Dragons defeat Coyotes in doubleheader

Dragons defeat Coyotes in doubleheader
The University of South Dakota softball team was swept in a non-conference doubleheader March 30 by MSU Moorhead in a pair of games that was scheduled only earlier in the day due to unfavorable conditions outside. The Dragons picked up 4-1 and 4-2 decision in the DakotaDome to improve to 13-5 on the year and sending USD to a 10-20 mark.

In the opener, sophomore pitcher Tagney Jones (Lincoln, NE) took the loss in falling to 3-13 on the year, allowing 11 hits, four runs (two earned) while striking out three and issuing no walks. At the plate, Jones was USD's main offensive threat by going 2-3 with a pair of doubles and a RBI.

MSUM struck first by scoring a run in the top of the first. The Coyotes answered back with a one-out ground rule double by Jones that drove home junior third baseman Krystal Kirwan (Omaha, NE), who led off the inning with a ground rule double of her own. The Dragons took the lead for good with a run in the top of the second, and added a pair of insurance tallied in the top of the seventh for good measure.

Jones again had USD's lone multi-hit effort in the nightcap, going 2-3, and pitched the final 4 2/3 innings, scattering four hits, one earned run and one strikeout while again not issuing a walk. Freshman Tiffany Mockenhaupt (Lincoln, NE) started the game on the mound and lasted 2 1/3 innings in surrendering four hits, three runs (all earned) and two walks in falling to 3-2 on the year.

Much like the first game, MSU Moorhead opened with a run in the top of the first, only to have the Coyotes even the score in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a one-out RBI single by Mockenhaupt that plated junior catcher Abby Poulter (Colfax, IA).

The Dragons then proceeded to score exactly one run in each of the next three innings to take a 4-1 lead into the fifth. South Dakota put together a serious threat in the bottom of the fifth by loading the bases with nobody away after getting an infield single by Poulter that scored sophomore rightfielder Ashley Weyers (Lincoln, NE). However, a MSUM pitching change led the Dragons to get out of the inning without allowing any further damage, and propelled the visitors to the sweep.

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