Coyote softball drops pair at UNO tournament

Coyote softball drops pair at UNO tournament The South Dakota softball team (14-19) fell to Truman State and Southwest Minnesota State both by one-run each, 3-2, and 2-1 respectively, in the final day (April 3) of the Nebraska-Omaha Tournament at Dill Field.

USD attempted to avenge its earlier season loss to Truman State, however, the Coyotes bid fell short as the Lady Bulldogs scored two runs with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to garner the win.

South Dakota, who was out-hit 9-5, got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning, when Nicole Jones hit a two-run home run to put USD ahead 2-0.

Truman State answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth and then the game-winners in the bottom of the seventh.

On the mound, senior Angela Palma surrendered seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. She allowed two runs, while striking out two and walking one.

Also for the Coyotes, junior Sarah Wrage was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. She was the lone Coyote with multiple hits.

Against Southwest Minnesota State, runs were at a premium as the Coyotes again scored first on two of the Mustangs' errors in the fourth inning, to go up, 1-0.

SMSU answered in the sixth inning with a run, off a lead-off double and a single, but left the game tied, leaving two runners on base.

The Mustangs, who had five hits in the game, scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning as USD allowed two hits and had a wild pitch.

Alisha Yowell took the loss, pitching all seven innings and allowing five hits. Both runs allowed were earned as she struck out eight and walked two.

At the plate, the Coyotes managed just four singles, one each from Kerri Starcevich, Yowell, Wrage and Steph Bergman.

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