Softball team splits with Morningside on weekend

Softball team splits with Morningside on weekend South Dakota women's softball team split a doubleheader with Morningside College in nonconference action March 21 in the DakotaDome.

Morningside won a slugfest in game one with a 17-6 decision before South Dakota rebounded by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a thrilling 5-4 win in the second game of the doubleheader. South Dakota moves to 9-11 on the season and Morningside is 8-12.

Morningside 17, USD 6

The Mustangs put on an offensive display in game one, scoring five runs in both the first and sixth innings as they rolled past South Dakota, 17-6. Morningside had 17 runs on 17 hits and one error while South Dakota had six runs on nine hits and no errors.

For the Coyotes, Tiffany Davis had two home runs and four RBI. After the two home runs, Davis was walked intentionally in her next six at bats of the doubleheader.

USD's starting pitcher Tiffany Hill lasted just one-third of an inning. She allowed four hits and five runs. Janice Alswager pitched four and one-third innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits. She was lifted in the fifth for freshman Sara Medved who allowed two hits and three runs in one-third of an inning. Cara Ellwanger pitched one inning for the Coyotes, allowing three hits and a run.

USD 5, Morningside 4

South Dakota scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a 5-4 win and a split of the doubleheader with Morningside.

Hill also started the second game and fared much better against the Mustangs. She threw a complete game, nine-hitter in moving her record to 3-5 on the season. She allowed four runs, walked four hitters and struck out a hitter.

Leanna Chapman had three hits in four trips with a run scored and a RBI. Jessica Bills had a pair of hits including a double, and freshman Keri Bolte also had two hits. The Coyotes had five runs on 11 hits.

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