Coyotes win thriller in extra winnings

Coyotes win thriller in extra winnings
The University of South Dakota picked up two more wins at the Rebel Spring Games, including a dramatic 10-inning win over Holy Family. USD started the day by winning the extra inning dual with Holy Family 3-2 before defeating Massachusetts-Lowell 11-4.

The two wins improve USD's record to 7-5 on the season.

Game One vs. Holy Family

Abby Poulter's RBI base hit to centerfield in the bottom of the 10th inning helped Mel Johnson pick up a well deserved win in USD's first game of the day. After the two teams played to a 2-2 tie through seven full innings, the teams then played under the international tie-breaker rule.

Emily Chvatal started the 10th frame on second base as part of the international tie-breaker rule. On the first at bat of the inning, Erin Corner moved Chvatal over to third base on a sac bunt. Two batters later Poulter, who went 4-for-5 at the plate, knocked in the game-winning run. It was Poulter's second RBI of the game.

Johnson pitched a complete game to remain perfect on the season at 2-0. The freshman from Sioux Falls, allowed three runs (2 earned) and struck out five to lower her ERA to 0.78 over 18 innings of work this season.

Game Two vs. Massachusetts-Lowell

The Coyote offense wasted no time in getting to work against UML. They scored 10 runs in the game's opening frame. Every starter scored in the first inning, including leadoff hitter Ashley Weyers who scored twice in the inning. USD's patience at the plate paid off as three of the players that scored in the first inning reach base on a walk. The Coyotes were issued a walk six times in total in the game.

Chvatal and Poulter had strong a game at the plate. The two combined for five RBIs and two runs. Chvatal went 1-for-3 with three RBIs while Poulter knocked in a pair on a base hit to the outfield.

Freshman Cortney Heim earned another complete game victory. She struck out eight batters over seven innings and walked just two. She did allow all four of UML's runs.

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