INDIANAPOLIS -- South Dakota softball totaled 26 runs and hit .484 as a team in winning a pair of games. The Coyotes beat the Jaguars 17-9 and 9-6 to move past IUPUI and into second place in the Summit League standings.
In game one, South Dakota senior first baseman Kayla Fields became the second Coyote on record to go 5-for-5 at the plate in a single game. Her two-run home run in the top of the first inning set the tone in a game in which at least one USD hitter touched home in every inning..
Coyote second baseman Taylor Steinfeldt also went 5-for-5 Saturday, but needed both games to get there. She had two doubles, was hit by a pitch, and executed a sacrifice bunt in game one. She singled in all three of her at bats in game two. Steinfeldt raised her season average 36 points to .317.
The play of the day came in game two when South Dakota third baseman Jamie Holscher capped a six-run third inning with a grand slam to center field.
MORNINGSIDE 8-3, COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY 2-4: No. 10 Morningside scored four runs in the first inning and went on to down College of Saint Mary 8-2. The Flames rebounded to take the second game 4-3 Saturday in Omaha.
Rachel Koch hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the opener and Moriah Bohlmann followed with her own two-run shot two batters later.
Emily Dorpinghaus drove in three runs for Morningside.
Pitcher Rachel Henks allowed four hits, walked two and struck out 10.
The Flames scored two runs in both the first and second innings of the second game and made it stand up for the win.
The Mustangs scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on an Elin Landgren single but she was stranded at second to end the game.
College of Saint Mary pitcher Nicki Larsen allowed five hits, walked two and struck out three. Henks took the loss as she give up five hits, walked one and struck out five. She is 24-6 on the season.
BEMIDJI 3-5, WAYNE STATE 1-1: Bemidji State posted a Northern Sun Conference softball sweep over Wayne State 3-1 and 5-1 Saturday afternoon in Bemidji, Minnesota.
The opener saw the host Beavers produce three runs on three hits with one Wildcat error in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The second game saw the Wildcats outhit Bemidji State 9-7, but the Beavers used two runs in the first and three more in the sixth.
WSC scored its lone run of the game in the sixth, but had scoring chances in the fourth and fifth innings and came up empty both times.
WSC will visit Minnesota Crookston Sunday for a 1 p.m. NSIC doubleheader.
NORTHWESTERN 6-0, DOANE 5-7: Northwestern split with Doane in a GPAC doubleheader Saturday winning the opener 6-5 before falling 7-0.
Doane trailed the opener 6-3 going to the bottom of the seventh when Nicole Fernandez had a two-RBI single, but a groundout followed to end the game.
Mons Figueroa went 4-for-4 for the Red Raiders in the opener while Brianna Petrauskas and Madison Beaver both had two hits. Kayla Tindall got the pitching win despite giving up 11 hits. She walked two and stuck out four.
Northwestern had 10 hits in the second game but could not get a runner past home. Katie Elliott and Jaclyn Smith both had two hits for the Red Raiders.
Northwestern is now 21-20 overall and 8-8 in the GPAC while Doane is 20-20 and 5-9.
MIDLAND 7-7, BRIAR CLIFF 2-1: The Briar Cliff softball team lost a pair of games to Midland 7-2 and 7-1 in Fremont, Nebraska.
In the opener, the Chargers got both of their runs in the sixth inning. Briar Cliff had eight hits in the game but committed two errors. Midland got a home run from Hannah Wolzen had a solo homer for the Warriors.
Briar Cliff scored in the third inning to tie the game at 1-1 in the finale. However, Midland would score six runs in the fourth to secure the win. Brenna Oliver had two hits for the Chargers.
Ciara Dotzler took the loss for the Chargers as she gave up five earned runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings of work.
Briar Cliff is now 8-27 overall and 2-14 in the GPAC while Midland improved to 15-21 and 5-9.
DORDT 3-1, HASTINGS 1-9: Dordt scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to break a 1-1 tie and down Hastings in the first game of a doubleheader in Hastings, Nebraska Saturday.
Rachel Evavold scored in the sixth inning on a Tessa Howerzyl sacrifice fly, and Michal Huizena scored Corinne Valdix with an RBI double in the seventh.
Tianna Top got the pitching win as she allowed one run on six hits and struck out 10.
Hastings scored four runs in the first inning and five in the sixth in the second game. Both teams had nine hits.
Dordt is now 16-17 overall and 9-7 in the GPAC.
LUTHER 8-6, BUENA VISTA 0-5: No. 4 Luther got a walk-off double from Natalie Stockman in the seventh inning to register an Iowa Conference softball sweep over the Beavers in Decorah, Iowa Saturday.
The Norse got a two-hit shutout from pitchers Samantha Bratland and Amanda Witzlib in the opener and have now won 26 straight game between the schools dating back to May 5, 2005. The Beavers scored all their runs in the first three innings of the nightcap, taking a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the third inning before Luther scored twice to tie the game at 5-5. The game stayed tied until Stockman's winning hit in the seventh.
Keely Bycroft, Jeanne Bramhall and Marissa Schmidt each had two hits and drove in a run in the second game for Buena Vista (18-14 overall, 6-6 IIAC). Luther remains atop the league at 9-1 and is 31-3 overall.