USD defeats Washburn at UNO Softball Classic

USD defeats Washburn at UNO Softball Classic
Brittany Donohue pitched a four-hit shutout to lead The University of South Dakota softball team to a 1-0 win over Washburn at the Nebraska-Omaha Softball Classic which concluded on Sunday, March 30, in Omaha, NE.

South Dakota, which improved to 8-12 on the season, ended a six-game losing streak with the win over Washburn. The Coyotes had a 1-4 record during the UNO Softball Classic. The Coyotes were 1-2 on Sunday after losing to Truman State, 3-0, and Wayne State, 8-0, earlier in the day.

Donohue (So., St. Paul, MN), who improved to 2-3 on the season, recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in picking up the win against Washburn, which dropped to 21-17 on the season. The game was scoreless until the Coyotes pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, USD's Rachel Fricke (So., Monroe, NE) doubled and advanced to third on an error by Washburn. After Ashley Weyers (Jr., Lincoln, NE) reached on a fielder's choice, Krystal Kirwan (Sr., Omaha, NE) hit the game-winning RBI single to score Fricke. Kirwan led the Coyote offensive attack with three hits.

Megan Kimerer (4-3) took the loss for Washburn although she allowed just seven hits and one run with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings on the mound.

Truman State scored two runs in the second and add another tally in the fifth to defeat the Coyotes, 3-0. USD was limited to just two hits by Stephanie Martin (3-6) of Truman State. Martin recorded six strikeouts with four walks while pitching a complete game shutout.

Donohue took the mound for the Coyotes and picked up the loss. She allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings of work. USD received hits from Tagney Jones (Jr., Lincoln, NE) and Callie Roan (So., Sioux City, IA).

In the loss to Wayne State, Katie Goetzinger (10-6) tossed a five-hit shutout for the Wildcats. The Coyotes managed just two hits, including singles by Kirwan and Donohue.

Wayne State, which improved to 13-11, scored four runs in the first inning, added three in the fourth inning and one in the fifth inning. After USD failed to score in the bottom of the fifth inning, the game ended by the eight-run rule.

USD's Mel Johnson (Fr., Sioux Falls), who faced just one hitter, took the loss as her record fell to 2-2.

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