VERMILLION, S.D. | South Dakota’s softball team is headed to the Summit League Championships on a high note, with wins in each of their last three games.
Back-to-back solo home runs from Allie Daly and Morgan Hancock in the fifth inning highlighted a 3-1 Summit victory over Kansas City Sunday afternoon at Nygaard Field.
Daly, who chased Katie Dinning home with an RBI double in the first inning, leads South Dakota (28-16, 11-5 Summit) with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs.
Hancock’s sixth home run of the season was the 40th overall, for the Coyotes.
Winning pitcher Erica Denney (16-7) allowed one run, seven hits and one walk while striking out three.
WAYNE STATE 2-0, MARY 0-4
WAYNE, Neb. | Sara Scheffert pitched a complete-game shutout for Wayne State in Sunday afternoon’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener, but the Wildcats were held to five hits while being blanked in the nightcap.
Scheffert (15-6) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out four. Teammate Michelle Thille singled in the third inning and scored an unearned run on a throwing error, while pinch-hitter Tiffani Housh hit an RBI single in the sixth inning.
Vicki Nielsen was 2-for-3 with a double while Jordan King singled twice.
Kylee Simpson and Lexie Loos were each 2-for-3 for Wayne State (26-14, 17-9 NSIC) in the nightcap. Mary snapped the scoreless tie with four runs off reliever Cassy Miller (4-2) in the seventh inning.
BELLEVUE 5-14, BUENA VISTA 0-1
STORM LAKE, Iowa | Shelby Kindelin was 6-for-9 with a home run and three RBIs Sunday while leading Bellevue to a non-conference sweep over Buena Vista.
Stephanie Hayden and Jessy Bibler each recorded a double in the opener for the Beavers. Jenna Falline (8-10) suffered the pitching loss.
Buena Vista (14-20), a sixth seed in the upcoming Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, was outhit 18-8 in the nightcap. Britney Kubik and Erin Klieforth each doubled.
NEBRASKA WESLEYAN 15-4, MOUNT MARTY 5-9
YANKTON, S.D. | Courtney Hansen highlighted an eight-run first inning of the nightcap with a grand slam as Mount Marty bounced back from a 15-5 setback in the opener.
Michaela Bunde was 2-for-4 for Mount Marty (4-22, 4-14 Great Plains Athletic Conference) and was one of four Lancers with RBI singles in the opening inning. Jamie Gregory and Gabi Cardenas each contributed two hits.
Nebraska Wesleyan scored six runs in both the second and third innings of the opener. Bunde was 3-for-3 while Gregory added two hits.
USD 8-8, KANSAS CITY 7-1
VERMILLION, S.D. | The South Dakota softball team won a pair of games against Kansas City in a doubleheader Saturday to secure a spot in the Summit League Softball Championships.
The Coyotes won the first game 8-7 in 11 innings on a wild finish. Christine Broders missed a bunt attempt as Morgan Hancock was attempting a suicide squeeze to leave her stuck halfway between third and home. Hancock scored on a throwing error to win the game. Allie Daly hit a two-run homer and finished with three total RBIs for South Dakota. Matley Jones and Katie Cochran each drove in one run. Erica Denney pitched a complete game and allowed 18 hits, six earned runs and struck out two batters.
South Dakota (26-16, 9-5) won the second game 8-1 with Madison Frain earning the win. Frain pitched a complete game and allowed four hits, one run and struck out nine batters. Yvon Minogue went 3-4 with a two-run homer and three total RBIs. Lindsey Boyd, Katie Dining, Daly and Hancock each drove in one run.