BELLEVUE, Neb. -- The Bellevue University softball team split a pair of North Star Athletic Association contests on Thursday at the Lied Activity Center, dropping the opener to Mayville State, 3-2, in eight innings before rebounding for a 6-2 victory over Dickinson State in the nightcap.
Bellevue is now 25-18 on the season.
The Bruins will host the same two teams on Friday. BU will battle Dickinson State at 11 a.m. and Mayville State at 3 p.m.
Mayville State 3, Bellevue 2 (8 innings)
A walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning by pitcher Shaye Kemball gave the Comets the 2-1 victory in the opening game of the day.
Sayde Woten led BU offensively, driving in both of BU's runs, going 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run.
AJ Tinoco drove in the game's first run with an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the first inning. The Bruins tied it up at 1-1 with Woten's RBI single up the middle in the top of the second that scored Maddie Siedlik from third.
With two outs and an 0-2 count, Woten crushed a homer over the left-field fence to give BU its first lead of the game at 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning.
Megan Rabe's RBI double to center field tied the contest at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth frame. Neither team threatened until Kemball's game-winning double in the bottom of the eighth drove in Kiana Ishikawa from second base.
Kemball (6-10) earned the win, scattering five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in eight innings of work.
Lexi LeCalsey (10-7) suffered the loss, allowing three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings in the circle.
Bellevue 6, Dickinson State 2
Erin Sharpe went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a double and a home run, while also getting the win in the circle as the Bruins cruised to the 6-2 win in the nightcap.
The Bruins got on the board quickly with a two-run homer to left field by Sharpe in the top of the first. It was her nation-leading 15th home run of the season.
The Blue Hawks cut the deficit to 4-1 in the bottom of the third, scoring on a throwing error by Kinman that allowed Sarah Dobitz to plate a run.
A two-run double to left field by Sharpe pushed the BU advantage to 6-1 in the top of the fourth inning.
DSU scored another unearned run in the bottom of the sixth on a throwing error by right fielder Siedlik, to slice the lead to 6-2.
Sharpe struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the victory, her 12th of the season.
Sharpe (12-3) allowed five hits with no walks, no earned runs, and a season-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Jalen Creech (7-6) was tagged with the loss, giving up six runs and six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.