Coyote softball shut out on final day of Northwest Invitational

Coyote softball shut out on final day of Northwest Invitational On the final day of the Northwest Invitational, the South Dakota softball team (17-29) was shut out twice, including a 7-0 loss to Missouri Western and 1-0 defeat to host Northwest Missouri State.

In the first game, the 18th-ranked Griffons of Missouri Western State held USD to just one hit, a lead-off double by Angela Palma in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Missouri Western scored its first batter of the game and then added two in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh. Four runs were scored on three homeruns.

USD advanced two runners to third in the game, but was unable to score them as the Coyotes were retired in order in four out of the seven innings.

Palma, who fell to 6-12 on the season, gave up 10 hits in five innings of work. She struck out five in the game, walked two and allowed four earned runs.

Amber Terry pitched the last two innings and gave up two earned runs and walked one.

Against the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats (26-17), NWMS's pinch hitter Tami Phillips advanced to second on a fielding error in the top of the seventh inning. Then, Megan Stadler, who pinch ran for Phillips scored when Katy Johns hit a walk-off double to score Stadler for the only run of the game.

Alisha Yowell took the loss (8-9) despite pitching a gem for the Coyotes. Yowell scattering seven hits, striking out seven and walking one batter.

For NWMS, Lauren Lakebrink matched Yowell on the mound, allowing just three hits and striking out three.

The USD hits were a pair of singles from Steph Bergman and a single from Krystal Kirwan.

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