The MSUM softball team was hindered by the elements as well as the competition this weekend, losing three of their four games.
They managed to split their doubleheader against Wayne (Neb.) State College, losing the first game 6-0 before winning the second by the same score.
Sunday’s doubleheader against Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., was postponed until Monday due to rain. The Dragons dropped both of those games by scores of 13-0 and 8-1.
The Dragons could not find any traction in Saturday’s first game, as they managed just four hits.
Sophomore pitcher Brandi Hoewell only allowed five hits in six innings pitched, but also tallied seven walks.
The Dragon defense could not support her either, committing three errors.
The team gained some momentum in the second game, getting three consecutive base hits in the third inning, the last one, coming off the bat of senior shortstop AJ Hoefer, brought in two runs to give the Dragons the lead that they would keep for the rest of the game.
Junior pitcher Alexa D’Onofrio gave up five hits but no earned runs to get her first win of the season.
Augustana came out swinging right away, scoring 12 of their 13 runs in the first three innings. The game was called after five innings.
The Dragons were only able to produce one hit in the first game, which came from freshman shortstop Taylor Huss.
Howell gave up 12 hits, eight walks, and 12 earned runs in her 13th loss of the season.
The second game was not much better for the Dragons, but D’Onofrio managed to keep the Vikings hitless for the first three innings.
The Dragons, however, were also hitless in the first three innings. They only managed three hits in the game, and their lone run came by a walk from Hoefer.
The bats came out for Augustana halfway through the game. They scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. They finished the game with eight runs off of nine hits to put the Dragons away.
The Dragons moved to 9-28 on the year. They end the season with two doubleheaders this weekend, facing St. Cloud (Minn.) State on Saturday and Concordia University-St. Paul on Sunday.
BY DANNY DETERMAN