The No. 3 Dixie State softball team opened its eight-game Hawaii trip in style on Monday with a doubleheader sweep, 20-4 and 8-2, over Chaminade in Waipahu, Hawaii.
The Trailblazers (20-0, 6-0 PacWest) pounded out 27 hits and scored 28 runs on Monday en route to its ninth mercy-rule victory of the season. The 20-4 triumph in game one also marked the first time the Trailblazers have scored 20 or more runs in a single game since April 26, 2014, in a 20-8 victory over Academy of Art. Janessa Bassett set the tone in the first game and became the DSU career hits leader with her 249th career hit on a leadoff single in the top of the first inning. Riley Tyteca logged multiple RBIs in each game and finished the day with a 4-for-6 performance with six RBIs.
Dixie State wasted no time building a lead in the first game of the doubleheader. Bassett opened the game with her record-setting single to right field, then later scored from third on a Brenna Hinck sacrifice fly to left field. Four batters later, after a Bailey Gaffin double and a Kori Gahn walk, Tyteca blasted a three-run home run to center field to give DSU a 4-0 lead.
The Trailblazers pushed the lead to 10-0 in the top of the second, scoring six runs on four hits and four Chaminade errors. The highlight of the inning saw Gaffin blast a ball down the left field line and race around the bases for a two-run inside-the-park home run, while Tyteca drove in a run with a single and Kaitlyn Delange recorded an RBI with a bases-loaded walk.
Dixie State kept things rolling in the third inning, scoring another six runs on six more hits to push the lead to 16-0. Alyssa Arslanian and Kirsten Quigley highlighted the inning, as each belted a two-run home run in the inning for their first home run in a DSU uniform, while Gahn lifted a two-RBI single to left field.
The Trailblazers put the finishing touches on their scoring total with four more runs on three hits in the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 20-0. Meagan Anders started the scoring with a two-RBI single through the right side. After recording her first career hit in the third inning, Malory Eldredge logged her first set of RBIs with a two-RBI single up the middle later in the …read more
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