USD softball players to
face U.S. Olympic team One current and two former members of The University of South Dakota softball team have been selected to play for the Black Hills Gold all-star softball team. Tagney Jones and former Coyotes Tiffany (Davis) Butler and Krystal Kirwan will be part of the team that will help prepare the U.S. Olympic team for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. â�?�?This is a great opportunity for these players to compete against the Olympic team and it is great exposure for our program,â�? said USD interim head coach Amy Klyse. â�?�?Itâ�?�?s great for alumni to be able to come back and play. This is an outstanding way for Kirwan to end her career and for Tagney to get the experience to help prepare her for her final season. Not many people can say that they played against the best of the best.â�? Fifty-six players tried out for the team that will hold 19 players on the roster with five alternates. The all-star softball team is scheduled to play the three-time and defending gold medal winning U.S. Olympic softball team on July 15, at Pete Lien Memorial Field in Rapid City at 7 p.m. Jones finished her junior season with a .318 batting average while hitting two home runs, six doubles and 22 RBI. She was named to the All-NCC team, the Academic All-NCC team and the NCC Commissionerâ�?�?s Academic Honor Roll. Kirwan wrapped up her four-year career by becoming the first USD softball player to be named Academic All-American. She finished the season with a team-high in hits (43), doubles (15), runs batted in (23), runs (26) and slugging percentage (.523). Butler, who graduated in 2001 as Tiffany Davis, ranks as one of the all-time greatest players in school history. She is the career leader in home runs (53), runs batted in (211), runs scored (173) and is second in hits (240). South Dakota finished the season with a 19-25 record, including a 6-6 third place finish in the NCC. The Coyotes will begin their first year of transition to NCAA Division I in 2008-09.