OMAHA, Neb. -- The Bellevue University softball pitching staff gave up just one run on the day as the Bruins recorded a North Star Athletic Association doubleheader sweep over visiting Dakota State University Tuesday afternoon at Roy Smith Field. BU won by scores of 9-1 and 2-0.
With the sweep, the Bruins improved to 27-15 on the season and 10-4 in the NSAA. DSU dropped to 5-24 overall and 2-12 in league play.
The Bruins will travel to Dickinson, N.D. on Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14, for a four-game conference series at Dickinson State University. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. (central time) and Sunday's twin bill will commence at noon.
Game 1: Bellevue 9, Dakota State 1 (6 innings)
The Bruins pounded out 13 hits and used the solid pitching of Monique Ashley to record the 9-1 victory in the opener.
The Trojans grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single to center field by Nicole Stewart. DSU connected on three-straight hits in the opening inning but left the bases loaded as Ashley struck out Taylor Poe to end the threat and keep it a one-run game.
A two-run single to center field by Egan gave the Bruins a 3-1 advantage in the bottom of the third frame.
The Bruins increased the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run single to right field by Grace Glotfelty.
A two-run homer to deep center field by Erin Sharpe pushed the margin to 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth. It marked Sharpe's team-leading seventh round-tripper of the season.
Ashley improved to 8-7 on the season, allowing just three hits, all in the first inning. She struck out eight batters in six innings in the circle.
Stefani Gollin (2-7) suffered the loss, allowing 13 hits and seven earned runs with three walks and one strikeout in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Game 2: Bellevue 2, Dakota State 0
A solo shot over the right-field fence by Egan put the Bruins up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning. Egan made it 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double down the right-field line that scored Mendick from second.
Brock (10-2) picked up her 10th win of the season, scattering three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Xitali Lopez (3-8) was tagged with the loss, giving up eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts in six innings.
Egan finished the day 5-for-7 with two doubles and four RBIs to pace the Bruin offense.