South Dakota junior right fielder Morgan Hancock had four hits, including a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, to lead the Coyotes to a 7-4, extra-inning win against Texas State Sunday on the final day of San Diego State’s Tournament. The Coyotes won their final two games of the tourney to improve to 5-3 on the year.
Hancock’s first collegiate four-hit game included two singles and her team-leading fifth double of the season. She scored three runs and her homer gave USD a 7-3 lead in the final inning. Hancock batted .467 (7 of 15) during the five-game tournament with three doubles and five RBIs.
Texas State (7-3), which upset 23rd-ranked California Saturday, lost for the first time in three games despite tying the game twice while down to its final out. Bianca Prado tied the game at 2-2 with a base hit to left field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Timishia North singled to left with two outs in the eighth that tied the game at 3-3.
In the top of the ninth, Katie Dinning gave USD a 4-3 lead with a base hit up the middle. Dinning later scored from third on an Allie Daly ground out to make it 5-3. Hancock’s 13th collegiate homer followed.
Hancock led off the second inning with a bunt single and later scored when Lindsey Boyd drew a bases loaded walk.
Boyd singled with two outs in the fourth inning, stole second and scored on a Dinning single to left to give USD a 2-0 lead.
USD freshman pitcher Rachel Cue pitched 7 1/3 innings before handing off to sophomore Madison Frain. Cue allowed five hits, struck out four and walked six. Frain got out of the eighth and retired three of four hitters in the ninth to earn her third win of the season.
Next up for South Dakota is a three-day tournament hosted by Louisiana Monroe which begins Friday.
Courtesy: Bryan boettcher, USD