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Playing at the Energy Sports Complex in Gillette, Wyoming, the Black Hills State University softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Metro State-Denver Sunday.

The Yellow Jackets lost the first game 7-1 and the second game 5-4.

In the first game BHSU committed three errors, as three of the seven runs scored were unearned.

The Roadrunners scored three runs in the top of the second inning and four runs in the fourth. BHSU's lone run came in the bottom of the second.

The only Yellow Jackets run was also unearned, as Maddi Fielder scored on a throwing error. Fielder also hit two doubles in the game.

MSU-Denver starting pitcher Darby McGhee (12-8) went seven runs, giving up six hits and striking out three. BHSU starter Melissa Gellermann (4-11) also went the distance, giving up 10 hits, four earned runs and striking out three in the loss. 

In the second game MSU-Denver jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one run in both the first and second and three runs in the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, Brittany Henricksen scored on a fielder's choice to cut the lead to 5-1, but it was the sixth where BHSU made some noise.

Henricksen came up to bat and singled up the middle which scored Morgan Smith and Kindall Bethke. Henricksen would come around the score when Alex Wiley reached on a throwing error.

No one scored in the seventh, and the Yellow Jackets dropped their second game of the day.

BHSU is now 8-22 and 8-13 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Yellow Jackets and the Roadrunners (25-19, 20-10) will have another doubleheader today which starts at 11 a.m. in Gillette.

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Mines wins four events at Kit Mayer Invitational

The South Dakota School of Mines men's track and field team won three events and the women won one over the weekend at the Kit Mayer Invitational at Colorado School of Mines.

Cody Allen won the shot put with a 15.74 meter mark. The 4x100 meter relay team won that event with a time of 42.34 seconds.

Andrew Ferris took home first in the 800 in 1:53.6. Kevin Thompson finished second in the 100 behind Davion Taylor from Colorado. Taylor finished in 10.72 while Thompson came in at 11.06.

On the women's side, Adeline Straatmeyer continued her strong season with a win in the 1,500 in 4:55.4.

Mines will travel east to the Northern State Invitational in Aberdeen which begins Friday.

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