USD softball splits on final day of Rebel Spring Games

USD softball splits on final day of Rebel Spring Games
The South Dakota women's softball team (2-10) earned a split on its final day of play at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, FL, March 11.

The Coyotes fell to the sixth-ranked Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars, 6-1, before defeating the Wayne State (MI) Warriors, 4-3.

Against SIU-E, the Coyotes scored in its first at-bat when senior Sarah Wrage (Cherokee, IA) hit an double to center field to score sophomore Krystal Kirwan (Omaha, NE), who reached on a single to center.

However, it was all of the scoring and all of the hits USD could muster as the Cougars scored two runs in each of the third, fourth and sixth innings to garner the win.

On the mound, the Coyotes' freshman Tagney Jones (Lincoln, NE) suffered her third loss of the season as she allowed six earned runs on six hits. She struck out three batters and walked five.

SIU-E's Kaitlin Colosimo allowed the lone USD run and gave up both hits, as she struck out eight batters and walked none.

In its second game, after Wayne State pushed a run across in the top of the first inning, the Coyotes answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. USD scored thanks to a walk, an error, two wild pitches and a suicide squeeze play.

USD added a run in the bottom of the third inning and then tacked on another in the bottom of the fourth to hold on for the win. In the fourth inning, Jones walked and scored after the left fielder dropped a fly ball hit by senior Kerri Starcevich (Monroe, IA).

The Warriors made a push by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning, but left the tying run stranded.

Senior Alisha Yowell (Omaha, NE) improved to 1-4 on the season after pitching all seven innings. Yowell allowed two earned runs and struck out two batters.

Wayne State's Meghan Misiak suffered the loss by allowing four runs (one earned) and walking eight batters and throwing five wild pitches.

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