Coyotes finish with a 1-1 outing at tournament

Coyotes finish with a 1-1 outing at tournament The University of South Dakota softball team went 1-1 at the MSU Microtel Tournament. The Coyotes fell in their first game 2-1 to Central Missouri and then defeated Concordia-St. Paul 5-1. Game One vs. Central Missouri The Coyote offense struggled to put anything together against the Jennies. They managed just one run of four hits in the game. USD��?s lone run wasn��?t scored until the bottom of the sixth inning when Cortney Heim (Fr., Plattsmouth, NE) delivered a RBI base hit to left field that scored Mel Johnson (Fr., Sioux Falls). USD starter Brittany Donohue (So., St. Paul, MN) exited the game early, due three illegal pitches that were called against her. One of Donohue��?s illegal pitches moved Whitney Sandberg into scoring position, which eventually scored the game��?s first run for UCM. Donohue pitched just 2.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run. She did strike out two batters in the game. Game Two vs. Concordia-St. Paul South Dakota got on the board first in its final game of the day. Krystal Kirwan (Sr., Omaha, NE) reached base on an error to lead off the inning for the Coyotes. After moving into scoring position on a sac bunt, she scored on a Mel Johnson RBI. USD would tack on another run to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. The first three batters collected a base hit to start the inning. Callie Roan (So., So. Sioux City, NE), who led off the inning with a single, scored on an RBI hit to the outfield by Johnson. The Coyotes would take a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Shara Thompson (Fr., Brookings) delivered a leadoff, solo home run. The homer was Thompson��?s third of the season, tying her for the team lead with Kirwan. They would then add two more insurance runs in the sixth and seventh inning thanks to errors by Concordia. The Golden Bears committed four errors in the game, three of which accounted for Coyote runs. Donohue had an RBI base hit in the sixth to score Johnson and then in the seventh Roan��?s RBI base hit scored Dani Bahlmann (So., Marshall, MN). The Golden Bears would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh. On the first pitch from Donohue, Mallory Olsen hit a leadoff homer to bring the game to 5-1 in favor of USD. However, Donohue would shake off the homer she allowed and retire the next three batters to end the game. Donohue improved to 7-10 on the season by striking out four batters and allowing just the one run on three hits.

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