KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Former Summit League foes South Dakota and Kansas City split a doubleheader at Missouri 3&2 Complex Tuesday. South Dakota (23-14) took the opener 2-1 and Kansas City (14-31) won the nightcap 8-2.
Coyote freshman pitcher Rachel Cue won her fourth consecutive start to improve to 13-7 on the season. Cue allowed six hits and struck out five while walking two in her complete-game effort. She surrendered a solo home run to Katie Kelley in the fifth inning and worked out of bases-loaded jams in the first and fourth innings. She retired the final seven batters she faced.
Junior catcher Allie Daly homered for the second time in three games. Her two-run shot off Cinda Ramos in the first inning was her sixth of the season. Daly has seven RBIs in her last five games.
Kansas City junior first baseman Caitlin Christopher drove in four runs in game two, three of which came on a bases-loaded triple in the second inning that gave the Roos a 5-0 lead. Kelley’s second home run of the day, a two-run shot in the fourth inning, made it 7-1.
Kelley was 3-for-5 during the twin bill. She also pitched a complete game in game two, surrendering six hits and two runs with five strikeouts and two walks. Kelley improved her record to 8-14.
Coyote junior Matley Jones, who played third base for the first time this season Tuesday, hit her fifth home run of the season to put USD on the board in the fourth inning. Kayla Fields, who pitched the final three innings of game two, added an RBI single in the sixth inning that scored Yvon Minogue. Junior right fielder Morgan Hancock had two hits in game two and was 3-for-7 on the day.
Kansas City, which left the Summit League a year ago, is competing in the Western Athletic Conference for the first time this season and is 3-6 near the halfway mark of the conference slate.
Courtesy: USD Bryan Boettcher