University of South Dakota softball won its first two contests at the Rebel Spring Games, defeating Detroit Mercy 5-4 and La Salle 12-3 (5 inn.). Lindsey Boyd stole two bases against La Salle, giving her 70 for her career and setting a new South Dakota stolen bases record in the process.
USD used a nine run fourth inning to discard the Explorers early. The ‘Yotes sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning and collected four walks, four singles and seven RBIs. Boyd walked and scored twice in the inning while Kate Snow’s single with the bases loaded netted two RBIs.
The Coyotes also scored runs in the first and third innings. Boyd led off the game with a single and the record-tying steal and later scored on an Allie Daly double to right center field. Morgan Hancock’s third inning double to center field scored Matley Jones and Christine Broders and tied the score at 3-3.
Missy Blackburn earned her second victory of the season, pitching all five innings and striking out three batters. Hancock, Snow and Jones all had two hits in the game while Boyd scored three runs.
Against Detroit Mercy, South Dakota entered the bottom of the sixth trailing 4-3. Kassie Loe opened the frame with a double to right field, advanced to third on Broders’ single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hancock. After a Boyd walk and a fielder’s choice, Minogue came to the plate with runners on first and second and knocked a single to center field to deliver the game-winning RBI.
The Coyotes additional runs came in the second and fifth innings. With two outs and Loe on first, Broders’ belted her fourth home run of the season to give USD a 2-0 lead. After the Titans scored three runs in the top of the fifth, Katie Dinning and Minogue strung together back-to-back singles in the bottom of the fifth inning Daly doubled down the left field line, scoring Dinning and tying the game.
Erica Denney pitched the complete game against Detroit Mercy, improving her record to 5-3 on the year. Denney struck out five batters and allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks.
Minogue went 3 for 4 at the plate with one RBI, while Broders and Loe each had two hits for the game.