FARGO, ND (KWSN) - Fort Wayne catcher Dani Pugh’s three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the difference as IPFW went on to beat South Dakota 5-2 in the opening round of the Summit League Championships at Ellig Sports Complex on Thursday night. The Coyotes (29-19, 12-7 SL) will face Kansas City at 3 p.m. tomorrow in an elimination game.
Erica Denney (17-8) went the distance on the mound for USD, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits and striking out three. Kate Snow was 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs, while Lindsey Boyd was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and Matley Jones hit her eighth double of the season.
IPFW pitcher Miranda Kramer (22-7) set a new Summit League Championships record with 15 strikeouts in the complete game effort. She also allowed six hits and walked one ‘Yote.
South Dakota plated one run in the top of the second inning to open the scoring. Morgan Hancock led off with a walk, advanced to third on Christine Broders’ bunt single and scored on a single by Snow.
Fort Wayne (32-13, 12-4 SL) tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. With no outs and Larissa Franklin on second base Ashleigh Bou doubled down the left field line, scoring her teammate.
Two innings later Pugh’s three-run shot gave her team the lead for good. Fort Wayne added one more run in the stanza, pushing its lead to 5-1.
The Coyotes’ managed one run in their final opportunity at the plate. Kate Snow’s single through the middle of the infield scored Katelyn Wudel, who came on to pinch run after Jones’ double. It was the 10th RBI of the season for Snow.
Friday afternoon’s matchup between USD and UMKC will mark the fourth time the two teams have met this season, as the ‘Yotes swept a three-game series with the ‘Roos in Vermillion on April 27 and 28.
Courtesy: University of South Dakota