UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | April 23, 2024

Red Storm softball hold rival scoreless

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Dixie State University softball played another doubleheader and recorded another pair of shutout victories.

The Red Storm swept Brigham Young University-Hawaii Monday 10-0 in the first game and 2-0 in the second game.

Junior pitcher Aryn Feickert and senior pitcher Mattie Snow both threw five strikeouts in game one to hold the Vulcans scoreless.

Junior pitcher Michelle Duncan picked up the win in the second game. Duncan allowed only one hit in seven innings of work. The win brings Duncan’s winning streak to 11 straight games, and she improved to 11-1 on the year.

“We are all very confident behind Michelle, and she is a very good pitcher,” said Bailee Freeland, a junior accounting major from Ogden. “She wants to win more than anyone. We are actually good friends, so I really love playing with her.”

DSU recorded eight hits in the second game but were only able to put up two runs. Head coach Randy Simkins said he wishes to improve on scoring.

“We have to keep taking advantage of those opportunities by focusing and concentrating when (we) get into hitter’s counts,” Simkins said. “But we need to be able to drive in the runs.”

Regardless of the low-scoring result in the second game, DSU is still ranked No. 3 nationally in batting average and No. 10 in runs per game.

“I didn’t think we would be this good of a hitting team, but we even have kids on the bench that have some unreal numbers,” Simkins said. “We have a lot of good hitters that are not getting as many at bats as I would like to get them, but that is a great problem to have.”

With the postseason looming, the team knows it’s time to record all the stops it can.

“We are just getting into the peak of our season now,” Freeland said. “We have gotten better every game this season. And with regionals and super regionals coming up, we just have to keep it up.”

Snow and senior infielder Brooke Budge played their last game at Karl Brooks Field Tuesday.