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Dixie State softball: No. 15 Red Storm host Chaminade in Wednesday twinbill

The Dixie State softball team huddles before its game vs. Western Oregon on Feb. 12. The No. 15 Red Storm host Chaminade on Wednesday in a PacWest Conference doubleheader.
The Dixie State softball team huddles before its game vs. Western Oregon on Feb. 12. The No. 15 Red Storm host Chaminade on Wednesday in a PacWest Conference doubleheader.
Stan Plewe, Dixie State Athletics

After playing six games in four days in Northern California, the No. 15 Dixie State softball team returns to Karl Brooks Field on Wednesday to open an eight-game home stand with a doubleheader vs. Chaminade at 3 p.m. Live coverage is scheduled on television and Internet.

The Red Storm (23-7, 11-3 PacWest) are riding a 10-game win streak, the longest current win streak in the Pacific West Conference. DSU currently sits in third place in the PacWest standings, behind Hawai’i Hilo and Azusa Pacific.

All-time vs. Chaminade

Wednesday’s series-opening game marks the 28th meeting between Dixie State and Chaminade. The teams first met on April 15, 2007, in Honolulu. DSU won the inaugural matchup, 9-1, sparking a 20-game win streak for the Storm in the series. The Silverswords earned their first victory in the series on March 3, 2013, a 7-1 win in Honolulu. Since then, DSU has won the last six matchups and holds a 26-1 series lead, including a 12-0 mark at Karl Brooks Field.

Know your foe

Chaminade enters Wednesday’s doubleheader with an 8-14 overall record and a 4-8 mark in PacWest play, with PacWest wins over BYU-Hawaii, Notre Dame de Namur (two) and Academy of Art. The ‘Swords are led by junior infielder Jenn Betian (.321/seven RBIs/HR), senior infielder Amber Manuel (.303/11 RBIs/HR) and freshman infielder Rainelle Matsuoka (.247/15 RBIs/six HR).

Gonzalez named Player of the Week

Freshman catcher Jessica Gonzalez was named PacWest Player of the Week in helping the Storm to a 6-0 record in Northern California last week. She hit .588 (10-17) with four extra-base hits, four walks, four runs, 11 RBIs and a 1.176 slugging percentage. She had multiple hits in four games, including a 3-for-3 performance with a home run and three RBIs in the final game against NDNU. She hit a home run in each of DSU’s three doubleheaders on the week, including a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning in the first game at Dominican on Saturday to cap a five-RBI performance. Gonzalez leads the PacWest in RBIs (32) and slugging percentage (.806), and she is third in batting average (.463) and on-base percentage (.530).

Last time out

The Storm went 6-0 on their Northern California road trip, sweeping a four-game series at Notre Dame de Namur on Wednesday (1-0, 6-0) and Thursday (5-1, 5-1) and winning both games of a doubleheader at Dominican on Saturday (11-1, 6-1). Sunday’s scheduled doubleheader at Chico State was canceled due to inclement weather.

Up next

The Storm host Hawai’i Hilo in a doubleheader 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.