for-4.
DWU opens its home schedule with a doubleheader against Northwestern at 3 p.m. on April 7 at McWhirter Field.