The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball pitchers limited Ellsworth Community College (ECC) to just three hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Panthers April 12 at Iowa Falls.


Freshman Molly Jacobsen of Adel threw a one-hitter in DMACC’s 11-1 win in the first game and sophomore Ashley Sicard of Ackley and freshman Gabby Schnathorst of Carlisle combined on a two-hitter as the Bears took the second game, 11-0.


The two wins extended DMACC’s winning streak to 16 games. The Bears, ranked sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll, improved to 31-5 overall and stayed unbeaten in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) at 16-0.


Jacobsen struck out eight batters and walked four as she improved to 15-2 for the season. DMACC trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but tied the game with a run in the top of the fifth and then closed out the win with four runs in the sixth and six runs in the seventh.


Sophomore Claire Dudek of Urbandale had two hits in the win, including a home run, and drove in three runs. Freshman Bailey Richards of Des Moines also drove in three runs behind a pair of hits and Jacobsen, freshman Bre Hunter of Boone and sophomore Megan Rushing of Des Moines came away with two hits apiece. Sophomore Taylor Creason of Lee’s Summit, Mo., drove in two runs for the Bears.


Sicard pitched three innings and notched her 14th win of the season against two losses in DMACC’s win in the second game. She allowed one hit, struck out three and walked one. Schnathorst worked the final two innings of the game, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.


DMACC took a 6-0 with three runs in the second and three in the third and put the game away with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. The game was called because of the mercy rule after ECC batted in the bottom of the fifth.


Dudek led DMACC’s 12-hit attack with three hits and freshman Abby Gehringer of Indianola and Creason had two hits apiece. Sophomore Kenzi Sutton of Adel recorded three RBIs in the win and Dudek and Creason drove in two runs apiece.


The DMACC softball team will host Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in a doubleheader April 14 at the DMACC softball diamond. SWCC is 4-19 overall and 3-15 in the ICCAC.