Softball team takes two from Mount Marty College

Softball team takes two from Mount Marty College South Dakota women's softball team found offense aplenty in a sweep over Mount Marty, 12-4, 12-3, on March 28 in the DakotaDome.

It was a rough start to the season for upstart Mount Marty, playing their initial two games of the season. While the Lancers showed offensive spark at times, the night belonged to the Coyotes. South Dakota rolled up 24 runs and 22 hits in their doubleheader sweep. The Coyotes improved their overall record to 15-13.

Game 1 � USD 12, Mount Marty 4

In game one, South Dakota opened up a 5-0 lead after three innings and rolled to a 12-4 win in five innings. Sara Medved started and won her third game of the season. Medved (3-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in three and two-thirds innings with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Offensively, the Coyotes were led by all-American Tiffany Davis, who had a three run double, and third baseman Mollie Witherbee, who had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI. First baseman Keri Bolte and Leanna Chapman each collected two hits.

Melanie Robotham scored in the second inning and Davis's three-run double in the third scored Tiffany Hopkins, Chapman and Julie MacRunnels. Davis scored when Bolte doubled to left center.

Witherbee scored in the fourth inning, while in the fifth, the Coyotes scored six more runs in six hits. After Davis popped out, Bolte and Cara Ellwanger singled with both runners advancing a base on an error by Megan Hegerfeld. On a double steal, Bolte stole home and Ellwanger moved to second.

After a ground out, Witherbee singled to score Ellwanger. Then Hopkins singled to right field with Witherbee moving to second. A single by Chapman loaded the bases. Witherbee scored on a walk pitch and then Janice Alswager reached on an error by the shortstop with Chapman and Hopkins scoring on the play.

MacRunnels singled to center field that drove in Alswager.

Game 2 � USD 12, Mount Marty 3

South Dakota cruised to a 12-3 win in game two of the doubleheader with Mount Marty.

Freshman Ellwanger picked up her first win of the season by allowing just two hits in three innings of work. Ellwanger recorded a season high five strikeouts.

She entered the game in the second inning after Alswager started and allowed no runs and two hits in one inning of work. Tiffany Hill finished the game, striking out two hitters and allowing no runs and no hits in one inning of work.

The Coyotes scored three runs in the second inning by Jessica Bills, Kaja Martinson and Bolte. In the third inning, Davis scored on a single by Bolte and Robotham tripled to right center to score Bolte.

In the South Dakota fourth inning, Amie Mertens, Chapman and Ellwanger scored, and Davis hit her 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence. In the inning, the Coyotes scored five runs on four hits and two errors. The Coyotes added two more runs � Martinson and Jen Hedegaard � in the fifth inning.

In game two, MacRunnels and Bills both had two hits. South Dakota had 12 runs on 10 hits and one error while Mount Marty had three runs on four hits and two errors.

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