Coyotes shock Nebraska-Omaha with sweep of NCC twinbill For the first time in school history, The University of South Dakota softball team has swept a doubleheader from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Coyotes, behind the strong pitching of Brittany Donohue, won game one 2-1. Then in game two, Abby Poulterâ�?�?s three-run triple secured a 5-3 victory. With the sweep, the Coyotes improve to 15-21 overall and 5-5 in the NCC while the Mavericks fall to 37-8 overall and 9-2 in league play. Game One In the first contest of the dayâ�?�?s twinbill, the Mavericks went up against another dominant performance from Donohue (So., St. Paul, MN). The southpaw went the distance, striking out eight batters and no walks. She allowed one run on just four hits in the game. The Mavericks were able to hit Donohue in the first inning. They jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Donohue surrender a double and a base hit in the first. After Leslie Svobodaâ�?�?s RBI base hit with two outs in the first, Donohue went on to retire 10 straight batters. Also, after the first inning, only one UNO batter would get into scoring position for the rest of the game. The Coyotes tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning. Abby Poulter (Sr. Colfax, IA) ledoff the inning with a triple down the left field line and then scored two batters later when Donohue helped her own cause and drove her in. Two innings later the Coyotes would take the lead thanks to another extra base hit. With one out, Mel Johnson (Fr., Sioux Falls) jumped on a 0-1 pitch and hammered it over the centerfield fence. The win improved Donohueâ�?�?s record to 6-8 overall on the season and has won three of her last four starts. Game Two The Coyote offense got to work in the fourth inning, scoring two runs to break a scoreless tie. Johnson ledoff the inning with a base on balls and then was followed by a Donohue base hit to the outfield. Then with two outs Krystal Kirwan (Sr., Omaha, NE), who went 2-for-3 in game two, knocked in a pair of runs in to put USD up 2-0. USD would rack up three insurance runs in the sixth inning that would prove to be very valuable later in the game. With the bases loaded and two away, Poulter laced another triple down the right field line to clear the bases. Her two triples in the doubleheader were her first two triples of the season. Nebraska-Omaha would make the game interesting in the seventh inning. Cortney Heim (Fr., Plattsmouth, NE) gave up a double, a single and an RBI single to start the inning. Donohue would relieve Heim with no outs and runners on first and second. She would retire the first two batters she faced, but a two-run double brought the Mavericks to within two runs. That would be as close as UNO would get as Donohue would get Chelsea Koch grounded to second to end the game. Heim got the win for USD, allowing eight hits and three runs in 6.0 innings of work. She struck out two batters and improved to 5-4 on the season.
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