South Dakota falls three times at Northwest Missouri State

South Dakota falls three times at Northwest Missouri State The South Dakota softball team fell to 17-29 on the season after falling to Missouri Rolla, 3-2, Truman State, 2-0, and Central Missouri State, 4-2, at the Northwest Invitational hosted by Northwest Missouri State in Marysville, Mo.

In the first game of the day against Missouri-Rolla, USD jumped out on top by scoring two quick runs in the top of the first inning by getting three singles, one each from Kerri Starcevich, Alisha Yowell and Angela Palma. The Coyotes also benefited from a UMR error to take the lead.

The USD advantage held until the third inning, when Missouri-Rolla got a two-run home run to tie the game in the bottom of the third inning.

Then in the fourth, UMR, who had nine hits and two errors in the game, got a lead-off home run that served as the game-winner.

Amber Terry pitched the entire game for the Coyotes, who had no extra base hits in the game, giving up three earned runs and walking two. She struckout one.

In the second game, the Coyotes were held to three hits and committed four errors in a 2-0 loss to Truman State.

Palma pitched all seven innings and gave up seven hits. She allowed just one earned run while striking out three and walking two.

Truman State picked up a home run in the fifth inning and an unearned run in the sixth.

Junior Sarah Wrage picked up two of USD's three hits.

In the last game of the day, a 6:30 p.m. start, the Coyotes gave up a lead-off double and then a home run to the second batter, which gave the Central Missouri State Jennies a 2-0 lead.

Wrage then hit a solo homer in the third inning to bring USD to within one run, 2-1. However, the Jennies got a lead-off homer in bottom of the third to put CMSU up, 3-1.

The Jennies then added an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth.

The Coyotes tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh as Mesha Reynolds was hit by a pitched and scored after a wild pitch and a fielding error. USD's two-out rally was stopped on the next play on a ground out.

Terry took the loss going four innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out two.

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