The USF softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader versus Winona State on Friday as the Cougars struggled at the plate batting only 0.180 in the two games.
The pair of losses drops USF to 26-11 on the year and 14-7 in league play while WSU improves to 32-6 overall with a 15-3 record in the NSIC.
Winona State 3, USF 0
Game one of Friday’s doubleheader between USF and Winona State was a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings as no runs were scored. However, a late offensive surge by the Warriors gave them a 3-0 victory due in large part to a rough offensive outing for the Cougars as they hit just 0.125 in the box compared to 0.344 for WSU.
Winona State also performed well with their backs against the wall as each of the Warriors three runs came with two outs on the board.
In the fifth inning, the Warriors scored the first runs of the day when a Morgan Lintz single to the shortstop brought in two runs and gave WSU a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars best chance to score came in the sixth inning when a Shannon Daly single down the rightfield line moved Erin Scott to thirdbase. However, Daly tried to stretch her hit into a double and was thrown out by the rightfielder for USF’s first out of the inning. The Cougars then followed up Daly’s hit with a pop fly and a ground out to end the inning with no runs.
The final run of the day came in the seventh when a Mary Turitto single to right field brought in Jenny Nelson to give Winona State their final margin of victory at three runs.
Amanda Walters (16-6) was charged with the loss as she gave up three earned runs and eleven hits in seven innings pitched.
Ashley Walker (11-4) picked up the win for Winona State, ending the day having given up only three hits and no earned runs in the shutout victory. Walker also struck out eight Cougars batters in her time on the mound.
USF scored zero runs on three hits while also committing one error.
Winona State’s three runs came off of eleven hits while only committing one error.
Winona State 9, USF 2
Winona State got on the board first in the third inning as a Jenny Nelson single to the pitcher brought home Shannon Nelson.
In the fifth inning, a pair of throwing errors by the Cougars in the same play allowed Lexi Perez to score and put WSU up by two runs. USF attempted to catch Perez stealing, but back-to-back errant throws by the Cougars allowed her to advance around the bases.
Another pair of errors in one play allowed Shannon Nelson to score and put WSU up by three runs in the sixth inning.
USF tried to answer back in the sixth inning as Amanda Walters hit a single to centerfield that allowed Erin Scott and Andrea Sheppard Kauwalu to bring the Cougars within one run of the Warriors. Walters ended the day going 2-of-3 at the plate with two RBI.
However, the seventh inning saw more of the same as two USF errors coupled with a two-run homer brought in five runs for the Warriors giving them a 9-2 victory.
Bailey Bouman was credited with the loss as she gave up 13 hits and five earned runs in seven innings on the mound.
Hanna Lythberg claimed the victory as she allowed only six hits and two earned runs while also striking out nine Cougar batters
The Cougars scored their two runs off of six hits while also committing eight errors.
The Warriors scored their nine runs off of thirteen hits while committing zero errors.
The Cougars will return to action on Saturday when they play host to Upper Iowa in their home finale with first pitch set for 12 p.m. USF will be honoring the three senior players between the first and second game of the doubleheader.
Courtesy: Paul Watley, Sports Information Graduate Assistant, University of Sioux Falls Athletics