USD rallies for 13-12 win, drops second game The South Dakota wind can be a little unpredictable, especially when it comes to playing a game with a light, round ball.
On a windy afternoon April 8, the South Dakota softball team (16-21, 2-2 NCC) rallied from a seven-run deficit in its last at-bat for a 13-12 North Central Conference win over St. Cloud State (20-13, 1-1 NCC) at the USD Softball Complex in the first game of a doubleheader.
In the second game, the Coyotes trailed 6-1 after five innings and fought back with two in the sixth and two runs in the seventh inning, but fell short, 6-5, in another bid at a seventh inning come-from-behind win.
The wind played havoc with any ball hit into the air and both teams struggled defensively with Mother Nature. Still, USD, which trailed 6-2 after two innings of the first game and 12-5 entering the seventh inning, was able to put together a winning rally and eight runs in the seventh inning.
Starting pitcher Angela Palma scored the winning run on an RBI ground ball by Sarah Wrage with two outs.
Wrage began the inning by singling to short, then, Katie Swanson advanced Wrage to third on a single. Nicole Jones hit a single to score Wrage. A few plays later, the Huskies' Lacey Trossbach walked Abby Poulter to load the bases. Kerri Starcevich then hit a two-run double to pull USD to within 12-8.
Alisha Yowell was hit by a pitch and Krystal Kirwan singled to center, scoring Poulter and Starcevich. With runners on first and second, Palma reached on an error by the second baseman and advanced to third, with Poulter and Starevich scoring, to set up the winning RBI from Wrage.
St. Cloud State jumped on USD early and often, scoring six runs in the first two innings and added six more in the fourth and fifth innings. The Huskies had two homeruns and three triples to aid their lead.
Neither starting pitcher received a decision as the Huskies' Stef Schroeder lasted just 2/3's of an inning, walking three and allowing an earned run.
Palma lasted four innings, but gave up 10 runs, nine earned, while striking out five and walking two.
Amber Terry came on in relief of Palma and pitched the remaining three innings to get the win and improve to 3-2 on the season. She gave up three hits, two runs and walked one.
At the plate for USD, Starcevich was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Swanson, Jones and Poulter each had two base hits. Poulter also had two RBI's along with Kirwan.
In the second game, the Coyotes again got behind early as three Huskies hit three homeruns to put their team up, 6-0, after the top of the fifth inning.
USD then started its attempt at another come-from-behind win, when Jones scored following a throwing error by SCSU in the fifth.
In the sixth, Palma hit her fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot to score Kirwan with no outs. However, the next three batters went down in order.
Then in the seventh inning, Steph Bergman scored after hitting a lead-off single, on a single by Poulter. Starcevich scored the last run of the game when Kirwan hit a hard single at the third baseman.
With runners on first and second, Yowell grounded out to third to end the game.
Yowell took the loss in the game, falling to 8-7, while pitching 4 1/3 innings and giving up six earned runs. She struck out three, walked one and gave up nine hits.
SCSU's Schroeder redeemed herself, by pitching the entire seven innings, allowing five runs, four of which were earned. Schroeder struck out six and walked five.