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Dixie State softball: Storm head to Northern California for eight-game swing

Dixie State softball head coach Randy Simkins (right) talks to his players during a timeout vs. Western Washington on Feb. 13. The Red Storm are on the road in Northern California for eight games in five days.
Dixie State softball head coach Randy Simkins (right) talks to his players during a timeout vs. Western Washington on Feb. 13. The Red Storm are on the road in Northern California for eight games in five days.
Stan Plewe, Dixie State Athletics

After a four-game weekend series at home, the No. 19 Dixie State softball team is back on the road this week for a stretch of eight games in five days in Northern California.

The Red Storm (17-7, 5-3 PacWest) will travel to Belmont, California, for a doubleheader vs. Notre Dame de Namur starting at 2 p.m. MT, on Wednesday, followed by another doubleheader vs. NDNU at 2 p.m. MT, on Thursday. The Thursday doubleheader will be played at the College of San Mateo in nearby San Mateo, California, due to field conditions at NDNU.

DSU will head to San Rafael, California, for a doubleheader at Dominican at 1 p.m. MT, on Saturday. The Storm close the trip on Sunday with a non-conference doubleheader at Chico State in Chico, California, starting at noon MT.

All-time vs. NDNU

Wednesday’s series-opening game marks the 28th meeting between Dixie State and Notre Dame de Namur. The teams first met on Feb. 15, 2008, at the Division II Leadoff Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. The Storm won the inaugural matchup, 5-0. NDNU earned its first victory in the series later that year on April 12, in St. George, a 6-2 victory. The Argonauts strung together a three-game win streak from 2013 to 2014, but since then, DSU has won the last three matchups and holds a 23-4 lead in the series, including a 5-1 mark at NDNU.

All-time vs. DOMINICAN

Saturday’s series-opening game marks the 21st meeting between Dixie State and Dominican. The teams first met on April 21, 2010, in San Rafael, California. DSU won the inaugural matchup, 21-0, and has not dropped a game to the Penguins. The Storm hold a 20-0 series lead, including 10-0 mark in San Rafael.

All-time vs. CHICO STATE

Sunday’s series-opening game marks the fifth meeting between Dixie State and Chico State, and marks the first time in the series a game will be played on one of the teams’ home field. The teams first met on Feb. 15, 2008, at the Division II Leadoff Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. DSU won the inaugural matchup, 4-3. The Wildcats responded with back-to-back series wins in 2010, including a 4-3 victory over the Storm in the NCAA West Regional Championship in Rohnert Park, California. The Red Storm won the most recent matchup, 1-0, on March 30, 2012, at the Tournament of Champions in Turlock, California. The series is currently tied at 2-2.

Know your foe

NDNU enters the four-game series with a 5-10 overall record and 4-6 mark in Pacific West Conference play. The Argonauts have recorded PacWest wins over Hawai’i Pacific (two) and BYU-Hawaii (two) and are led by sophomore infielder Toni Cardoza (.404, four RBIs).

Dominican enters the week with a 10-15 overall record an 8-6 mark in the PacWest. The Penguins have recorded conference wins over Concordia, Hawai’i Hilo, Chaminade (two), Hawai’i Pacific and BYU-Hawaii (three). DUC is led by junior infielder Catlyn Cavender (.351, eight RBIs, two HR), senior outfielder Tori Johnson (.333, five RBIs) and freshman infielder Dahlen Dennis (.325, 10 RBIs, four HR).

Chico State enters the week with a 16-6 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Wildcats are riding a six-game win streak and are led by freshman outfielder Megan Bowley (.421, six RBIs) and senior infielder Desiree Gonzalez (.397, 19 RBIs, twp HR).

Last time out

Dixie State earned a four-game sweep over Hawai’i Pacific last week, taking both games of a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday.

Janessa Bassett led the way at the plate, batting .667 (10-of-15) for the week with four RBIs. Bassett went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in a 13-1, five-inning victory over the Sharks in game one on Saturday and followed that up with a 4-for-5, two RBI performance in game two, driving in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh.

Jessica Gonzalez was also a big contributor, batting .455 (5-of-11) with six RBIs and a home run. Gonzalez hit a game-winning, walk-off home run in game two on Saturday and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in game one on Sunday. She capped the weekend with a game-winning, walk-off RBI double in game two on Sunday to complete the series sweep of HPU.

Aryn Feickert led the way in the pitcher’s circle, going 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA. She struck out 18 batters and walked just three in 14.1 innings pitched, appearing in three of the four games.

Up next

The Storm return to Karl Brooks field for a doubleheader vs. Chaminade next Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Red Storm Athletics. Contact him at keric.seegmiller@dixie.edu.