Bulldogs defeat USD softball team

Bulldogs defeat USD softball team
The University of South Dakota softball team could not hold off the offensive explosion put forth by Minnesota Duluth in dropping both ends of a North Central Conference doubleheader played at the USD Softball Complex, falling 10-1 (in five innings) and 10-6. The Coyotes fell to 13-25 overall and 2-4 in the NCC while UMD evened both of its records by improving to 12-12 on the year and 2-4 in league play.

In the opener, the Bulldogs scored at least one run in four out of five innings en route to their 10-run, 13-hit performance. The score was 3-1 after three innings, with South Dakota closing to within two runs thanks to a solo home run by freshman shortstop Tiffany Mockenhaupt (Lincoln, NE) to lead off the third, her third round-tripper of the year. However, UMD responded with five runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to end the game early due to the eight-run rule.

Sophomore Tagney Jones (Lincoln, NE) started at pitcher and took the loss in falling to 5-15 on the year by allowing eight hits, seven runs (all earned) and two walks while striking out four in 3-2/3 innings of work.

Mockenhaupt pitched the final 1-1/3 innings and gave up five hits, three runs (all earned) and a walk.

The second game started out much as the first one ended as Minnesota Duluth jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings of play. USD staved off a potential early ending to the afternoon with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth that came via a two-out, two-run double to center by senior leftfielder Stephanie Bergman (Ithaca, NE).

UMD added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to push its lead to 10-2 while notching 13 hits for the second consecutive game. The Coyotes had visions of yesterday's rally in their heads when they came from four runs down to topple St. Cloud State in the bottom of the seventh, and were able to score four runs before making the last out.

Freshman Jasey Goedeken (Columbus, NE) threw the first inning for USD and took the loss, moving to 0-1 on the year, by surrendering five hits and three runs (all earned). Jones went the final six innings and allowed eight hits, seven runs (five earned) and five walks while striking out five.

Bergman led the Coyote offensive charge by going 2-3 with a double, a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Junior third baseman Krystal Kirwan (Omaha, NE) and junior catcher Abby Poulter (Colfax, IA) were both 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored apiece.

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