JAMESTOWN, N.D. – For a seventh time in Morningside College head coach Jessica Jones-Sitzmann‘s career, the Mustangs reached the 40-win mark Saturday, May 1.
Staving off a three-game skid after an excellent pitching duel in game one went the way of University of Jamestown standout Kat Miska by a 1-0 count, the Maroon battled back in the nightcap. Junior Katherine Wurtz (JR/Omaha, NE) (Omaha, Neb.) worked around a home run and four walks to pick up the circle win, highlighted by six strikeouts. On the offensive end, junior outfielder Ellie Cropley (JR/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa) rapped three hits, drove in a run, and scored two. Fellow upperclasswomen junior infielders Bre Tjebben (Fort Dodge, Iowa) and Morgan Nixon (JR/Omaha, NE) (Omaha, Neb.) tallied RBI, too, to send Mside to a 6-3 victory at UJ’s Trapper Field.
Freshman pitcher Lisa Bolton (SO/American Canyon, CA) (American Canyon, Calif.) went toe-to-toe with Miska, one of the league and region’s top pitchers. She struck out two and allowed only four hits and two walks. Senior designated hitter Ashton Whited (SR/Elkhorn, NE) (Elkhorn, Neb.) did gather a pair of safeties against the Jimmies’ starter. Still, Miska worked around those and three other singles to hold on for the triumph.
Morningside concluded the regular season at 40-7 overall and 18-4 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action, suitable for runner-up status. The Mustangs and regular-season champions Midland University are venue hosts for the 2021 conference championships Wednesday and Thursday, May 5-6, with the top remaining seed hosting the finals Saturday, May 7.