USD softball posts 1-2 record on first day of classic

USD softball posts 1-2 record on first day of classic
The University of South Dakota softball team posted a 1-2 record in the first day of play at the Microtel Inn & Suites Classic, sandwiching a 5-3 victory over Upper Iowa between a 5-3 loss to Winona State and a 10-5 defeat to the hands of Missouri Western State. The Coyotes fell to 19-37 with the results on the day.

The opener against Winona State saw USD jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The scoring spree started with a single through the right side by sophomore first baseman Tagney Jones (Lincoln, NE) that plated junior third baseman Krystal Kirwan (Omaha, NE). Later in the inning, freshman pitcher Brittany Donohue (St. Paul, MN) aided her own cause with a one-out, bases loaded single that sent junior catcher Abby Poulter (Colfax, IA) plateward.

South Dakota's third run of the inning, and ultimately the game, came via a sacrifice fly by freshman centerfielder Jasey Goedeken (Columbus, NE) allowing Jones to score on the play. The Warriors broke up the shutout bid with a run in the top of the fourth, and evened the score at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the fifth.

WSU completed the victorious rally with two more runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3 advantage. The Coyotes were able to get the tying run to second base with one out in the bottom half of the frame, but could not push it across in dropping the first game of the day.

Donohue went the distance and took the loss, falling to 6-6 on the year by surrendering 10 hits, five runs (three earned) and one walk while striking out four. Four different Coyotes had a two-hit game, led by Kirwan going 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Both Jones and Poulter were 2-3 with a run scored, with Jones adding a RBI as well, with Donohue batting 2-4 with a RBI.

Goedeken was the story for USD's game against Upper Iowa as she took to the rubber and carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. In the sixth, she retired the first two batters she faced – bringing her total to 17 straight outs to open the game – before allowing a slap infield single to end the bid for perfection. Still, Goedeken evened her record on the year at 2-2 by scattering five hits, three runs – none of which were earned – while issuing no walks and striking out two in a complete game effort.

The Coyotes broke through with three runs in the top of the fourth with Donohue starting the scoring off with a single down the right-field line that plated Jones. Later in the inning, freshman shortstop Tiffany Mockenhaupt (Lincoln, NE) connected on a two-out, two-RBI single to push the lead to 3-0.

South Dakota added a run in the fifth via a RBI single by senior leftfielder Stephanie Bergman (Ithaca, NE), and got one more in the sixth when Goedeken scored on a wild pitch, making the score 5-0.

Upper Iowa got one run in the sixth back after ending Goedeken's perfect game bid, then made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh by scoring two more and sending the winning run to the plate. However, Goedeken induced a ground-out on a comebacker to end the game.

Donohoe was 2-4 against the Peacocks with a RBI to her credit, while Kirwan was 2-3 with a run scored and a pair of stolen bases.

Like the previous two games of the day, South Dakota got on the board first by posting four runs in the bottom of the opening frame. The first two runs came via a blast to center by Jones, her seventh-home run of the year. The Coyotes added another run on a RBI single by freshman designated player Rachel Fricke (Monroe, NE), then the fourth on a double by Goedeken that sent Fricke across the plate.

USD pushed its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third when Goedeken ripped her second double of the game, this time scoring Bergman on the play. Missouri Western State immediately got back into the game with a four-run rally in the top of the fourth to slice its deficit to 5-4.

The score remained 5-4 until the top of the seventh when the Griffons put together a massive two-out rally, scoring six runs and taking their first lead of the game, heading into the bottom half of the seventh with a 10-5 advantage. The Coyotes were unable to put any runners on in the seventh and the game ended with the score standing at 10-5 in favor of MWSU.

Jones started at pitcher and went a total of 3-2/3 innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out five. Donohue took the loss in relief, falling to 6-7 by surrendering eight hits, six runs (five earned) and two walks while striking out three in 3-1/3 innings.

Goedeken was the lone USD player to record a multi-hit game by going 2-3 with her pair of doubles and two RBIs.

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