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USD Softball splits at Stetson


DELAND, FL (KWSN) — South Dakota split a pair of games on day two of a tournament hosted by Stetson at Wilson Field. The Coyotes beat Memphis 2-1 in the opener and fell 3-2 in eight innings to the host-Hatters in the nightcap.

USD senior Kassie Loe broke up Christian Novak’s perfect game bid with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the sixth inning that tied the game at 1-1. Freshman Shelby Keil handed Novak the loss with a pinch-hit, walk-off double in the seventh inning that scored Morgan Hancock from first base.

It was Loe’s first homer of the season and her fourth in 135 career games with USD. Keil’s walk-off was her second collegiate hit in seven at bats.

Coyote freshman Rachel Cue (4-3) pitched a complete game in earning her fourth win of the season. She retired 15 of the final 16 batters she faced. Cue struck out two and walked none.

Memphis (8-10) plated a run in the top of the first inning and could have scored another, but Hancock threw out Brittany Vaughn at the plate from right field for an inning-ending double play. It was Hancock’s second assist this season. Five of the Tigers’ six hits of Cue came in the first three innings.

South Dakota came back from another early deficit in game two against Stetson. Junior catcher Allie Daly walked and scored on a Katie Dinning single in the third that cut the Hatters’ lead in half at 2-1. Dinning led off the sixth inning with a base hit and scored on a Matley Jones single to left that tied the game at 2-2.

Stetson pitcher Meredith Owen struck out the side in the top of the eighth inning against the heart of USD’s lineup. Kayla Drury delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth that scored Owen from third.

Madison Frain (4-4) was the hard-luck pitcher for the ‘Yotes. She entered in relief of Kayla Fields in the second inning and didn’t allow an earned run in 5 1/3 innings. She yielded five hits, three of which came in the final inning, and had two strikeouts.

USD is 1-2 at the tournament and 9-7 on the season. The Coyotes conclude the tournament with an 11 a.m. contest with Bethune-Cookman (8-14).

Courtesy: University of South Dakota