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Jimmies softball sweeps Minot State in doubleheader

Feb. 13—JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown softball team did enough to get a 4-2 win over Minot State University in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Nelson Family Bubble.

The Beavers opened the scoring in the top of the first before the Jimmies scored two runs in the bottom of the frame on three hits to take a 2-1 lead.

The Jimmies pushed the lead out to 4-1 in the second when Mackenzie Lefebvre hit a home run over the left-field wall.

"We always talk about starting fast and we try and not give up runs in the first inning all the time and then when you face good teams you're going to," Jimmies head coach Kevin Gall said. "So hopefully the adversity doesn't bother us and we can just continue playing the game."

The Beavers cut into the lead in the third inning with an Abby Loshe home run to cut the deficit to 4-2.

After giving up the home run, the Jimmies' Hope Ransome locked in, giving up three more hits while striking out five. The freshman finished the day going 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out eight.

"I think coming back with the right pitch to the right batter and just trusting my defense to make the plays for me," Ransome said about what allowed her to lock in.

After the home run from Lefebvre, the Jimmies had runners in scoring position four more times but were unable to cash in.

"They had the luxury of throwing the girl that was kind of a change-of-speeds pitcher and then bringing in somebody that threw 64, 65 (miles per hour)," Gall said. "So that was pretty tough and we didn't have terrible at-bats against Reegan Floyd, but she's pretty tough. She's gonna keep you at bay."

Ransome ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing two of the first three hitters to get on base before Bristol Foytik finished the job by getting two flyouts in a row to preserve the game.

"It was a little frustrating (to not be able to finish the game) but I also knew that Bristol had my back and that she'd come in and finish the job and that the defense would go to work for the team," Ransome said. "It's a team win at the end of the day no matter who finishes it."

MSU 2, UJ 4

MSU: 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 — 2 7 0

UJ: 2 2 0 0 0 0 X — 4 8 0

WP: Hope Ransome (3-0), LP: Calley Olson (1-1), SV: Bristol Foytik (2)

Scoring plays:

First inning:

MSU: Abby Loshe RBI single, Sydney Van Wickler scores

UJ: Samarah Martinez RBI single, Trinity Gregg scores

UJ: Gracie Fisher RBI sacrifice fly, Martinez scores

Second inning:

UJ: Mackenzie Lefebvre two-run HR, Ally Battistoni scores

Third inning:

MSU: Abby Loshe solo HR

The Jimmies got a gem from Abby Blair in a 2-1 win over the Beavers in the second game of the doubleheader.

Blair pitched a complete game, giving up one run on two hits, while walking one and striking out two. The sophomore pitched 4.2 perfect innings before giving up a double to the Beavers' Maizy Whitlow in the fifth.

Blair said her approach was to get ahead in counts and get groundballs.

"I thought I did pretty good," Blair said. "It's one of my better starts and one of my better finishes and I'm getting better and better each time. I'm trusting my team more and more and we're all getting better together. So, it's easier to go out and do my job knowing everyone behind me has me top to bottom no matter what."

The Jimmies (8-2) scored first for the fifth time this season, leading off the bottom of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. The Jimmies added on two batters later when Amanda Burch reached on an error and Kayla Quintanilla scored to make it 2-0.

The score stayed that way until the fifth when the Beavers' (5-3) Taylor Smith hit a single to score a run, cutting the deficit to 2-1. After the run-scoring single, the Beavers did not have another batter reach base for the rest of the game.

The Jimmies are now on an eight-game winning streak, which is tied for their seventh-longest winning streak since the 2005-06 season.

"I'd say our confidence is pretty high," Ransome said. "I mean 8-0 at home is a pretty big feat especially with teams that we'll be playing when we go D2 (NCAA Division II) in conference."

The Jimmies return to the diamond at 10 a.m. Monday, March 4, against Tabor College.

MSU 1, UJ 2

MSU: 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 1 2 2

UJ: 2 0 0 0 0 0 X — 2 6 0

WP: Abby Blair (4-1), LP: Gabi Dawyduk (1-2)

Scoring plays:

First inning:

UJ: Battistoni RBI single, Martinez scores

UJ: Amanda Burch reaches on an error, Kayla Quintanilla scores, unearned

Fifth inning:

MSU: Taylor Smith RBI single, Hannah Murray scores