South Dakota softball capped off a weekend sweep of South Dakota State by scoring two runs off a throwing error in the sixth inning en route a 2-1 win on Saturday at Jackrabbit Softball Stadium. All three runs scored in the game were unearned.
The runs occurred on a ball put in play by Morgan Hancock with two outs and the bases loaded. A throwing error by SDSU pitcher Ashlyn Bender allowed Katie Dinning to score from third and Yvon Minogue to score from second. Hancock was credited with two RBI on the play.
SDSU (9-32, 2-16) could have ended the inning during the prior at bat with runners on first and second. Allie Daly hit a ball to shortstop, but an error during the exchange to second for the force play allowed Dinning to reach third, Minogue to reach second and Daly to reach first.
South Dakota (28-17, 9-5) freshman pitcher Rachel Cue completed the weekend sweep, tallying her 17th win of the season while striking out five, walking one and allowing three hits. Over the series, she won all three games while giving up one run, striking out 13 and allowing seven hits in 17 innings of work.
SDSU’s Bender also allowed three hits while recording a walk and a strikeout.
Cue had a no-hitter through the first three innings while Bender no-nit the Coyotes through the first four. SDSU’s Emily Bingham recorded the game’s first hit in the bottom of the fourth on a single to left field. She would give SDSU a 1-0 lead on the next at bat by scoring from first off of a throwing error from Hancock in right field.
Hancock broke up Bender’s no-hitter in the top of the fifth with a bunt single. Dinning and Kassie Loe recorded the other two hits for the Coyotes, hitting singles in the sixth and seventh innings respectively.
South Dakota finished the weekend outscoring the Jacks 20-1 and holding a 28-7 advantage in hits. The Coyotes will play a doubleheader against North Dakota in Grand Forks on Tuesday starting at 3 p.m.
Courtesy: Jarrod Tell, Assistant Sports Information Director/Video Coordinator, University of South Dakota