USD softball drops 3 games The South Dakota softball team (23-36) dropped three games at the Minnesota State, Mankato Tournament April 30, including a 3-2 loss to Minnesota State-Moorhead, 4-3 to Winona State in eight innings and 8-2 to Southwest Minnesota State at Caswell Field in North Mankato, MN.
In the opening game of the day against the Dragons from MSU-Moorhead, the Coyotes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning by getting two runs off three hits and one error.
Freshman Abby Poulter bunted her way on with one out and advanced to third on a single from freshman Krystal Kirwan. After Kirwan stole second, Kerri Starcevich singled to right and then advanced on a fielding error by the right fielder. Her hit scored both Poulter and Kriwan.
USD's lead was short lived as the Dragons scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to end the scoring.
Junior Alisha Yowell surrendered four hits in the inning and the Coyotes had an error that led to the MSU-Moorhead scoring.
Yowell, who fell to 9-11 on the season, gave up eight hits in the game and two earned runs, while striking out three and walking two.
On the mound for MSU-Moorhead, Julie Vancura gave up just three hits and one earned run, while striking out six and walking two batters.
In the second game, USD again got the lead, 2-0, in the bottom of the fourth inning, but gave up two runs in the top of the sixth. The Coyotes retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth, with a run, but gave up one in both the top of the seventh and one in the top of the eighth.
In the fourth, Starcevich started the inning with a triple and junior Sarah Wrage reached on a bunt. Senior Angela Palma hit an RBI single and Wrage advanced to second. After Steph Bergman sacrificed moving Wrage and Palma to third and second, respectively, Yowell singled to score Wrage.
After the teams exchanged runs, Winona State's Sarah Carlson scored the winning run in the top of the eighth by hitting a solo homerun off of Palma.
Palma (8-15) pitched all eight innings and gave up eight hits and four earned runs. She struck out four and walked no one.
Palma's counterpart Elissa Wisiewski threw eight innings and scattered six hits. She gave up three earned runs, struckout eight and walked two Coyotes.
USD, who got six hits compared to eight for the Warriors, had two extra base hits in the game, a double from Kirwan and a triple from Starcevich.
Then in the final game of the day, the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs got six hits off of both Yowell (9-12) and junior Amber Terry to get the 8-2 win.
Already down, 4-0, the Coyotes scored its lone two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Wrage led off with a bunt and then stole second. Palma singled to the left side advanced to second on the throw, while Wrage moved to third.
Bergman knocked an RBI single to left field and Wrage scored. After the Mustangs failed to get Wrage out at home, they picked Palma off at third. Later, Terry singled to left scoring Bergman from third.
Yowell gave up six hits and four earned runs in 2.2 innings. She struckout three and walked two, while taking the loss. Terry also gave up six hits and four earned runs in 3.1 innings. Terry struckout four and walked one batter. The two gave up three homeruns in the game.
Shannon Linquist got the win for the Mustangs, scattering five hits and giving up two earned runs. Linquist struckout three Coyotes and walked two.
Starcevich picked up two singles in the game for USD, who had no extra base hits.