USD softball team splits final NCC doubleheader of 2007

USD softball team splits final NCC doubleheader of 2007
The University of South Dakota softball team split its final North Central Conference doubleheader of the 2007 regular season, falling to Augustana 5-0 in the first contest before rallying for a 3-0 victory in the nightcap. The Coyotes moved to 16-35 overall and 4-8 in the NCC with the split while the Vikings are now 16-21 on the year and 5-5 in league play.

In the opener, neither team was able to score until Augustana broke through by putting five runs on the board with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth. That proved to be the only scoring posted by either team throughout the game as the host Vikings took the first game of the doubleheader.

Sophomore pitcher Tagney Jones (Lincoln, NE) started and lasted 3-2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, five runs (all earned) and four walks while striking out two in falling to 6-22 on the year. Freshman Jasey Goedeken (Columbus, NE) relieved Jones in the bottom of the fourth and went the final 2-1/3, surrendering only one hit and one walk with a strikeout to her credit.

The nightcap saw South Dakota get on the board first when junior third baseman Krystal Kirwan (Omaha, NE) rip a single back up the box to send freshman shortstop Tiffany Mockenhaupt (Lincoln, NE) home from second base with two away in the top of the third.

The Coyotes added to their lead in the next inning when Jones ripped a shot to right that cleared the fence with ease, making the score 2-0 with one away. The USD rally was not over though as later in the inning, freshman pitcher Brittany Donohue (St. Paul, MN) helped her cause when beat out a two-out, infield hit that allowed senior leftfielder Stephanie Bergman (Ithaca, NE) to score what proved to be the final run of the game.

Donohue had a no-hitter going through four complete, but a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth ended her bid. Still, she allowed only that one hit without walking a batter and striking out three in evening her record at 5-5 on the season.

USD's nine hits were collected by eight different batters, with only Jones posting a multi-hit effort. She was 2-for-3 with her solo home run, her sixth four-bagger of the season.

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