VERMILLION, S.D. – Allie Daly had four RBI on four hits while Matley Jones had three RBI on four hits as South Dakota softball swept a doubleheader against Western Illinois 3-2 and 4-1 at Nygaard Field on Friday to move to 4-3 in Summit League play.
Daly had a game winning two RBI single in game one with two outs off of Hailey Bickford (4-8), driving in Lindsey Boyd and Katie Dinning in the process. The hit capped off a seventh inning rally that had three singles in the Coyotes (21-13) last four at bats. Daly was 3-for-3 in the game with a double, two singles and a walk.
Jones was the only other Coyote to record more than one hit in game one, hitting a single in the second inning and a solo homerun in the fifth.
After giving up a pair of unearned runs in the second, Coyote pitcher Rachel Cue (11-7) retired 13 of the last 15 batters she faced, including a stretch of 10 straight. She finished the game with one strikeout and a walk.
South Dakota never trailed in game two with Daly and Jones tallying two-run homers in the first and sixth innings respectively. Jones also added a single to start off the second inning for her fourth hit of the day.
Madison Frain recorded the win (9-6), giving up no earned runs and striking out a pair of Leathernecks (18-18-1, 4-7).
WIU scored their lone run in the fourth off of a throwing error. Teagan Walsh and Lia Romeo were the only Leathernecks to record multiple hits in either game with two each in game two.
The teams will meet in the series finale at Nygaard Field on Saturday at noon.
Courtesy: USD Jarrod Tell